Tonight was the final of the BBC's Big Painting Challenge (not that I was home to watch it). I entered the programme's amateur artists' competition - the challenge was to paint something on the back of a postcard, and the top 1,000 entries will be exhibited at an art gallery in Manchester.
Tonight I am in Paris with my 14-year-old daughter. We arrived earlier today, feeling rather weary after a tiring week, and soon we will be snoozing in our French hotel room - classically boutique in style with its antique furniture, tall windows and floral wallpaper. We are in St Germaine, the buzzing beating heart of the Rive Gauche, but surprisingly our hotel room is fairly quiet. Tomorrow we are going to the Musee d'Orsay art gallery to marvel at the work of some truly great artists.