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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

La Chambre aux Confitures - Is this the Best Jam in Paris?

I admit, I'm a little obsessed with La Chambre aux Confitures, a small jam shop around the corner from our flat. It has several things going for it. First of all it's at 60, Rue Vieille du Temple on one of my favorite streets in Paris.  Secondly they sell fabulous jam, lots of jam and even the odd pot of chutney or honey. Third who could resist flavors like apricot and lavender, blackcurrant and violet or strawberry and rose? Plus I love the packaging, could you resist the bag with the spoon on the right above?
The strawberry jam is so fresh it taste like something other than jam. It's extraordinary. I haven't tried any of the plum jams but they have an enormous variety as you can see.
The jams are ordered by color and type and it's aesthetically charming. They're stacked one on top of each other so it's good it's not earthquake country.
The chutneys have a slightly different packaging but look equally delicious.