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March 2005

Paris Guide

Here are recommendations from women travelers and their friends for a great Paris experience. Restaurants Left Bank Brasserie Balzar, 49 Rue des Ecoles (5th), tel:, popular Left Bank hangout Cafe Rostand, 61 Place Edmond Rostand (6th, across from Luxembourg Gardens), tel: C'est Mon Plaisir, 8 Rue Falguiere (15th near Montparnasse), Chez Clement (chain), 9 Place St. Andre des Arts (6th -- and other locations), 53., Chez Henri, 9 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve (5th), Chez Maitre Paul, 12 Rue Monsieur-le-Prince (6th), Fish la Boissonerie, 69 Rue de Seine (5th near Rue de... Read more →

Paris: Best of Le Shopping

Wandering around Paris for more than a week, I made a list of the shops that don't always make the guide books and thus might not be on your list . They're worth checking out. Why? In a city that has a true embarrassment of riches, these are the places that stood out, kept me happy, showed special flair among the competition, and weren't unreasonably pricey. I tend to duck the touristy shops, although some are included because they have something worthy of attention, and focus on "the real Paris," where the Parisians shop. Bookstores The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22... Read more →

The Woman Who Saved Paris

On the top of the Left Bank hill housing the dramatic Panthéon monument seen from afar across the city stands a particularly inspiring church, the Église St-Étienne-du-Mont, one of the spiritual centers of Paris. In a special shrine within the church lie the remains of Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, who in the 5th century is said to have saved Paris from Attila the Hun through her prophesy. Her memory is revived each morning at 8 a.m. when the bells in four bell towers awake the neighborhood in a sustained medley -- and sound out the hours and... Read more →

Patricia Wells Talks Parisian Cuisine

In her more than 20 years in Paris, food critic and connoisseur Patricia Wells has steeped herself in the culture, traditions, restaurants and home cooking of Paris and of France. Her authoritative book, The Food Lover's Guide to Paris, 4th Edition, has more than 400 pages of info on dining, cooking schools, specialty foods, wine bistros, markets and more. I first interviewed Patricia in the late '80s about her book, Bistro Cooking, which has served as one basis of my home cooking when I want to prepare French food simply in my own kitchen. Not only has Patricia written several... Read more →

Paris a la Carte

This is not about food, but about the many ways you can lose yourself (in a very pleasant and creative way) in a city like Paris. I love the open-air markets, and every day, despite the snow, there is one to be found nearby in the 5th and 6th Arrondissements (districts) on the Left Bank (and anywhere else in the city for that matter). Imagine the snow-covered ground -- and the most beautiful tulips in yellow with red tinges sitting there waiting for you in the market. Or a fresh fillet of sole, an artichoke, a bunch of thyme and... Read more →