Déviant, a delicious wine bar (with incredible food) in the 10th that always feels like a party, and Fulgurances in the 11th, which functions like an incubator for wonderful chefs who have played supporting roles to famous chefs and are ready to launch their own spots.
I did an apartment swap with a Parisian friend, which I have to say is like cracking the code. It meant I had a real home in Paris and that I knew my own plants were in good hands in New York.
Traveling from mid October to early December meant the seasons changed while I was away. Plus I visited 5 countries on this trip, and with their various climates and myriad activities, packing wasn’t easy and necessitated layers, so I was so glad that I packed a 1950s fur jacket because I could layer it underneath a Barbour or my favorite vintage navy wool cape to adapt to the weather.
I definitely expanded on this trip. I bought a vintage purple velvet YSL blouse from the 1980s that I found at the Marché aux Puces; an incredibly simple and cheap French red wine vinegar that I adore and tons of tinned delicacies like foie gras to give as Christmas gifts. My bag coming home was so heavy.
There was a Dorothea Lang show up at the Jeu de Paume that I wish I’d made it to because I adore her work and it’s incredibly timely now given the worldwide refugee crisis.Now, given the fateful fire, I wish I’d invested the time and braved the tourists for one more visit into Notre Dame to enjoy its former splendor.