Our Man in Paris is Our Man in Paris no more, as Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, has ended his many years there, and now you can find him in the South of France. He has relocated to Port-Vendres (département of Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon région), a fishing village on the Mediterranean, just north of the Spanish border, where the Pyrenees drop into the sea.
We last heard from Ric on Bastille Day – and then the months passed and it seemed as if he's dropped off the grid, as they say.
But no, he's back. Forget the month he spent in Queens, across the river from Manhattan. He's recently spent a day in Cerbère – that's this village that's the border station on the French side of the train line between Perpignan and Barcelona, and good place for train buffs, since France and Spain use different rail gauges and the border stations are always busy with various transfer or gauge adjustment operations. Cool.
But that's not nearly as cool as the former Belvédère du Rayon Vert hotel in Cerbère, an Art Deco wonder from 1928-1932 designed by the Perpignan architect, Léon Baille – sort of a big ship, with its own cinema and a tennis court on the roof. Way cool.
So tag along –