18.7.15

Finding Paris in Atlanta




The French love beautiful things, so my first stop for a Parisian-style wander through Atlanta is The High Museum of Art. There are usually several visiting exhibits: I was lucky enough to see items from Le Louvre and a Dutch masters exhibition including 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' not too long ago, but their permanent white statuary collection never fails to take my breath away. If fine art does not suit you, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a wonderful substitute for beauty in a different form.
I choose The High, and after I visit my favorite Monets and sketch a few pieces of period furniture, it's time for a lunch break at Bistro Niko in Buckhead (Tip: For picky eaters, their Chicken Paillard and Cafe Caramel Sundae are to die for.)
The next stop is in the Westside Provisions District for a class at Preserving Place to brush up on my kitchen skills and prep for an eventual trip to Le Courdon Bleu... The Preserving Place is nestled in a fun collection of shops, but I love to stroll through Le Jardin Francais for some relaxing outdoor inspiration, then head to Perrines Wine Shop to stock up on fine wines and artisan cheeses.
For an afternoon pick-me-up and to relax before the dinner reservations, I head to Amelie's to order an espresso and a palmier (or macaron), and settle down in a cozy chair near Marie Antoinette to read the next chapter my current book.
My dinner choice is a toss-up between the equally beautiful Parish Brasserie in Inman Park and the recently opened Little Bacch at Star Provisions in the Westside. If you're having trouble deciding and have a penchant for fine caviar, Little Bacch would suit you best.
The night is still young, so for after-dinner cocktails I enter a speakeasy through a classic British phone booth... I took the Chunnel to London for a traditional absinthe drip at Prohibition, a classic 1920s style cigar bar. 
Avoir une bonne soirée
and thank you for spending a fun day and evening with me in Atlanta.

"I look for you in all the places I go, and maybe some day I'll find you." 
- T.B. LaBerge // 'Unwritten Letters to You'

xoxo


Guest blogging this week, Megan Cash is a former Paris Marketeer now residing in Atlanta, Georgia where she designs and creates for her brand, Lord and Lady.


17.7.15

Afternoon Tea, In the Summer Shade

"So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them." - Sylvia Plath



The first rule of tea is that, as a lady: you must have a hat.












In need of a relaxing afternoon tea (or coffee)? Please join us today at our Cafe, and pick up a few pieces to make sure your own guests feel extra-special during these hot summer days. If you can't make it in, some items are available in our online shop or you are welcome to phone us for ordering info: (912) 232-1500


xoxo


Guest blogging this week, Megan Cash is a former Paris Marketeer now residing in Atlanta, Georgia where she designs and creates for her brand, Lord and Lady.

16.7.15

An Italian Elopement & Le Grand Tour Tradition

"I will love you the exact way I always wanted to be loved." -  'Open Letter to the Last Person I Will Ever Love'


Once upon a time... it may or may not have been her dream to (quickly and quietly) elope to Italy, rent a little villa in the countryside near Florence, and honeymoon from there. 
Days would be spent soaking up the sun and exploring, going into the nearest little village to buy fresh bread, great wine, and local produce to cook meals together... 
The following months would be spent traveling: a few weeks in London, a couple in Paris. Barcelona. Oslo. Marrakesh. St. Petersburg. Tokyo. Hong Kong... you know, everywhere.
It would be a modern day Grand Tour. (And her fairy tale.)





Planning your own Grand Tour? Please stop in for a visit at our Broughton Street location to pick up some essentials. If you can't make it in, some items are available in our online shop or you are welcome to phone us for ordering info: (912) 232-1500

xoxo

Guest blogging this week, Megan Cash is a former Paris Marketeer now residing in Atlanta, Georgia where she designs and creates for her brand, Lord and Lady.
 

15.7.15

One night in Monte Carlo

"He saw her before he saw anything else in the room."   - F. Scott Fitzgerald
 Parish Restaurant - Atlanta, Georgia
La mademoiselle

Le monsieur

Spirit of the Night

FIN.

Please stop in for a visit at our Broughton Street location to pick up some accoutrements for your own Monte Carlo evening and a bite at our Paris Market Cafe. If you can't make it in, most items are available in our online shop or you are welcome to phone us for ordering info: (912) 232-1500


xoxo


Guest blogging this week, Megan Cash is a former Paris Marketeer now residing in Atlanta, Georgia where she designs and creates for her brand, Lord and Lady

10.7.15

The Anti-Museum






Rebellious and uncompromising, the Palais de Tokyo is the one of the best venues in world to experience art with all your senses.  Play gondolier, disappearing through the flooded Acquaalta (Céleste Boursier-Mougenot); marvel the butterfly wings, shed snakeskin, eggshells and painting on ashes (Patrick Neu); and freak out your five year old with the grotesque but kitschy imagery of Tianzhou Chen.

My favorites, definitely Baitogogo (Henrique Oliveira), a spectacular Gordian knot that organically emerges as if from the womb of the building; and Le Païpe, a series of geometric abstractions and monochrome landscapes (Isabelle Cornaro).  Grab a snack at Tokyo Eat, or be seen on the Terrace and just exude intellectual cool at Monsieur Bleu.



8.7.15

A train, A Boat, A Plane, A Camel, and Frank’s Masterpiece







The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Jardin D’Acclimatation makes for a seemingly odd juxtaposition.  Like everything else in France, even the amusement parks have an air of elegance.  This retro-chic attraction in the midst of the wonderful Bois de Boulogne is, without a doubt, my child’s favorite part of our stay.  Fresh churro coated in sugar and dipped in nutella in hand, she excitedly darted from ride to ride, played games long since retired at any other stateside parks, rode everything from a lazy river boat to a camel, finally collapsing in the grass to watch a play called (I kid you not) Circus Vegetables.

Don’t get me wrong, this can be a day trip enjoyed by all ages.  Instead of the typical fair food, you can opt for a lunch at the Terrace or one of the Angelina café branches or grab an incredible snack, treat or just a luscious ristretto lungo at one of the too-cute food trucks.

Exhausted from all the child’s play?  Too bad, Gehry’s architectural gem, the Fondation Louis Vuitton should not be missed.  Marvel at the house of LVMH, and cap off your day with dinner at Le Frank.




6.7.15

Marché Madness







The last two weekends have been spent frolicking with Paul Bert, Biron, Dauphine, Jules Valès and the rest of the gang down the Rue des Rossiers.  Cabinets for my curiosities – check; curiosities for my cabinets – check; bric a brac and brocante – check; that once in a lifetime find – check, check, check!

Wow, I don’t know if it is the economy, possible Grexit, the Euro’s recent and precipitous demise, or just luck of the draw – we happened on some killer finds.   As usual, my favorite Marche aux Puces de Vanves, yielded the best results.  “Bonjour monsieur, combien pour tout?  Vraiment?  Oh oui, je vais prendre tout!”

Stay tuned fellow Francophiles, our treasures are coming home.

3.7.15

Canicule










The hot period between July and early September; a scorching heat wave that lasts for at least three consecutive days, with no relief from intense temperatures at night.

One of the worst things about renting an apartment in Paris can be the lack of air conditioning for those “dog days” – the best part, just have to stay in the hotel for a few more days.   It’s been crazy hot the past week, so we have retreated to our 16th haven (heaven, whatever) and haven’t even been leaving to cruise the city until late afternoon. 

This does highlight a tourist insider bonus – there are practically no lines at any attractions this time of day.  Hidden inside these solid stone edifices are cool sanctuaries of even cooler works.  Sure there is the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou, Rodin and Picasso Museums, but my absolute favorites lie in the Jardin des Plantes.  The Museums of Natural History, especially the Grande Galerie de L’Évolution and the Galleries D’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie.  For something a little off the grid, my husband recommends the Musée des Art et Métiers, or way off the grid, his favorite Musée Dupuytren, hidden inside the School of Medicine.


2.7.15

A Marvelous Day in the Marais






This morning for breakfast, instead of the ubiquitous and undeniably faultless croissant, we opted for a selection of King Leopold’s favorites - waffles from Meert.  No Waffle-house here – these are a refined bunch with flavors like praline with puffed rice, pistachio and morello cherry, blackcurrant and violet, and raspberry with Séchouan pepper. 

After the obligatory visit to Merci (is it just me, or has it kind of lost its cache), we headed down the street to the three story BonTon to do more Solde damage.  Skip the lower Marais (now too bland and blasé) and wander the upper’s crooked streets and marvel the swamp to swank transformation.  Do check out Place des Voges – my preferred address after I hit the loto.