Patton Oswalt shared Anthony Bourdain’s advice on where to go in Paris

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Many of us are still trying to process the many emotions surrounding losing Anthony Bourdain last week. I watched his shows and only read one of his books but I still felt the loss personally. So, I can’t even imagine what those who were fortunate to know him must be going through. The nice thing about social media is that when something like this happens, it allows us to reach out to each other. I’m always so grateful when a celebrity shares personal details about someone we lost. Patton Oswalt gave us a lovely moment when he posted a screenshot of an email he’d received from Bourdain. Patton had collected suggestions from family and friends on where to go while on his honeymoon with Meredith Salenger. Patton then sent those suggestions to Bourdain for his thoughts and this was the response he got back:

Bourdain’s response reads:

Patton,
I’m a fan and an admirer so gotta tell you this is no way to enjoy Paris.
Fuck them. All of them. They’re THERE, everywhere. You will see them from the car window as you go and do important shit like live your life. In Paris!
Try and plan as little as possible.
Le Comptoire is great. Amazing food and perfect atmosphere. Show early and squeeze in to L’Avant Comptoire next door.
Le Dome for shellfish tower
Rue Mouffetard for the market
And sandwiche jambon or fresh croissant anywhere at the right time.

First of all, could you imagine getting Anthony Bourdain to sign off on your honeymoon in Paris? I love this because of how much it represents Bourdain’s voice as I knew it. Getting the right food was important enough to tell someone to ‘f**k’ their friends and their suggestions. It’s a great tribute and I hope it brought Patton some peace by posting it. I honeymooned in Paris. I did not have Bourdain sign off on our plans, nor did we have any money left after the wedding, but I can second two of his suggestions: plan as little as possible and that a croissant or sandwiche jambon at the right time is amazing. I had a croissant and coffee after emerging from the Catacombs and it was such a part of that unique moment, it’s stayed with me always. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad sandwiche jambon but it could be that I was on my honeymoon, so every moment was the right time. I’m trying really hard not to get mushy but my chest is tightening thinking we will never get any more of these kinds of suggestions from Bourdain.

I like Patton but understand some people are annoyed by him. In his defense, he may overshare his life with Meredith, but he lets us share everyone in his life, like his late wife Michelle and now Bourdain. Not to mention lending a voice to grief that really hadn’t been heard in the celebrity realm. Given that, I’m grateful to him. Plus, he and Paula Pell really are the best part of A.P. Bio.

This is tangential but right after Bourdain’s death was announced, Patton retweeted this clips from Jonah Ray Rodrigues from Hidden America (Jonah and Patton worked together on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot). Hidden America is a parody of shows like Bourdain’s No Reservations and Parts Unknown. He actually got Bourdain to appear in a segment, but Bourdain’s only condition was to parody himself. It’s a small piece of wonderful:

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  1. tw says:

    I love his advice. Live your life. In Paris. I’ve been lucky to travel a ton for work, for about a decade. And to me, this is the best advice for getting to know a new city. Sure, there might be something that you really do want to see, like the Picasso Museum in Paris. But otherwise, just doing your thing and planning as little as possible is best.

    • jetlagged says:

      Yep. I got out of town for a few days and my sightseeing list had only two things on it. I spent the rest of the time wandering around and just enjoying being somewhere different. If I had packed the days full of “must-do” stuff I would have come back more stressed out and exhausted than when I left. I’d love to do the exact same thing (only longer) in Paris or Rome.

  2. tealily says:

    I don’t think that first bit is about his friends’/family’s honeymoon advice. That sounds like a response to part 1 of Patton’s email, whatever that may be.

  3. Hotsauceinmybag says:

    I couldn’t even get through the second clip because I miss his voice so much already.

  4. Darla says:

    Those videos are hilarious, I never saw them.

  5. Amelie says:

    Absolutely love the clips of Bourdain parodying himself. I didn’t really watch his shows too much but enough to know that the clips are a hilarious parody of his own shows. Great to see he could poke fun at himself.

    And I’ve been to Paris quite a lot and seen most of the touristy stuff at this point due to my father being from France. I am just happy to wander around a neighborhood and explore at this point or if I pass a touristy site I haven’t done, I might just stop by and spontaneously do it. One of my favorite memories is spontaneously climbing the tower of Notre Dame right before closing time. It was February so there weren’t hordes of tourists, there was me and maybe 5-10 other people. Dusk was just beginning to set on the city and I took some amazing pictures of the skyline as the sun was setting (one of them is blown up and hangs on my bedroom wall). It felt like I had the skyline to myself.

  6. Snappyfish says:

    There is a great little bodega hidden off of Petronia on key West that AB said not to miss. We hunted it down and fell in love. We go every time we are in the Keys (about 3 times a year) we always think of him when we are there. I’m surprised at how upsetting the death of someone I never knew hit me. He seemed like a friend somehow. This cool dude with great advice & a lovely life of travel you wanted to emulate.

    • Astrid says:

      I don’t know about the bodega in Key West but I’m with you about how upsetting a death of someone you don’t even know can be. I loved all his shows and watched them frequently, but not now, it’s too raw. And I’ve probably never even been on the same continent as him at the same time.

  7. Jane says:

    I am still “gutted” that Anthony is gone. It pains me to think he felt so strongly about ending his life, and there was no one to talk him out of it. He still had so much more to offer this world. Perhaps he felt he had nothing more to give…THAT just breaks my heart. Pass the Kleenex.

  8. raincoaster says:

    Bourdain was pretty awesome parodying himself on Archer as well.