Merry Christmas, folks, and don’t forget to download my free Christmas gift to you: THE SNOW GLOBE, the short story prelude to THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING (my most recent novel — an international bestseller), here! And since most of the story (and half of the book) takes place in Paris, let’s chat today about the City of Light:

Paris Dec 2012

Paris is, hands-down, my favorite place in the world. There’s something inherently magical about the City of Light, which is perhaps why it has featured heavily in two of my novels: The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Art of French Kissing.

At Christmastime, I always find myself dreaming of the travel plans I might make in the upcoming year. I’m hoping to make it to Europe this spring to help promote the launches of the international editions of The Sweetness of Forgetting in the UK, Germany and Spain. I generally find it impossible to be in Europe without hopping over to Paris (a cheap and easy Eurostar ride from London). Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to doing:

  • Visit my friend Lauren Elkin, the author of the fabulous novel Une Année à Venise.
  • Shop!! (This guide is a great primer.)
  • Follow in the footsteps of The Sweetness of Forgetting’s Rose, by using this map.
  • Picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower, after shopping for wine, cheese and fruit along Rue Cler.
  • Indulge in fondue (and wine in baby bottles!) at Le Refuge des Fondues.
  • Have a drink at my friend Jean Michel’s bar, Le Valois, near Moulin Rouge.

In the meantime, I’ll be bringing Paris home by using these tips: