To be a Bibliophile in France
Soprano Marci Meth’s melodious trills in the exquisite Hôtel le Marois prompted memories of an earlier Stanford event in France, also superbly crafted by Maria Adle. Last May, in the elegant, wooded estate of Les Crayères, yours truly presented the Champagne Regained book to a delightful and erudite group that had flown to Reims from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The next morning Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet treated the set to a lovely reception in a stunning City Hall salon.
Although the tour continued with other Champagne-related activities, Michèle lablache Combier’s bookshop in Sceaux beckoned us back to Paris. Every space in her Page 1 nook is so packed with fascination that this oasis draws a faithful following from far and wide. Upon entering we were greeted by a small round table stacked high with both Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris and Champagne Regained books and spent the afternoon chatting with an enthusiastic clientele.
We first met Maria Adle at a Stanford author event where I was signing Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris books. For our next trip to Paris she arranged an evening at the Rodin Museum and Gardens that included my book presentation in the enchanting garden café.
Great thanks to Maria from all her myriad Stanford fans.