P aris is a collective fantasy, from the booksellers along the Seine to the gray zinc rooftops of its cream stone structures. For ages, the city has been the location to turn for lessons in l’art de vivre– the art of living– influencing style, philosophy, culture, art and gastronomy worldwide. Today, pop-up stores and hipster brunch spots are as much a part of Paris as street lights and Gothic architecture. However the romance of the city is ageless.
When visiting, I like to be a flâneur, a stroller with no location, winding through the middle ages streets of the Marais, stopping briefly to hear a jazz band, dipping into the Musée Carnavalet, shopping in SoPi (South Pigalle), popping into Éric Kayser for croissants, sitting in the sun on a green metal chair in the Luxembourg Gardens. Evening might bring a ballet at the Palais Garnier, or a sidewalk bistro table from which to view the crowds go by.
Nowadays, my apartment or condo is the restaurant, boutique and boulangerie Yet, it turns out, this too has a particular romance. There are many ways to welcome Paris into your home. All you require is a little imagination. And perhaps a glass of Champagne.
Make your cooking area odor like a boulangerie.
Éric Kayser, the artisan baker who opened the very first of his shops in Paris, teaches you how to make timeless French breads, including “la baguette”, on his dynamic Maison Kayser Academy YouTube channel. Video game for a full meal? Julia Kid’s television episodes, consisting of some shows with Jacques Pepin, are on PBS online (you’ll likewise discover her on YouTube). A New York Times Cooking editors’ collection, “French at Home,” tempts with dozens of recipes. And for dessert? Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Dorie Greenspan stated that in France: “Dessert may be cheese, fruit or perhaps the strong gâteau that practically all French cooks understand how to bake: Yogurt Cake. I make it frequently and constantly think about Paris and my good friends when I do.”
Turn your couch into a box seat at the ballet
Dim the lights and nestle into your couch like it’s a box at the Palais Garnier to watch ballet and opera clips on the Opéra National de Paris’ YouTube channel. When you need an intermission, do as the audiences do and get a glass of Champagne. The New York Times’ red wine critic, Eric Asimov, offers recommendations online.
Museum hop from your laptop computer
Take your time contemplating work of arts and monuments through virtual trips. Get up close to paintings by Renoir and van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay. Focus on the brush strokes of Monet’s Water Lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Discover masks from places such as Central Africa and Papua-New Guinea at the Musée du Quai Branly– Jacques Chirac. Check out Sacré-Coeur. And relish vertiginous views from the Eiffel Tower.
Fill your house with French jazz
Begin with guitar legend Django Reinhardt, a founder of the Quintette du Hot Club de France in Paris, and his bluesy “Nuages”. Sip a coffee as Eartha Kitt tells you “C’est Si Bon” (make sure to hint up Dean Martin’s breezy rendition of the tune too). And kick up your heels (or fuzzy slippers as the case might be) as Nat King Cole woos you with the French version of “L-O-V-E”.
Knot a headscarf like you were born in Paris
Parisian chic may be as close as your coat closet. “Whatever you do, do not transport Emily in Paris, with its kooky combinations of hats, boots and hot pink jackets,” encourages Vanessa Friedman, the New York City Times’ chief fashion critic, referring to the Netflix series. “Cast your mind back, rather, to Jean Seberg and Au Bout de Souffle in her striped mariniere and capri trousers. To look French, you must not look as if you are attempting too hard. On the other hand, you don’t wish to look careless. That scarf simply occurred to fall artfully around your neck; that trench merely slings naturally around your shoulders. The word you are going for is insouciance.” Find out to knot scarves like you were born in Paris with this important video from Cosmopolitan France. Naturally, Hermes has tips too.
Prepared to fix up your house for autumn? Trigger concepts with the Instagram accounts of Elle Decoration France, Marie Claire Maison, and Côté Maison, even boutique hotels like Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Health Spa. Elle Decor has some “French Interior Decoration Rules to Live By” in which Paris-based designer Jean-Louis Deniot explains: “The whole concept is anti-decor. To make it appear like the owner did it himself– to make it look natural. Which is, naturally, very French.”
Curl up with a French author
Download timeless books and poems by Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, George Sand and Honoré de Balzac free from locations such as Apple Books. If you have not currently, discover the works of among France’s a lot of respected authors, Annie Ernaux. Amble around Paris with Edmund White in The Flâneur. Explore the city’s dark underbelly with Luc Sante’s The Other Paris. Or leave into another world like the French do, with a comic book or graphic unique such as the long-running Asterix series about Gauls withstanding Roman profession.
Be a flâneur
Never ever mind that your sidewalk doesn’t result in the Seine. Being a flâneur is not about being in Paris however rather, being of the location you’re in– using your senses to savour noises, scents and colours right where you are. So tie on a scarf, and go for a socially distanced stroll.