Thursday, August 6, 2009


Volume II

“Coupe des Charmes” is a jewel box boutique that puts the “wow” into men’s fashion.

Christian Lacroix, considered a national French cultural treasure, is in receivership after never making a profit since its inception. A resurrection deal is in the works to resurrect this high fashion icon.

Red iron door on the Place Saint Sulpice.

“What beckons behind this ancient door?”

Straw hats for the fashionable lady.

Love these chairs!

Orange makes a great statement.

Quintessentially Parisian courtyard.

Wonderful deco vase.

“Mickey says hi.”

Bizazza tile showroom.

Fantastic exotic table with embedded lighting.

Andy Warhol would approve!

Phantasmagoric teenager’s room.

I’m really not fond of this!

Popped across the Seine for a tour of the Louvre. This shot tells you why July is a crazy time to visit. I’ve never seen such big crowds.

Dinner time. Walked by Le Comptoir, Yves Camdeborde’s wildly popular Left Bank bistro. Marla and I dined there a few years ago. A couple next to us had flown in from Corsica and made their reservation six months in advance! Still a hard table to come by. A secret- “stay at the Hotel Relais Saint-Germain next door. You get an inside track for dinner reservations.”

Brasserie Lipp

I had a craving for Alsatian Choucroute (sauerkraut, sausage, pork, ham and potatoes) so I walked over to Brasserie Lipp on the bustling Boulevard Saint- Germain. The original 1926 Art Deco interior is wonderful but since it was summer I wanted the terrace. The famously gruff waiters had mellowed since my last visit. Sipping a beer, I scanned for some of the famous denizens that frequent Lipp like Johnny Depp, the French Prime Minister, Richard Gere, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ernest Hemingway wrote his pre-war dispatches from here.

It is time to say “au revoir et a bientot” to the city I love. I hope you enjoyed my little journey.

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