Saint Germain des Pres: Paris’s Rebel Quarter by John Baxter
Following up on his popular book The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, John Baxter is writing a new series of books about the great neighborhoods of Paris. The first in the series is about Saint Germain des Pres, one of the most beloved areas of Paris. Part history and part guide book, Baxter infuses the book with entertaining and fascinating stories including the bizarre account of a garden behind Saint Germain church memorializing poet Guillaume Apollinaire involving Jean Cocteau and Picasso, the juicy details of legal brothels in Paris in the late 1800s including two gay ones with Proust as an investor and one on rue Saint Sulpice catering almost exclusively to priests from the church, the history of chocolate including the first chocolatier in Paris Debauve et Gallais and the Beat hotel where Burroughs, Ginsberg and Corso resided. The easy to read book also contains a map with key points of interest, addresses, photos and drawings. In the introduction chapter Baxter fondly recounts his first visit to Paris in 1969 and falling for the village of Saint Germain des Pres.
The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt
Painted by Manet and also the inspiration for Emile Zola for his scandalous novel Nana, Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne never the less had a dark secret from her past: she was not a comtesse. In fact she was born in extreme poverty and raised on the infested dark streets of Paris. The lady of mystery did what she could to hide her secret and went on to attain a small fortune, which afforded her three mansions and opulent carriages. Her rumored affairs with Napoleon and future King Edward VII kept the press buzzing. Hewitt’s chronicle of a woman who scaled the heights of French society in spite of her dubious background richly depicts one of the most extravagant and decadent periods in French history, the mid to late 1800s.
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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino
One of my favorite books of last year, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs is now out in paperback and also in French, La Dernière rue de Paris : Enquête sur la rue des Martyrs with additional new photos. Click here to read my review.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
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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: 195 euros per person (about $210)
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.
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