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“Montaigne’s first language—in sixteenth-century France—was Latin. Every morning the child was awakened by soft music. As a baby, he was sent to live with a peasant family for three years so he would not become accustomed to great wealth.”

Read this week’s staff picks, including Montaigne’s strict pedagogical curriculum, an enlightened mental vacation, and Bay Area ceramists.


Plaza Athénée Restaurant Refurbished by Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku

  • Alain Ducasse, a 9 star famous chef with  exceptional experience in the haute cuisine. tells a personal and radical story, continuing the work he began twenty-five years ago. He represents the naturalness cuisine, inspired by the fish-vegetables-cereals trilogy, with the help of his chef of Romain Meder. Healthier and more natural, more respectful of the Planet, it delivers a free and nearly instinctive interpretation of Haute Cuisine, revealing the produces’ original flavour, from the noble to the humble, all exceptional. video link

Hôtel Plaza Athénée  -  25, avenue Montaigne
  -  75008 Paris, France

If I speak diversely of myself, it is because I look diversely upon myself… Shamefaced, bashful, insolent, chaste, luxurious, peevish, prattling, silent, fond, doting, labourious, nice, delicate, ingenious, slow, dull, froward, humorous, debonaire, wise, ignorant, false in words, true-speaking, both liberal, covetous, and prodigal. All these I perceive in some measure or other to be in mine, according as I stir or turn myself.
—  Michel de Montaigne, Essays, “Of the Inconstancy of Our Actions” (trans. John Florio)