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...

Dinner at Bar Le Passage in Paris

Paris is famous for fine restaurants, but often they’re way out of my price range. But my friend Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris took Barbara Wendell and me to Bar Le Passage on place Madeleine, where we could taste the food of highly-decorated chef Alain...

A Visit to the Nissim de Comondo in Paris

“Why don’t they talk about the wife?” Robin wondered as we toured the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris.  “Have you noticed she’s never mentioned?” Robin and I had walked the two blocks from our hotel, the Relais Monceau, to visit one of my favorite places in Paris, a...