As our boat glided along the Seine, the Eiffel Tower came into view, glittering against a piercing blue September sky. The captain popped a bottle of Champagne and handed me a generous pour. I leaned back against the leather seat, letting my skin drink in the sunshine before taking a sip and letting the bubbles fizz and flit across my tongue. The captain waved me toward the front of the boat, gesturing for me to pose for a photo. I raised my glass and grinned, thinking there couldn’t be a more fitting first snapshot for an American food writer visiting Paris to retrace Julia Child’s footsteps.
The Iron Lady swings into view from across the Seine.
Much like Julia, I had some of my most formative food memories while living in Paris. We moved there when I was three, and as a kid, I remember looking forward to buying baguettes after school with my mother at a neighborhood boulangerie—sometimes, she’d let me have a pain au chocolat for my goûter. We’d always tear into the fresh baguette as soon as we stepped outside, the crust giving way with a crackly snap. We’d sneak in bites while walking the short distance back to our apartment; she favored the crusty end while I preferred the fluffy middle. Living and eating in Paris made me appreciate not just food, but how feeding ourselves and others nurtures our appetites beyond the plate. Each time my family moved, first to Scotland and then Indonesia before returning to the US, I discovered that my ticket to belonging was through tasting new dishes. However, it was writing about my memories of living in Paris that helped me discover my voice as a writer.
Julia Child’s own Paris chapter spurred her to write the timeless Mastering the Art of French Cooking and eventually even return to film The French Chef, a televised cooking show. Could Julia ever have dreamed she’d one day have a dedicated display at Shakespeare & Co., the Left Bank bookstore where she once pursued French culinary resources? Could she have predicted that she’d inspire generations of home cooks, food lovers, and writers to express themselves in their kitchens—and embark on their own food-inspired pilgrimages to the City of Light? In retracing Julia’s footsteps, alongside two fellow travelers and a charming local host, I sought not only to eat and cook like her, but to understand her enduring legacy on a deeper level.
Les Deux Magots, where Julia Child had her first breakfast in Paris.
She also favored the café’s rich Chocolat des Deux Magots à l’ancienne.
When they first arrived in Paris 75 years ago, Julia and her husband Paul had stayed at the historic Hôtel Pont Royal in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, but I think she would approve of my fancy quarters at the nearby Hotel d’Aubusson, still within
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When I first moved to Panama, I did what many might in an effort to lay down roots. I went to expat meetups on restaurant terraces, where I made small talk with other foreigners on warm, tropical nights. I joined pub crawls and rubbed shoulders with friendly strangers at networking events. I met nice people, but as far as meaningful connections go, nothing quite clicked. My three years of high school Spanish were enough to help me get by—but I wanted closer ties and a sense of community that it couldn't provide.
Alexandre Chapellier, 42, likes to say that he created his Parisian clothing and accessories brand, Cinabre — which sells velvet-trimmed dressing gowns and patterned silk neckties — in 2011 as an antidote to old-school luxury houses that take themselves too seriously. That lighthearted spirit is on display at the label’s new flagship, a combination boutique, office, atelier and two-suite minihotel now open for booking. One enters the four-story spot, located in a neo-Classical Ninth Arrondissement building, through a tent made from the same blue striped Pierre Frey fabric that adorns the walls of Napoleon’s Château de Malmaison. Inside, a vintage Denon DP-3000 turntable and Continental Edison speakers blast 1970s funk.
There have been songs written about La Seine, movies set alongside her quays, and masterpieces painted about her. While the Seine is definitely Paris’s favorite river, there is its lesser-known, black-sheep sibling: the Bièvre River.
With nearly 10 million people expected to throng the streets of Paris during the Olympics this summer, visitors already knew getting around the city would be a challenge. But now it will probably be a lot more expensive, too.
The city of Tokyo has a lot to offer for visitors, with its exciting attractions, traditional monuments, natural sites, and of course its delicious food. As tourists can enter Japan again, it is a great time to discover all that its capital has to offer.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is set to represent Jamaica at the much anticipated 173rd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris, France. The BIE is the Intergovernmental Organization overseeing and regulating international exhibitions lasting more than three weeks, including World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos, and the Triennale di Milano.
Online travel agencies like Expedia, Kayak and Hotels.com are prevalent in the travel industry. While you might not be familiar with the term OTA, you have likely used one to make a reservation. These websites have user-friendly websites, offer competitive prices and allow you to compare multiple flight, hotel and rental car options in one place.
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