VOL. 10 NO. 2
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
Sitting is a Full-Time Job
by Jill Butler with illustrations by the author
Sitting is a Full-Time Job
Ici et Là
of the 3-hour Lunch
Traveling in France with 'KB'
French Classes in Paris
everyday in the corner café, not just any café,
but rather the famous Salon du Thé, Ladurée, on the
First priority was un double express et un croissant aux amandes. Next came the reading of the newspaper, not just one, but three: the International Herald Tribune, The International Edition of the Wall Street Journal, and Le Figaro. For survival at a dinner party or social conversation, it is imperative to be on top of the news both in France and in the US. I had a lot to learn.
Having moved from New York City, I'd taken up the habit of eating breakfast out. It seemed the perfect way to connect with the still somewhat sleepy world, to see people, to be alone, but not lonely. I could ease into my work as the caffeine did its job.
my first book, Paintbrush in Paris, sitting in Ladurée.
I went daily for nearly 14 years. Paintbrush was my American cat that immigrated
with me. He was my English-speaking friend and voice in telling our story
of moving to Paris through this first illustrated book.
The day came, a year and half later, when the first copies of Paintbrush in Paris arrived. I held my breath and slowly let it out as I read it through. It wasn't embarrassing!
The next morning, I tucked a copy into my bag and headed out for breakfast. I shared it with Anick, my usual serveuse, and she shared it with the manager, Monique.
By a convergence of the stars, the new owners of Ladurée, Francis Holder, and his son, David, were sitting next to me at one of those miniature tables ~ meaning we were practically sitting elbow to elbow. So, Paintbrush in Paris was again shared by Monique, but this time with the Holders. Mr.Holder Senior ** turned to me and said, “Charmant, Madame, bravo!” He asked me who I was, what I was doing in Paris and suggested I should illustrate something for the salon.
pounding, I spontaneously proposed a series of postcards that could be
sold to other Ladurée and postcard enthusiasts like myself. He took
to the idea and immediately passed me and the idea to his son, David, with
whom I negotiated our agreement. I was then introduced to their design
and interiors director. With the details of our project concluded, it was
time to begin.
> to take a virtual tour of some restaurants and lodging in Brittany and Languedoc with our anonymous reviewer, 'KB'. Well traveled and with exquisite taste, KB gives her honest, and frequently humorous, opinions of food, guest rooms and, sometimes, the hosts!
> to accompany us as we present the second part of our return to Provence. This time we visit the high country and the Mediterranean coast ~ and recommend a very unique place to stay.
> for an interview with an artist and photographer whose 'occupation' of Paris inspired him and who is an inspiration to others.
Message to our Readers
of Panos Kakaviatos' series, France Wine Travel, was not available
for this issue of our newsletter. Please look for it in our next
ENIGMAS . . . A Quiz on Your Knowledge of Historic
by Arthur Gillette
Question from the last issue: In 1889, Gustave Eiffel received a 30-year commission to manage his Tower built to mark the centenary of the French Revolution, after which it was slated to be dismantled. Why wasn't it?
Answer: During World War I, the first major armed conflict in which radio transmissions played a prominent role, French intelligence officers using antennas atop the Eiffel Tower tracked the movements of someone who seemed to be a German spy. That person was finally apprehended, tried, sentenced to death and executed. Who? Mata Hari (although some specialists now doubt her actual guilt). Because of the 'patriotic service' thus rendered, the Tower was spared.
Our new question: What is the origin of the La Samaritaine (Good Samaritan) department store?
Gillette, and take advantage of his truly amazing knowledge of Paris
[See the answer to this edition's question revealed in our September 2006 issue]
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