Hello my Neeshies…
Sorry again for the long delay in writing to you. The Holidays have passed. The New Year has begun. The days will now become longer. I’m beginning to get that feeling of hibernation that comes with the post holiday excitement. So what better time than to share with you my gratitude for the past year and hope for the New Year!
And that includes hope for my adopted City...Paris! May it continue to offer all the splendor and beauty that exists. May they continue to preserve a culture that embraces all that is joy; art, music, food, technology, literature, café culture, openness to new thought and diversity, even in uncertain times!
Through the years I have had the desire and good fortune to spend quite a bit of time in Paris and would love to share with you everything that continues to inspire and astonish me about the city.
I have walked every street in every neighborhood and pretty much know every pastry shop which I happily sample at any given chance.
No more maps needed, no more dinner reservations made in advance, now I can find my place in any neighborhood and am happy with a crepe, salade et un petit pitchet du vin rouges! I can find the best salted caramel, lemon tart, the crispiest crust baguette (bien cuit, as I like it).
I am a well known “butter smuggler”. I have never known the taste of butter like the bordier butter in France so I have taken to bringing the big freezer bag and stuffing many packets of it in my suitcase hoping the adorable beagle brigade will not sniff me out when going through customs.
I only delight in sharing all that I know and love about Paris, so please feel free at any time to ask me anything! J’adore Pareeee!
I like to stay in the 6th arrondissement, on a quiet little street directly behind the Eglise Saint-Sulpice. I have been staying here for years and now am known by all the staff who are lovely and helpful, and keep an eye out for me when I travel alone. I look forward to seeing them two to three times a year when I am there!
My room on the courtyard…always a bottle of wine and pastry bag on the table.
The hotel is very near the Luxembourg Gardens where I often take a morning jog, or find a table for a glass of wine as the evening begins to settle in. And the people watching is amazing. Where children are dressed as little dolls!
Not to mention the Dads, who are equally as beautiful!
And the sights! Everywhere I walk I am filled with a visual feast that creates a memory that nearly takes my breath away!
This is a place where respecting the old is as important as embracing the new. And then lighting it like a candle on a cake!
This is a place where a lit street will illuminate a historical masterpiece…and make even a non believer want to enter and light a candle for all.
This is a place where a department store can offer a brilliant idea to turn your books into an occasional transportable table top. Yes, the French have been way ahead of all in preserving and honoring our environment, and what a way to recycle!
This is a place where a simple crepe becomes a masterpiece—made with bordier butter and delicately sprinkled with cheese, thin slices of chorizo and perfectly cooked fried egg to break the yolk and combine the perfect blend of tastes!
This is a place where a building in the middle of a sprawling city can look like a ship that has dry-docked in the middle of a forest!
(New Louis Vuitton foundation in the Bois de Boulogne)
This is a place where a wall of graffiti inspires and informs one of color, placement, proportion and excitement!
And this is a place where a gentleman can wear a hat and stroll the avenue with confidence and grace.
Another year has come and gone and I would like to offer all of you Neeshies my Sincerest Merci!!!!! And to share with you my gratitude for your support, and my favorite place in the world, Paris!