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posted a Quick Tip about Paris, France. December 28, 2009
Culture, art, history, classical music,wine, food, scenery, and night life ... all with that certain French "Je ne sais quoi"!
reviewed Paris, France. December 22, 2009
From the busy streets of Paris to the lush beaches on the French Riviera, France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. A country known for its romance, food and beautiful country …
reviewed Les Papilles. October 28, 2009
Devora's review of The French Laundry restaurant reminds me of two excellent French-flavoured meals  we had last year.        The first was our Christmas present lfrom Elin …
posted a Quick Tip about L'Air du Temps. October 16, 2009
Nina Ricci
A perfume that not only smells good but looks good! It's a classic that was created 60 years ago. A time capsule indeed!
reviewed Tropic of Cancer. September 28, 2009
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Just completed reading the Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller for the third or fourth time and each time I read it I enjoy it more.  It takes place in Paris during the 1920s where Miller was one …
reviewed Jardins de Luxembourg. August 22, 2009
The Jardins de Luxembourg on the Left   Bank of the Seine in the heart of Paris are a grand place to people watch, and if you live in Paris, a good place to pass your afternoons. On my last …
reviewed Clarins. August 10, 2009
I first came across this brand of cosmetic when I joined its agent (it was represented by an agent back then, many years ago) for a short stint of work after graduation. It was here that I found out how …
The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of
It's important to note that the books in the "Writer and the City" series, of which "The Flaneur" was the first, are not meant as travel guides. Though the reader will probably come away from these pages …
reviewed The Dud Avocado (New York Review Book.... April 13, 2009
The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics)
Having read the blurb for The Dud Avocado I thought I'd LOVE this book because I LOVED A Moveable Feast. Instead, what I got was something more akin to On the Road.    While by the …
reviewed The Dud Avocado (New York Review Book.... February 13, 2009
The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics)
It's a very risky thing, I've found, to try to tell other people what they'll find funny. Apart from a few baseline tests (I argue that if you can't laugh at Monty Python's "fish-slapping dance" sketch, …
reviewed Leroy Neiman: An American In Paris. January 06, 2009
Leroy Neiman An American in Paris
Nietzsche once said, "As an artist a man has no home in Europe save in Paris." An early daguerreotype, "Paris Boulevard" by L. J. M. Daguerre himself offers a view of Paris down to the smallest detail. …
reviewed The Black Tower. November 03, 2008
The Black Tower
This book begins mysteriously, and there is an early murder which, at first sight, appears to have no relation to the principal protagonist. The detective on the case, however, uses his wits and knowledge …
reviewed The Black Tower. July 21, 2008
The Black Tower
The treatment of the children of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by the French state following the murder of their parents must rank very high among the great things achieved in the name of egalitarianism. …
reviewed The Black Tower. July 17, 2008
The Black Tower
Being an avid reader of fiction, especially historical fiction, I can usually tell if I like a new book from the first few pages (unless I am already familiar with the author). There have been a few exceptions, …
Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris
There are an awful lot of general guides to Parisian cafés, shops, and restaurants -- I know because I've read a bunch of them this year. But few ... no, I take it back, none of the others have the flair, …
reviewed Paris Cafe: The Select Crowd. May 08, 2008
Paris Cafe: The Select Crowd
Author of a number of histories of literary Paris, as well as a study of Europe's "literary cafés," Noël Riley Fitch now does the trend of Americans writing about their favorite Parisian neighborhood …
reviewed The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Par.... May 03, 2008
The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of
White, Edmund. "The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris", Bloomsbury, 2007.    A Different Look of Paris    Amos Lassen    Edmund …
Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a
"Chocolate & Zucchini" is an entertaining combination of Clotilde Dusoulier's thoughts on food, cooking, and the Parisian lifestyle, and recipes chosen to reflect that lifestyle in a way American audiences …
The Historic Restaurants of Paris: A Guide to
If you're sitting someplace that isn't Paris and trying to get a sense for the élan of cafés, bistros, and restaurants in the City of Light, there are many other books I'd recommend ahead of this one. …
Paris Jazz, A Guide: From the Jazz Age to the
I would think most jazz fans would have at least some idea of the significance of Paris in the history of jazz, if for no other reason than the number of albums that have been cut there or reference the …
reviewed Paris on the Eve 1900-1914. April 15, 2008
Paris on the Eve 1900-1914
"Paris on the Eve" is an interesting and insightful look at the French capital during the first decade-and-a-half of the last century. Biographer Vincent Cronin paints his story of the City of Light through …
Café Life Paris: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars
A few years ago I read another book about Paris cafés and bistros in which the author claimed that after reading his book (and solely on that basis), you should be able to pick out a Paris café to make …
reviewed The Authentic Bistros of Paris. March 23, 2008
The Authentic Bistros of Paris
Another book about Paris bistros and cafés I read a few years ago claimed that you should be able to choose a café to make your own (and don't we all want to feel at home in a Paris café?) solely on the …
reviewed The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the .... February 19, 2008
The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune
I'm trying to think of a more elegant way to put it, but sometimes you've just gotta say: this is a really good book. "The Fall of Paris" is a remarkable job of storytelling, but it's also a primer of …
reviewed Into a Paris Quartier. November 21, 2006
Into a Paris Quartier
Like Jan Morris' "A Writer's House in Wales" which is part of the same National Geographic Directions travel series, this is a quick-reading, relaxed, and very personal look at a part of the world with …
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