The Unsung Delights Of Alsatian Wines - "Every so often it becomes necessary to remind people once again about Alsace. Why this is so is a mystery. Some of the finest wines in France, which means in the world, are produced in this beautiful region." (Frank J. Prial, Wine Talk, New York Times, July 20, 1977.)
Give Alsace a Try But Praise It Softly - Frank J. Prial, Wine Talk, New York Times, October 27, 1973.
Michel Chapoutier: Rhône Ranger - Will Lyons, Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2012. "It's like the smell of a blackboard," says Michel Chapoutier, rubbing his fingers together and smiling. "Do you remember at school? Just after the teacher had finished dusting?" he asks, holding a glass of golden white wine. "That smell of chalk?" He's right, the wine in question does smell of chalk but there is also a little lemon. However absurd they may seem to a novice, to the experienced wine taster these aromas point to one variety and region: Riesling and Alsace—which is precisely what we are drinking."
Beauvillé - 19-21, route de Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, 68150 Ribeauvillé. 33 (0)3 89 73 74 74. Outlet store hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., Saturday: 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Factory outlet store where the beautifully printed and designed tablecloths are sold at prices well below French retail. See Vibrant Printed Cottons in Alsace by S. Irene Virbila, New York Times, March 12, 1989. "To visit the 150-year-old textile firm, now called Manufacture d'Impression sur Etoffes, take the Grand Rue through the center of town past the medieval half-timbered houses and the squat 13th-century butcher's tower. On the left, a few hundred feet outside town, toward Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines, you'll see the entrance to the textile printing firm. Inside is a factory outlet store where the beautifully printed and designed tablecloths are sold at prices well below French retail."
French Seasoning - Alexander Lobrano, Gourmet, December, 2006. "But, for me, the five marchés de Noël in the charming city of Colmar are the best of all. There's one just for Christmas trees (Place Rapp), another mostly for food (Place Jeanne d'Arc), one specializing in art and antiques (the Koïfhus), and still another that sells a little bit of everything (Place de l'Ancienne Douane). But my favorite is La Petite Venise, the toy market, which, among other things, sells miniature kitchenware - wooden rolling pins thinner and shorter than cigarettes, swirled ceramic kugelhopf molds the size of cupcakes, and all the aluminum pots and pans you might consider bringing to a doll's dinner party. There are also tiny rotary lawn mowers, beautiful little machines with blades sharp enough for shaving. As the stallholder wraps them for me one by one, he tells me about the century-old toy factory, in the nearby Vosges mountains, where they're made. The precision of the old toymakers is legendary, he says, and everything is still done by hand. He then pulls me close and whispers, as if worried that spies might be lurking nearby: "And if you want a really good meal while you're here, try the brasserie at the Grand Hôtel Bristol, near the train station."
JDS - Loisirs, sorties et spectacles à Mulhouse, Colmar et Haut-Rhin 68
Journées du Patrimoine 2012 en Alsace - "Pendant près de trois siècles, grâce notamment aux Baumann, Bollwiller a connu une notoriété dans toute l'Europe pour ses pépinières d'arbres d'ornement et fruitiers et pour ses fleurs."
Le Haut Rhin: La Choucroute Alsacienne - Video. Description: Jeanine Traplere présentatrice d'émissions de cuisine à la radio, entourée d'enfants, prépare la recette de la choucroute alsacienne. Reportage
sur le département du Haut-Rhin: images brèves de vignes, de bovins, de fabrication du munster, du traîtement de tabac, de mines de potasse, de travail du coton, de fabrication de la choucroute; images de Colmar et de Mulhouse.
Preserving Rural Alsace - Anne Tremblay, New York Times, April 13, 1986. Describes the origin of the Ecomusee (Eco Museum) de Haute Alsace. "As we approached the Sundgau wing, the large, intricate skeleton of the Hagenbach house loomed into view. In its awesome complexity this structure reveals the ingenious maze of pegged crossbeams that constitutes the traditional Alsatian framework. Because Germanic law, which has prevailed in this part of Europe since the sixth century, distinguishes between the land and whatever is sitting on it, houses and barns were always built as movable property. A peasant whose land lease had expired or who had married and wanted to move to the next commune, thought no more of taking his house apart, beam by numbered beam, and carting it elsewhere, than he did of moving his animals or furniture. The cob and stucco between the crossbeams were hammered out, to be replaced at the new location, but everything else went: the frame, doors and windows, decorative tiles, floors and interior woodwork, as well as stone walls, if there were any."
Ruling Favors a 10-Inch Citizen of France - "The Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the European Union's highest court, ruled Thursday that France had failed to protect the Great Hamster of Alsace, sometimes known as the European hamster, the last wild hamster species in Western Europe."
Champagne Belongs to the World - Frank Schoonmaker, Gourmet, June, 1948. "It remains a fact, however, that sparkling wines made from the Pinot grape, whether French or not, are recognizably superior to all others—considerably lighter and more delicate than the Vouvrays and sparkling Saumurs of the Loire Valley (made from the Chénin Blanc),softer and better balanced than sparkling Moselles and Rhines of Germany (made from the Riesling), cleaner-tasting an less cloying than even the best champagnes of New York State..."
Champagne Drappier - Michel Drappier. "Urville depuis 1808." They have a very elegant tasting room. Contact: Domaine: Rue des Vignes, 10200 Urville, France (33 (0) 3 25 27 40 15). Caves: 11, Rue Giöt, 51100 Reims, France.
From Secret Gardens of France: "(entering from the Quai Saint-Bernard or from the Austerlitz metro). In contrast to the formality and grand scale of the long promenatde you'll find, off to the right and through a tunnel, the entrance to the Le Jardin Alpin - The Alpine Garden - a hideaway of such delicacy and tranquility it's hard to believe such a place could exist in the middle of Paris." also go to the Labyrinth with a pagoda at the top. Nearby Mosque Garden and Tearoom and Institut du Monde Arabe: from the 9th floor terrace the views of Ile Saint Louis and Notre Dame may be the best in Paris."
La Promenade Plantee - Paris. Up a stairway or lift at the intersection of rue Ledru-Roulin and avenue Daumesnil, south of the Bastille opera house. Mon-Sat, 9-7. (in the movie Before Sunset)
Cité de la musique - Paris. "Concerts, expositions, pratique musicale et médiathèque." There is an archive of concerts in Live including Claire Diterzi. Le salon des refusées , 05 février 2013, available online until June 5th. Cadavre exquis is wonderful, even if you don't understand the words (here are the lyrics - vie should be ville. "Comme la ville est forte"). I bought the cd from Amazon France for EUR 12,53. There's an MP3 version for EUR 8,99.
Claire Diterzi has a website. Couldn't find anything about Le salon des refusées in English but here are excerpts from French media:
Claire Diterzi, à l'aise dans tous les registres by Pierre De Boishue, Le Figaro, 1 March 2013. "La viole s'est vraiment imposée à moi. C'est un instrument du passé qui est assez mélancolique. J'aimais bien l'idée de le confronter à la guitare électrique. Je trouve ces anachronismes intéressants".
Agen. Le Salon des refusée à la sauce Claire Diterzi, La Dèpêche du Midi, 19 Mars 2013. "Ce nouvel album exulte de nouveauté, de simplicité, de courage et de force contenue, dont la puissance de tonnerre s'abat longtemps encore après l'éclair de l'écoute."Claire Diterzi a été la première artiste de chanson/musiques actuelles invitée en résidence dans la prestigieuse Villa Medicis, à Rome. De ce séjour romain, cette artiste inclassable, en a tiré un nouvel album et un spectacle intitulé: Le salon des refusées. Le disque a été salué de façon unanime par la presse culturelle, avec des critiques enthousiastes. (Télérama, Les Inrockuptibles, l'Express, Le Monde, France Inter et France Culture)."
Claire Diterzi en concert à Quai des Arts, 18 Mars, 2013.
In the Footsteps of James Joyce - Richard Eder, New York Times, January 17, 1982. For addresses from which Joyce wrote, see Letters of James Joyce, Volume I, edited by Stuart Gilbert, NY: Viking Press, 1957, 1966; and Letters of James Joyce, Volumes II and III, edited by Richard Ellmann, NY: Viking Press, 1966. Joyce wrote letters from the following addresses in Paris:
[Grand] Hotel Corneille, 5 rue Corneille, Paris - 3 December 1902
9, rue de l'Université, Paris - 12 July 1920
rue de l'Assomption 5, I, Passy, Paris - 22 July 1920
rue de l'Université,9, Paris VII - 5 November 1920
Boulevard Raspail 5, Paris VII - 8 December 1920
rue du Cardinal Lemoine 71, Paris V - 5 June 1921
26 Avenue Charles Floquet, [Champ de Mars] Paris VII - 25 November 1922
Victoria Palace Hotel, 6 rue Blaise Desgoffe, Paris [Montparnasse] - 19 August 1923
12 rue de l'Odéon, Paris - 21 October 1923
Restaurant des Trianons, 5 Place de Rennes [VI] Paris - 2 June 1924
8 Avenue Charles Floquet, Paris VII - 4 November 1924
71 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, V - 6 November 1924
2 Square Robiac, 192 rue de Grenelle, Paris VII - 8 July 1925
Hotel Powers, 52 rue François, Paris I - 11 April, 1931
'La Reésidence', 41 Avenue Pierre I de Serbie, Paris - 1 October 1931
2 rue Saint Philbert, Passy, Paris - About 15 October 1931
Hotel Lord Byron, Champs-Elysées, Paris VIII - 22 October 1932
27 rue Casimir Périer, Paris VII - 4 January 1933
42 rue Galilée, Paris XVI - 21 March 1933
7 rue Edmond Valentin, Paris VII - 19 February 1935
34 rue des Vignes, Passy, Parris XVI - 26 April 1939
Hotel Lutétia, 43 Boulevard Raspail, Paris - 6 November 1939
Eleanor Beardsley - National Public Radio (NPR) correspondant in Paris. "Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy."
Villa Savoye à Poissy - Centre des monuments nationaux. 33 kilometres north-west of Paris. Open every day except Monday, 10 am to 5 pm. 7,50 € reduced rate 4,50 €. (See map.) By car :
From Paris: Porte de Saint-Cloud, motorway A 13, exit n° 7 towards Poissy and secondary road D 153 or Porte Maillot, main road N 13 and motorway A 14, exit n° 6 towards Poissy and secondary road D 153, entry n° (follow the direction "Villa Le Corbusier"
From Versailles: motorways A 12 and A 13 towrds Rouen, exit n° 7 towards Poissy and secondary road D 153, entry n° 5 (follow the direction Villa Le Corbusier)
By train: RER ligne A to Poissy Station and bus 50 direction la Coudraie, bus stop Villa Savoye.
La Braserade in Rue de la Huchette - 15, rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris. Good reviews on TripAdvisor
Lumière: The Louvre Less Traveled - Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, September 27, 2011. " Collection of 65 paintings and three pastels bequeathed to the museum in 1961 by Victor Lyon in honor of his wife, Hélène Loeb."
Au Nain Bleu - Paris toyshop. "Creatuer de jouets depuis 1836." Be sure to download the catalog (telecharger le catalogue en PDF). Look in particular for Swann, the rocking swan (le cygne a bascule) - "a replica of an original model made more than thirty years ago in our workshops, this majestic bird is one of Au Nain Bleu's most classic toys" and the Paris Hausmann dolls' house - a "magnificent three-story wooden dolls' house complete with electricity and decked out in a traditional Parisian style. There are nine rooms for her to arrange, all sumptuously decorated with wallpaper and featuring lights that really work!"
Gouranyat & Son - Paris. See Paris: Goumanyat & Son Royaume, New York Times (Travel Section), November 18, 2007. "The shop's signature product is the noblest of spices: saffron, which the Thiercelin family has been buying, packaging and selling since 1809 when saffron was cultivated near their small farm in the Loiret region of France..."
Communes - Annuaire des mairies et communes de France, villes et hotels en France - infos tourisme et location vacances.
France Guide - Official website of the French Government Tourist Office
Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) - Directory of French companies that do what the French do best: équipements professionnels, patromoine bâti, décoration, arts de la table, gastronomie, culture et loisirs, mode et beauté. "Marque de reconnaissance de l'Etat mise en place pour distinguer des entreprises françaises aux savoir-faire artisanaux et industriels d'excellence."