From the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop on the Left Bank of the Seine to Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, here is a guide to experiencing Paris like a writer and paying homage to the literary greats–such as Fitzgerald and Hemingway–that once called La Ville Lumière home.
The Latin Quarter is bustling with nightlife as Parisians pour out of sidewalk cafes and wine bars nestled alongside winding cobblestone streets. In the distance the Seine is starting to shimmer under the moonlight and ornate bridges; its beauty eclipsed only by the illuminated gothic cathedral of Notre Dame rising above neighboring Île de la… [Read More]
Bursting with vineyards, fruit orchards and a wealth of history is ‘the Garden of France,’ also known as the bountiful and beautiful Loire Valley. Often eclipsed by its glittering neighbor, Paris, the Loire Valley is home to sprawling castles, Medieval-style towns and unparalleled cuisine.
Walking around the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars a small detail caught my eye—the Parisian litter on the ground. I have lived in both New York and Chicago and unlike the usual city garbage, the ground around the Eiffel Tower had remnants of rose petals and tops to champagne bottles; the perfect representation… [Read More]
Within minutes of stepping off the metro in Montmartre I was whipped into a frenzy of people, surrounded by sounds of accordions and bag pipes and sipping on warm red wine or ‘vin chaud’…I was in love. I remember roaming the streets of Pigalle, passing such places as the Moulin Rouge, in search of the… [Read More]
I remember when Monday mornings didn’t hold the same stigma they have now. Before 9am-5pm work hours, oppressive cubicles and blaring screen monitors, I remember waking up on Monday to sunlight flooding my apartment, the sounds of car horns and French mingling outside my window and the promise of an unpredictable day ahead. This was… [Read More]
Imagine driving through the French countryside surrounded by rolling hills and pastoral beauty. The landscape is lush with budding flowers, charming farm houses and grazing Normandy cows roaming lazily through the grass. The French countryside seems as though it could go on forever, extending endlessly in fields of wild flowers. Suddenly the scenery shifts… [Read More]
I don’t know if I will ever find the words to describe what it felt like to visit the Normandy beaches and walk along the shores of the D-Day landings. I once read somewhere that a single death is a tragedy while a hundred deaths is a number—a concept too immense to wrap our minds around. When… [Read More]