Just Back: Dominick Dunne From Paris
... from Paris
"You forget just how beautiful this city is, the way it looks at night with the river lit up. This photo was taken at the Place de la Concorde the day I arrived. I was in France for the wedding of Prince Pierre d'Arenberg to Silvia de Castellane at the cathedral in Bourges, two hours from the city. We took a private train-- all the men in cutaways and the women in their hats and finery-- and we had a band playing on board. Oscar de la Renta did the bride's dress. Everything was at a level of extravagance I've never seen before. It was a masterpiece."
STAY AT: The Plaza Athénée. I had the cheapest room, and it was great! On the Avenue Montaigne side, window boxes are filled with gorgeous flowers that hang over the sides like banners.
WHERE TO LINGER: I love lobby life. I ran into Tony Bennett, whom I hadn't seen in years. He invited me to his concert at the Casino de Paris. The young people there went mad for him!
WHERE TO BE SEEN: Brasserie Lipp on Sundays. Elle Macpherson was there, and Bryan Ferry.
WHERE TO SHOP: There was this little girl's dress in the window of Porthault on Avenue Montaigne. I went in and bought it for my granddaughter, who's seven. It cost a fortune, but she's worth it.
NEXT: Book tour for Another City, Not My Own (Crown). It's a memoir in the form of a novel about a character, obviously me, who left Los Angeles under unhappy circumstances and returns 15 years later as a journalist covering the O. J. Simpson criminal trial, living in the Chateau Marmont, and coming to terms with his past.