- I Was Vermeer: The Forger Who Swindled the Nazis, by Frank Wynne – This is a fascinating account of swindler and art forger Han van Meegeren and it raises larger questions about the authenticity of much of the art hanging on gallery and museum walls around the world. An embittered van Meegeren took to forging Vermeer and other artists when his own art was ignored by the serious art world. He and his wife relocated from the Netherlands to the south of France where Van Meegeren set up a studio and an elaborate lab so that he could fool the art experts. He was talented, prolific, and a prodigious liar. It’s quite the tale – as much about psychology as art.
- www.thrillist.com – Our fabulous daughter is joining us on our trip to Paris and she told me about this website. Type in the name of the city you’re visiting, and a series of targeted articles appears. Best spots for brunch? Check. Best cafés? Check. Best chocolatier? Check. Your itinerary just got a lot easier to put together. Since some of my favorite spots are on their lists, I trust the recommendations.
- To Catch a Thief – Watch this 1955 classic for the amazing scenery along France’s Côte d’Azur and for the soignée wardrobes of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The acting and special effects don’t hold up so well, however!
- My French County Box – If you need a last-minute gift for your favorite francophile (or yourself), blogger and author Sharon Santoni has the perfect solution. Santoni will ship you a box of French goodies quarterly or just one for a special occasion. The price is not exactly cheap ($195 for a single box or $700 for one every three months), but shipping, customs duty, and taxes are included. As Santoni says, “Each box includes : 4 principal gifts and 4 smaller indulgences, plus a limited edition watercolor print in a French theme for you to collect throughout the year. Each box is curated along a seasonal theme, smells fantastic and introduces you to our favorite French creators and iconic brands.”
I’ll be in Paris for the next ten says where I’ll be able to curate my own box of goodies for this francophile. I will not likely post again until after Christmas, but you can follow our adventures on Instagram @onequalitythefinest. Joyeux Noël!