Happy New Year 2021

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First let me thank you for all the messages that you sent over the phone, by email and post, mentioning Tuesday morning as being very special in your lives. This is the 6 th anniversary of Parisdiary which started on January 20, 2015!  YOU make me happy when you read it and I feel that I have fulfilled my desire … Read More

The people of the year in my heart

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So many happy events were cancelled and so many travelling plans deferred that we rejoice at those that effectively took place like Guillaume and Louise’s wedding in Lubéron last July. Although the marvelous artist Christo left us last May and John le Carré this December there were many good news especially in publishing.

The best views from my window

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When I look back at the Year 2020, which has been such a disaster for so many people, I find some beautiful images of the marvels of our world which I wanted to share with you for future travels. Not everything was negative, we learned to rediscover little moments of daily life like discussing with the cheese monger or seeing … Read More

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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Since we are all spending a lot of time at home at the moment, here is my last recipe of the year provided by Laurence Dumaine Calle who is a very good cook when she is not collecting contemporary art or preparing the Bob Calle Prize she offers every other year for the best artist’s book. It is sorrel soup … Read More

One woman and three men star this week

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Out of the four novels selected in the finals of the Goncourt Prize (the equivalent of the Booker Prize in France), only one appealed to me and the good surprise was that “Les Impatientes” was quite short, 240 pages, and completely mind grabbing. Now 45, the author,  Djaïli Amadou Amal is a Peule from North Cameroon, the French speaking part … Read More

Elegant presents for all ages

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If you can’t afford a painting by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring or Alex Katz, Ligne Blanche has a solution for you. Buy a plate, a coffee cup or a candle designed by them. This smart company started working with famous artists or their estates to reproduce their art on Limoges porcelain plates. And the result is great fun. I was … Read More

Two very Parisian Christmas tables

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Isabelle Baer is a very special person. She worked for many years as Pierre Celeyron’s good fairy organizing weddings and eccentric evenings at Versailles and has three brilliant children. Julien who is a talented singer and musician who also writes poetry, a daughter Pauline, who just published a book “La collection disparue” on her family’s painting collections which were looted … Read More

Christmas will be small but super chic

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Since everyone has time at the moment, I asked  a few friends to create their Christmas table for Parisdiary and here is the first one by Anne de Caumont la Force, a writer and member of the Femina prize. Don’t hesitate to mix bamboo chairs with precious Herend porcelain and a home made gold tablecloth. My most precious presents come … Read More