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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.  

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Season of the Souks: Holiday Markets Around New York

I always enjoy the open-air holiday markets that spring up all over the city–colorful, overflowing souks that really embody the spirit of the season. One of the largest, and my favorite, is the in Bryant Park. From now through January 8,  more than 125 booths flank the Pond, a free-admission ice skating rink with its own two-story glass-walled restaurant, Celsius, which offers great views of the skaters, the stalls, and the surrounding park. It’s guaranteed to put even the sourest Grinch in a cheerful mood. There’s a good list of other holiday markets around the city at

The Holiday Shops and fountain at Bryant Park

Bryant Park’s Lowell Memorial Fountain surrounded by the annual Holiday Shops, an open-air market of glass booths that runs through January 8.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park open through January 8, 2012

Over 125 booths transform Bryant Park’s tree-lined allees into a seasonal souk. 

The Holiday Shops and Christmas Tree at Bryant Park

The jewel-box kiosks and lighted tree give Bryant Park an irresistible holiday spirit. 

The Pond skating rink and New York Public Library at Bryant Park

The Pond skating rink, which is open through February, is admission free.