Antiques: Hôtel Drouot

When the shops on the Rive Gauche appear quiet and ungodly expensive, you’ll know it’s time to head to the auction house, Drouot, situated on the right bank where so many trophies are bought and sold. Hôtel Drouot, founded in 1857, is the world’s oldest auction...

Culinary: In Praise of Chestnuts

Did you know that the Emperor Charlemagne enjoyed roasted chestnuts with a glass of wine? Neither did I. Or that chestnuts were an indispensable ingredient of Talleyrand’s table? The citizen minister believed the most important quality of a diplomat was to be a...

Culture: Ecole Lesage

Eat, Sleep, Embroider, Repeat. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Training at Ecole Lesage is a Herculean task and not one for the faint of heart, mind, or for those who lack dexterous fine motor skills. The students who attend class every day can expect three hours of...