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On My Bookshelf: Paris Sketchbook

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I thought I'd round out my week of Paris posts with this amazing collection of illustrations by Jason Brooks, "Paris Sketchbook" ($25, Laurence King). Brooks is originally a fashion illustrator, who while on an assignment for a couture show fell in love with the city and began drawing and painting iconic symbols of Parisian culture. Here are just a few of the sketches I loved.

 Paris Sketchbook Cover

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This illustration shows the variety and architectural details of doorways in Paris.

1 This illustration shows the variety and architectural details of doorways in Paris.

The street lamps of Paris reflect the character of the city: varied, refined and always elegant.

2 The street lamps of Paris reflect the character of the city: varied, refined and always elegant.

This moody illustration depicts a rainy, wet day in Paris.

3 This moody illustration depicts a rainy, wet day in Paris.

A fashionably drawn women walks her poodle in front of a patisserie.

4 A fashionably drawn women walks her poodle in front of a patisserie.

Here, an assortment of everyone's favorite Parisian pastries.

5 Here, an assortment of everyone's favorite Parisian pastries.

Paris: where women the world over take inspiration from for effortless, classic style.

6 Paris: where women the world over take inspiration from for effortless, classic style.

The Palais Royal gardens at dusk.

7 The Palais Royal gardens at dusk.

Illustrations by Jason Brooks, courtesy of Laurence King.

My Trip to Paris: Part 4

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As you can imagine, food is taken quite seriously in France and I am 100% a Francophile when it comes to cuisine. I never passed up an opportunity to eat fois gras, sole cheese soufflé, fromage of all sorts, escargot, steak frites and pain au chocolat and of course to drink lots of wine, rose, and champagne. Here are a few snaps of my adventures with food.

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La Bovida is a cook's paradise. Everything you could possibly need is found here.

1 La Bovida is a cook's paradise. Everything you could possibly need is found here.

Martha brought me to F. Dehillerin for the first time about ten years ago. I think that they have the most beautiful copper pots in the world.

2 Martha brought me to F. Dehillerin for the first time about ten years ago. I think that they have the most beautiful copper pots in the world.

Nothing brought a smile to my face quicker than this sign.

3 Nothing brought a smile to my face quicker than this sign.

Hands down, this was the best cheese shop in all of Paris.

4 Hands down, this was the best cheese shop in all of Paris.

For a delicious roasted chicken lunch with a side of potatoes dauphinoise, you must go to L'Enfance de Lard.

5 For a delicious roasted chicken lunch with a side of potatoes dauphinoise, you must go to L'Enfance de Lard.

This picture makes my mouth water.

6 This picture makes my mouth water.

Such a great sign and restaurant/market.

7 Such a great sign and restaurant/market.

I love a good charcuterie plate.

8 I love a good charcuterie plate.

I am trying to find this rose in the States.

9 I am trying to find this rose in the States.

The most delicious dessert!

10 The most delicious dessert!

For the violet lover.

11 For the violet lover.

My Trip to Paris: Part 3

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In all the years I’ve been going to Paris, I have never taken a ride down the Seine on a Bateau Mouche. This year, however, my friend and colleague Patsy Pollack organized an after-dinner cruise and it was fantastic! I highly encourage anyone who is going to Paris to include it on their itinerary. It is a wonderful way to see Paris’ major sites from a different perspective as well as experience it's many beautiful bridges. Doing it at night just amplified the magical effect. Here are some shots that I took.

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