9.06.2008

Mon pied-à-terre

I have a darling little apartment in a neighborhood called Passy. It is located in the sixteenth arrondissement, nestled between the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne.

I love this neighborhood. I lived here years ago and I’ve come to know it well. This is the Paris of Parisians, complete with a bustling marketplace, ivy-hung courtyards and narrow streets named after artists, writers and musicians. Passy’s most famous residents include Benjamin Franklin, Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, Claude Debussy, and Honoré de Balzac.


The Jardin du Ranelagh is immediately west of my building. This is one of the most child-friendly parks I’ve ever seen, with swings, slides, climbing structures, and an old-fashioned merry-go-round where children collect brass rings on the end of a baton. There is even a Marionnette theatre with twice daily performances on Saturday and Sunday. Beyond the merry-go-round, one can see the limestone façade of the Musée Marmottan.

Passy has everything to offer: dining, shopping and museums. Some of my favorite spots include: La Gare for a chic dining experience and Le Bistrot des Vignes for hearty classic French cuisine. Franck et Fils has just about everything a woman could want, while Tartine et Chocolat has, by far, the most adorable collection of children’s clothes. Le Musée Marmotton is well known for its collection of Monet paintings as well as other impressionist artists.

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