An American in Paris: Ron Bricke’s Winter Travels

I spend part of each winter in Paris, where I have an apartment in the Marais, just around the corner from the glorious Place des Voges. It’s a marvelous season to be in the City of Light. I eat mostly at wonderful, small restaurants and bistros owned by younger chefs. And I walk and walk and then walk some more through this superb city. Favorite routes include strolling down the center of the Ile Saint Louis to the Ile de la Cité, where I’ll take in the view of Notre Dame before heading to the Palais de Justice to hear a concert in Sainte-Chapelle.  After, I’ll head over to the 2nd arrondissement to visit my favorite building in Paris, the old Bibliotheque Nationale on rue de Richelieu. Other walks include Saint Germaine, the rue de Seine, and the rue de Bac, searching for great antiques and contemporary items.   Favorite shops include L’Arc en Seine (31, rue de Seine), Galerie Jacques Lacoste (12, rue de Seine), and Galerie Vallois (41, rue de Seine). I’ll continue shopping  along rue Bonaparte and rue Jacob, with a stop at Le Comptoire (9, carrefour de l’Odeon) for lunch. Nearer my apartment, Galerie Patrick Seguin (5, rue des Taillandiers) is unsurpassed for Prouvé, Corbusier, Royère, Perriand, and Jeanneret.

The living room in Ron Bricke's Paris apartment

The living room in Ron Bricke’s Paris pied-à-terre in the Marais.

The kitchen in Ron Bricke's Paris apartment

The view from the breakfast table in Ron’s kitchen.

Snow in the Place des Vosges, Paris, photographed by Carla Coulson

Ron’s apartment is near the sublime Place des Vosges, seen here shrouded in snow. Photograph by Carla Coulson

Le Gainge, Paris

 Le Gaigne (12, rue Pecquay), a small, fabulous restaurant, is a favorite of Ron’s and only an eight minute walk from his apartment.  

Itinéraires bistrot, Paris

Another Ron favorite is Itinéraires (5, rue de Pontoise), a contemporary restaurant in the Latin Quarter, owned by the young chef Sylvain Sendra. 

Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris

Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cité is a frequent destination on Ron’s walks.

La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Ron often attends concerts in the Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic masterpiece enclosed within the Palais de Justice, also on the Ile de la Cité. 

Bibliothèque Nationale, rue de Richelieu, Paris

Ron’s favorite building in Paris, the Bibliothèque Nationale in the 1st arrondissement. 

Gallerie Vallois, 41, rue de Seine, Paris

For  a terrific selection of 1920s and 1930s furniture and sculpture, Ron heads to Galerie Vallois (41, rue de Seine).

The Art Deco gallery at Vallois, Paris

The Art Deco gallery at Vallois.

The modern sculpture gallery at Vallois, Paris

The modern sculpture gallery at Vallois.

Galerie Patrick Seguin, 5, rue des Taillandiers, Paris

Galerie Patrick Seguin (5, rue des Taillandiers) is unsurpassed for Prouvé , Corbusier, Royère, Perriand, and Jeanneret.