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August 2011 - When Saint-Germain-des-Prés Was the Center of the World

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-PrésFrom 1945 to 1950, the area bounded roughly by the River Seine to the north, rues du Vieux-Colombier and Saint-Sulpice to the south, rue des Saint-Pères to the west, and rues Mazarine and de l’Ancienne-Comédie to the east was the center of creative and intellectual effervescence that captured the attention of much of Europe and the United States. Our feature article in this month's Paris Insights newsletter explores this phenomenon and recalls some of the people who were in the forefront of this original movement.

Sakebar Youlin is a tiny restaurant located on rue Valette, just down the hill from the Pantheon. We recently dined there and then met the owner and chef to learn more about the inspiration behind the Franco-Japanese cuisine that is served there. Read our review in this month's Le Bon Goût.

Boris Vian was one of the luminaries of the exhilarating years of the post-war era at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A jazzman, singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet, he wrote a shocking novel that was banned in France. Read our report in this month's Paris, Past and Present feature.

Paris Panorama Newsletters for 2011