One of the joys of Paris is running across little treasures that escape the itineraries of most tourists, and even some Parisians. One such ‘hidden gem’ is the Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry school, located just off the Place Vendome in the well-heeled 1st arrondissement. Here, aspiring artisans come to learn their craft from the … More Hidden Gems
It’s been almost one year since my wife and I have landed in Paris. After six months of catching up with friends, eating, doing some research, and some writing (in that order) in Verona, we took a quick post-Christmas flight into Paris last year. Between the 25th of December and New Years Day, we frantically … More Random Notes from Paris: One Year On
Having lived abroad for more than a year now, first in Italy and now in France, I’ve had an opportunity to observe and assess the universal nature of social class. It varies little from America to Western Europe, and I would have my doubts that it is very much different in Asia or South America. … More Thoughts on Social Class
As a few of you know, my wife and I are living in Paris at present, and the city is never in short supply of mind-boggling art and architecture, and fascinating people. It’s been a rich experience for which we feel fortunate and grateful. Generally, I’d say that most Parisians we’ve encountered have exhibited many … More Old Money Abroad: The Parisian Dinner Party
Travel broadens the mind, no doubt. A routine walk becomes an adventure. History that was once so sterile in books comes alive. Architecture speaks, sometimes in the whispers of a narrow lane, sometimes in the deafening grandeur of a palace. The melody of a language. The smell of fresh bread…every damn day. Mais oui, it’s … More Where To Draw The Line…?