The Quest for Cheap Contact Solution in France

One thing I’ve always been amazed at in France is how expensive contact solution is. It’s usually only found at an optician’s store or perhaps a pharmacy and, compared to most countries, it’s extremely pricey.

This post is simply for the many people out there looking for affordable contact solution in France. In my own search I found many blogs and forums with travellers and expats voicing their surprise over the high price. But rarely did anyone post about where to find the cheapest. So here’s what I found:

IMG_20150216_120309_editHans Anders. At least in Lille, Hans Anders has (by far) the best prices for contact solution. Their store-name brand is about 5 euros cheaper than most other places, and you actually get a larger bottle! They also have a travel-sized bottle (within the 200ml carry-on allowance for liquids) perfect for vacation.

Find a Hans Anders location near you here.Find a Hans Anders location near you here.


Not Just Another Zombie Show….Not Even Close

There are a lot of entertaining TV shows out there right now, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt compelled to sit down & write about one of them. Not until I watched BBC’s award-winning show for Best Mini-Series: In The Flesh.

Flesh 03Yep, it’s a zombie show. But it isn’t about the blood, gore & outrunning the undead.  The zombies here have PDS or Partially Deceased Syndrome and are being rehabilitated into society. The show uses zombies as a metaphor for so many ostracized groups in societies both today and historically. And that’s where this show gets its power. Flesh 04

The outsider: not accepted by family, not welcome in the community, living everyday with a label that evokes hatred & stereotypes. So many people can relate. Which is why so many people relate to Kieran Walker, the lead character played by Luke Newberry. The ending to Season Two, Episode Three not only made me yell out loud & lose my breath, but it has it’s very own YouTube clip [spoiler alert!].

Flesh 02Though it’s not outwardly a gay-themed show, LGBT blogs & magazines have probably been the most vocal in sounding their support and recognition of the show’s similarity to the gay community, the struggle with coming out, and the stigmatization of people living with HIV and AIDS. As a gay man, these undertones in the show are exactly what had me sitting at home with tears in my eyes over zombies on my TV screen……and that’s a first.

Blackberry Travel: Best Travel App I’ve Ever Seen

imageThis app continues to baffle me with how amazing it is. For frequent travellers, especially for business, I see why Blackberry is still the way to go.

I just booked two flights. When I received the confirmation email from the airline, Blackberry Travel automatically loaded all the flight details into the app & my phone’s calendar. It includes everything: date, departure & arrival times, flight number, booking reference number, confirmation number, flight company website & contact, +++ image

It’s an active app so it constantly monitors the flights: automatically updates time changes, gate changes (yes, it even tells me what gate to go to), etc. It tells me the current weather forecast & time for my departure & arrival cities. It’ll even take me to other travel apps to help with city guides, maps, and translation for foreign languages.

From right in the app I can book a hotel (with a low-price guarantee), rent a car, or book a private vehicle for airport transportation. It adds all details right into my calendar & phone so I never need to worry about losing reservation info. It’s all right here.


What Goes Down the Drain Shouldn’t Be Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I’ve known for year that Sodium laureth sulfate was in most bath products we buy. I’ve known that it’s been proven to cause cancer, organ-system toxicity, and irritation. But I never thought about how devastating it is to our environment & waterways after it washes down the drain.

Check your bottles of soap, shampoo, body wash, +++ and see how common it is. Then, never buy products with it again. Ever.


Check out this site for detailed information regarding your health and how this chemical can harm you:

Tell LEGO to dump Shell from trying to clean up its image with our kids

imageIf Shell could, it would drill for oil on every corner of the globe. So more than 5 million people have joined together to stop Shell from endangering one of the last pristine places on Earth: the fragile Arctic. Those who have acted know what this place represents, and understand that to save the planet and save the Arctic is to save us all.Shell is using Lego to clean up its image for dirty oil drilling. Tell Lego to cut ties with Shell and save the Arctic

Darren’s On The Move: Toronto à Lille 2014 – 2015

Darren’s Got Some News from Darren Donahue on Vimeo.


Alberta’s Tar Sands vs. Our Fresh Water. The most important 3 minutes you’ll spend all week.

Animated sequences from the feature documentary H2Oil explain, in a nutshell, the issues and problems associated with oil/tar sands production in Canada.