Yesterday I met up with illustrator, Rick Tulka formerly of Brooklyn, now expat in Paris at the cafe Le Select. We've been meeting for at least 6 years.
Rick has been coming to Le Select a good 15-16 years and drawing the inhabitants like some people jog or swim daily. The results of his efforts - Paris Cafe: Le Select Crowd is now on Kindle.
Rick's drawings are inimitable.
I'd know them anywhere.
You'll find Le Select at 99, bd du Montparnasse 75006
And possibly Rick drawing, but don't pester him unless you buy his book, ahem.
It's full of historic figures who frequented Select like Hemingway, Kiki, Foujita, Hart Crane, Henry Miller and Simone and Jean-Paul with accompaning witty stories by Paris specialist Noël Riley Fitch.
The atmosphere is captured to a T and makes for the perfect gift book for your fanatic Francophile friends
As Rick takes off for real work at home, he asks me,
"What are you doing your last night in Paris?"
I hadn't given it a thought...
The best solution?
A last visit to musee Monoprix to gaze again at endless yogurts...
Veloute has become my yogurt of choice this trip. Do you have a favorite yogurt or a fav last bite?
The chance for a last box of carottes rapees is pretty thrilling before I face up to packing pre-departure. Miam!
Rick says I finish most Parisbreakfast posts with a dog and voila! A patient Paris Lab awaits his owner like magic in front of Monop.
I wonder why I haven't painted any of your pets in front of Monoprix? Phoebe of the UK insisted on a patisserie bien sur.
Bye-bye Paris dogs