I walk on the rue de Rosiers almost daily among the hustle and bustle of the falafel shops and Jewish Deli’s, which have become a huge tourist magnet. I noticed the other day a sign attached to a green gate, Le Jardin des Rosiers – Joseph-Mignere in the thick of the hungry tourists patiently waiting on line to try the legendary falafel sandwiches.
Inside the gate was a newly planted series of gardens bordered by some hotel-particuliers from the 1600s, including Hôtel de Coulanges, Hôtel Barbes and Hôtel d’Albret. There is also a rebuilt tower from the 77 originally built by King Philippe Auguste in 1190.
The garden is named after Joseph-Mignere, the principal of the nearby elementary school Hospitallers-Saint-Gervais, who was in The Resistance in WW II and helped save the lives of many Jewish children.
A quiet respite from the cacophony of the rue des Rosiers, people were relaxing and picnicking, parents were playing with and chasing their children and seniors were siting on benches appreciating their surroundings.
There are two entries, one at 10 rue de Rosiers, the other in the courtyard of Maison de l'Europe, at 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
My Paris Apartment for Rent
I am renting my fabulous Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul metro, from November 30 to December 16, a total of 17 nights. It's a spacious one-bedroom 750 sq. ft. loft style apartment with 12 ft. ceilings, decorated in chic Mid-Century Modern furniture and sleeps two people in a Queen size bed. Amenities include washer/dryer, 16" flat screen TV, dishwasher, internet connection/Wifi and free long distance calls to the U.S. The apartment is located on the second floor with a large elevator.
The price is 2800 euros/165 per night for 17 nights, 1500 euros for 7 nights, and anything in between 7 & 15 nights, 175 euros per night. Minimum rental 7 nights or 1500 euros. Photos upon request.
Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested.
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour