Marcia DeSanctis’s new book, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is a great holiday gift for the Francophile in your life. Marcia takes readers on a wonderful adventure from Colette’s Palais Royale to M.F.K. Fisher’s Aix-en-Provence and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite Plage de La Garoupe in Antibes. She also makes perfume in Grasse, introduces the sisterhood of wine makers in Bordeaux and provides a short cut through the Musée D’Orsay by way of the ten best paintings featuring women and a short explanation of each. I love this book.
The other day I happened upon this cute green Camionette parked outside the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Madison Avenue. Yes, Ralph is selling coffee now. He even has a café in his new Fifth Avenue Polo flagship. The beans are roasted by La Colombe. It’s really great coffee–may even give Starbucks a jolt.
Ever since I subscribed to the info-packed, stylish newsletter A Hotel Life, I’ve been impressed by the ground they cover and the choice of contributors. Every time it pops up in my inbox I cannot wait to read their latest recommendation (they usually have three or four–one quirkier than the next). They also post useful information about the destination alongside each hotel review–neighboring towns or sites of interest, where to eat locally. The most recent installment got me thinking of Puglia, Italy–a place I’ve dreamed of going for a while now.
It doesn’t take much to lure me into a blog about Paris, but Carin Olsson’s blog, Paris in Four Months features photos of Paris that are so intimate and evocative of a a city that I know and love. Olsson is from Stockholm and moved to Paris in 2012 for four months. She loved it so much she decided to stay. Looking at her photos of Parisian street scenes or details transports me right back to that great city on the Seine.