My village in the 15th Arrondisment of Paris

My village in the 15th Arrondisment of Paris

by Marie, February 23, 2014

 Daydreaming has been a big pastime for me these days. It’s springtime in central California – the weather is gorgeous – and I am homesick. So I daydream about shopping on Rue de Commerce. I daydream of a Steak Tartare at the friendly Café du 15eme  around the corner. I … Continue reading

Traditional Cooking of Michoacán, A Food Festival

by Marie, October 2, 2013

Who would have guessed, two years ago in Paris, that meeting Christina Potter and her wife, Judith McKnight, would lead to one of the most outstanding food festivals of my life?  (Well, Cristina and Judith did) Having never been to Mexico, the temptation of traveling to a warmer climate only … Continue reading

Versailles: A Private Tour

by Marie, September 24, 2012

More than 70 million people visit Paris each year. That’s a lot of people.  Of that, only 3 million venture out to the Chateau of Versailles (one million in July alone!) making the odds of sharing the Hall of Mirrors or the Queens Bed Chamber with 1000 strangers highly likely. … Continue reading

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June in Paris

by Marie, June 23, 2012

Fountain of the Palais Royale There are few places on earth as lovely as Paris in June.  Paris is stunning, even in the rain.  And we’ve had lots of it – 48 days of rain in a row to be precise.  But that doesn’t dampen Parisian spirits in the least.  … Continue reading

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Chateau de Chambord & the May Day Brocantes

by Marie, May 4, 2012

  As the largest castle in the Loire Valley, the Chateau de Chambord seems an unlikely, yet perfect, location for the biggest annual ‘brocantes’ (flea market) in France. Built by Francois I in the early 16th century, this palace is a classic example of French Renaissance architecture, and a gorgeous … Continue reading

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Marché des Batignolles – Organics in the 17th

by Marie, April 28, 2012

With so many amazing shops and marchés to choose from in my quartier (the 15th), people sometimes wonder why I’ll travel across town to check out what is being offered at another marché.  It’s simple: every marché is different.  I’m also just a bit neurotic about Organics, so when my … Continue reading

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Excideuil in Dordogne – Gite “Lo Meijou”

by Marie, March 23, 2012

My dad, Sidney, did not gamble.  Nor did he drink (much) or live a reckless life.  Heck.  He married a French woman with 2 small kids (and adopted them) while having a complicated family life of his own involving 2 daughters.  He did, however, have a weakness for airplanes, cars … Continue reading

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Sunday in Paris and Bergamot Marmalade

by Marie, March 20, 2012

Sunday in Paris is sacrosanct, first and foremost comes sleeping (In my building for instance, you won’t hear a sound in the courtyard until well past 10am). Years ago my aunt, uncle and cousins lived in this same building where we now live; Sundays held the promise of a wonderful … Continue reading

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Marché de Clignancourt – A day at the flea market

by Marie, March 9, 2012

When I was a little girl, my maman and uncle Jacques loved to visit the outskirts Paris to ‘chiné **; I didn’t get it.  But now, there is nothing like a day spent at ‘Les Puces‘ (which all Parisian’s know means Saint Ouen / Clignancourt).  No other flea market in … Continue reading

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Dead of Winter Inspiration and a Celery Gratinée

by Marie, February 14, 2012

February is a dismal month in Paris.  The weather is bitter cold, even when skies are deceptively blue.  Outdoor markets can be empty of trusted vendors (leaving produce merchants with stands looking far too much like summer to even be considered) or crowded with people (such as myself) looking over … Continue reading

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