Posts Tagged ‘Anne Schwartz’

M. P. Samie

The French Home: L’Art de la Table

Since UNESCO added French gastronomy to its World Heritage list in 2010, there has been a widespread misunderstanding that French cuisine had finally received official acknowledgment as being tops in the world. In fact, the UNESCO recognition was not for the food itself but for what’s called l’art de la table, the dining rituals that define the French home. From the opening aperitif to closing digestifs, the pairing of dishes with wines, artfully arranged table settings, and the sense of conviviality that reigns with family and friends around the table, it’s what makes a French meal, no matter how simple, so special.

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Jewelry from Anne Maisonneuve is a great souvenir gift from Paris

Parisian Souvenirs: Light on Your Wallet, Light on Your Luggage

So much shopping, so little time, so many euros! While there are ways to cut corners on your Parisian vacation, there’s no denying that a visit to the City of Light can be tough on your wallet. All the same, you’ll want to go home with some small treasures, preferably ones that won’t require an advance on your credit card. And with the airlines increasingly cutting back on luggage allowances, something light in weight makes perfect sense as well. Here are a few ideas for unforgettable Parisian souvenirs (gifts for a friend or for yourself!) that are both light on your wallet and on your luggage.

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Musée Jacquemart-André: A Parisian Museum with Class but without the Crowds

No stay in the City of Light may seem complete without a visit to one of the big three Paris museums: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, or the Centre Pompidou. But if these temples of art feel overwhelming in their size or just plain crowded, take heart. Paris is also home to many smaller museums, many of them absolute gems, with spectacular collections of their own. Among these is the lovely Musée Jacquemart-André, once a private mansion in the 8th Arrondissement, built in the late 19th century by the banker Edouard André and his wife, Nélie Jacquemart.

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Six Sweet Spots: Parisian Tea Salons to Savor

Let’s face it: sightseeing, even under the best of conditions, is hard work. So make sure when you’re planning your days in Paris that you set aside time for a bit of repose between boutiques, museums and other sights. And what better place than a Parisian tea salon? Morning or afternoon, these spots are the perfect place to regroup, rehydrate and reinvigorate yourself for more of what Paris has to offer. Our list passes by the big names, like Ladurée and Mariage Frères, and instead suggests half a dozen special places in different neighborhoods around town.

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