Truffle Hunting in the Tuscan Hills
The thrill is in both the treasure and the chase.
I MOVED BACK to Paris from New York mid-pandemic after a little over 14 years in Manhattan. The city had changed immensely. Parisians now spoke English and seemed kinder, welcoming almost, and the streets were cleaner. And of course, in true Parisian style, my favorite spots in my neighborhood of Saint-Germain were still there: the neighborhood cafe, the nice bakery, the bookstore, the movie theaters. But what surprised me most was the arrival of a whole slew of smaller spots like ultraspecialized shops, and restaurants with a one-dish focus; even some of the movie theaters now play the films of one director only, for a month straight.
I took a full sabbatical the minute I stepped off the plane. I have often mocked the flocks of teenage Americans zigzagging the streets of Paris, but now, after years spent working in New York, I understand their need for a total disconnection from your roots in order to better project yourself into the future. I learned that, after all these years, I was still very French. That I didn’t need thousands of people telling me it was right to like something, that socialism isn’t a dirty word, and that joie de vivre can actually be a way of life and not a dinner pun.
I live and work in the 7th arrondissement, (where I recently published the first issue of my magazine, Study), a stone’s throw away from my old stomping grounds in the 6th, and though I sometimes miss the Upper East Side of New York City, I am happy to once again call Paris my home.
Christopher Niquet is a Paris-based editor and writer. He is the editor in chief and founder of STUDY, a publication that seeks to create a place where words and images could be equally valued and given the same level of care and space on the page.
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