Seven Memorable Days in Paris

Fifteen people joined Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris and me the last week of July. Some of us knew each other, but no one knew everyone in advance. We quickly formed a group of both shared and independent interests. Not a single one of us had the same trip....

A Few of My Favorite Books about Paris

Ever since Donna Morris and I started planning a group trip to Paris for this summer, I’ve been devouring books about Paris. Here are some of my favorites: Nonfiction: The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal. A history of a wealthy Jewish...

Searching for Lafayette’s Grave in Paris

The day started simply enough, with lunch at La Tartine on the rue de Rivoli in the 4th arrondissement. Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris told Robin and me that they had spectacular salads; we feasted appropriately. My salade bergere featured smoked duck breast, a...

Summer Scene: The Fountains and Gardens of Versailles

There are plenty of reasons NOT to go to Paris in August: Lots of shops and restaurants are closed; it’s usually hot; and that’s when all the tourists are there. But there are some compensations, especially if you’re not planning to hang around the Louvre, Notre Dame...