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Season’s Greetings from Paris! It’s holiday gift-giving season again and I am sure you are in the market for some unique gifts for family, friends, and colleagues. You can never go wrong with the gift of Paris and I have... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at I Prefer Paris
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Today starts my annual foray into the holiday windows, displays, lights and festivities all over Paris. I’ll be publishing posts all this week and next. Every year Printemps has a celebrity or movie star kick off the launch of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at I Prefer Paris
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Last month I was invited to spend the day at Chateau de Cheverny, one of the grandest chateaus in the Loire Valley. I took the 7:29 train from Gare Austerlitz and arrived at Blois train station at 9:01. The publicist... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at I Prefer Paris
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Season’s Greetings from Paris! It’s holiday gift-giving season again and I am sure you are in the market for some unique gifts for family, friends, and colleagues. You can never go wrong with the gift of Paris and I have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at I Prefer Paris
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I don’t remember if I ever mentioned my brother Joe on Eye Prefer Paris, but he is one of the top interior designers in the U.S. His company Fox-Nahem Design was co-founded with Tom Fox in the 1980s. Since then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Obsession Marlene Pierre Pasabon is obsessed with Marlene Dietrich. He has collected over 2,000 photos of the most glamorous woman who ever lived. A snippet of his collection, approximately 200 photos by world-famous photographers Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Manon Kerjean and her partner run Lost in Frenchlation, a series of weekly screenings of current French films with English subtitles Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Paris! What were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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A frequent question I am asked is “Where can I buy good French linens” and I am at a loss to answer the question. Most of the handful of French linen brands are very commercial and pretty much the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Last month when I had lunch at the Hotellerie de Bas-Bréau in Barbizon, I told you that the owner’s son had recently opened a new restaurant in Paris. I visited L’Elan 9 in the 9th arr. on the rue du... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Here is my annual Thanksgiving blog, which I've published before. Enjoy! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and for the last ten years I have published this French Thanksgiving vocabulary list, courtesy of my former New York French teacher,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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A new crop of small patisseries featuring one or two specialty products have opened in Paris in the past few years; Madeleines, eclairs, creampuffs are just a few on the list. Maison Aleph, opened by Myriam Sabet in the Marais... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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My worldwide quest for doors continues. This month it's Ghent, Belgium, which I visited last month. Ghent had some unusual styles of doors, which I hadn’t seen before. In case you missed my posts about Ghent, here are the links.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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It’s turned cooler in Paris in the last month and I’ve captured some of the last foliage on the trees. The top photo with the pumpkins was taken in a potager at Chateau Cheverny in the Loire. If you still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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If there ever were a legendary window decorator, it would be Leïla Menchari, who works for Hermes. She has designed the visionary windows for 40 years at the flagship boutique on rue Faubourg Saint Honore. The windows have always represented... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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The Lancaster Hotel, just off the Champs Elysees, is one of the more elegant hotels in Paris. A former hotel particulier (private mansion) built in 1889; it was occupied by Spanish nobleman Santiago Drake del Castillo. Swiss hotelier Emile Wolf... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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After dinner in Ghent, I strolled the riverside banks. It was a crisp night painted by a black sky and the buildings were lit, casting reflections on the placid water, creating a double image. The tones were a natural sepia... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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I am writing a new monthly series of articles for a travel agent website about destinations that are three hours or less by train from Paris (I will also be sharing the destinations here). This distance throws a wide net... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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I am pleased as punch to have Murder in Saint Germain by Cara Black as the selection this month. In case you didn’t know, Cara Black has written a series of highly entertaining murder mysteries taking place in the different... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Gauguin, The Alchemist A unique new exhibition displays 200 works by Gauguin, focusing on his creative process. Till January 22, 2018 Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Metro: Champs Elysees-Clemenceau http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/gauguin-alchemist Mariano Fortuny, A Spaniard in Venice Mariano... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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After lunch at Hotellerie de Bas-Bréau, Jean-Pierre was kind enough to take me on a tour of the village. There are two small museums in Barbizon, one private and one public. The Barbizon school of painters was a period of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Last Friday I spent an ideal day in the French countryside. I was sent a press release earlier this month about a fall menu consisting of mostly game and mushrooms at the Hotellerie de Bas-Bréau in Barbizon. The publicist arranged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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My trip to Avignon last month was fruitful in the door department and I am sharing my bounty with you this month. Enjoy! Christmas & New Years in Paris-My Apartment for Rent December 24 to January 3(dates flexible) How would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Hors les Murs, an extension of the FIAC art fair, is a series of art pieces and sculptures exhibited in the Tuileries, Place Vendome and this year also in the garden of the Delacroix Museum in Saint Germain. I’ve been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Autumn is full bloom and many of the photos this month reflect the foliage in the parks, courtyards, and sides of buildings. The leaves and ivy are turning burning red, mustard and ochre and piling on the ground. Fall fashion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at I Prefer Paris
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Sometimes, as a local, you need a little nudge to get you out flaneuring after a lazy summer away from the city. For me, that kick in the pants is my Photo Exploring Class. We wander to far-flung corners of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at I Prefer Paris