1 Mar 2012
After Lunch… Le Palais Royal

After Lunch… Le Palais Royal

  Le Palais Royal, stunning garden and former residence of Cardinal Richelieu, is opposite the north wing of the Louvre. This is one small part of Paris that I adore… (slightly annoying that much has been hidden by scaffolding in the last few years… but all in the name of restoration…) The gravel… the double

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28 Feb 2012
Lunch On The Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honoré

Lunch On The Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honoré

  In life there are some people that you have special relationships with… for a whole variety of reasons… they might be family, they might be friends… it doesn’t matter… they are your person and that is all that counts. In my case my niece is my person… more like a sister… so when she

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26 Feb 2012
paris my sweet…

paris my sweet…

I wasn’t meaning to chat today but I wanted to mention Amy Thomas and her new book, Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light and Dark Chocolate…I just finished reading her wonderful memoir … (how delicious was my lazy Saturday night curled up in bed reading…) “From the New York cupcake wars

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20 Feb 2012
Parisian Hideaways

Parisian Hideaways

  One of my favourite and most thumbed books on France is the gorgeous French Country Hideaways by Casey O’Brien Blondes… Whenever I am looking for a weekend getaway, hers is the first book I go to for beautiful locations and idyllic accommodations. She has very recently published Parisian Hideaways: Exquisite Rooms in Enchanting Hotels…

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13 Feb 2012
stuff parisians like …

stuff parisians like …

If my Valentines Day romance writings were too much and a lighter more amusing read is more called for then ‘Stuff Parisians Like’ could be just the thing for your Valentines gift… I am currently reading it and loving Oliver Magny’s witty words… One of my readers bought it to my attention… Thank you Lola… ‘To

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1 Feb 2012
The French Ballet Slipper… Repetto

The French Ballet Slipper… Repetto

French girls love a ballet flat, their Repettos almost as much as they love their Converse or their pair of biker style boots. When not wearing talons they wear ballet pumps. Ballet flats are comfortable, look great with jeans… skinny ones preferably… or  even prettier with a full skirt and nipped in waist. They are

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31 Jan 2012
The Must Have Ingredients For A Parisian Cafe

The Must Have Ingredients For A Parisian Cafe

  What are the must have ingredients for a Parisian cafe? Bistro chairs facing the street  Waiter in the classic black and white  Bicycles parked out front on cobblestone streets Glowing ambience inside   Old style bar with place to perch Good coffee (not always a given in Paris) A very tempting menu du jour   Au

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28 Jan 2012
Paris And A Boulangerie

Paris And A Boulangerie

How far would you go for a boulangerie. The perfect baguette and a mouth watering eclair? Sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do… so I did… I took the train to Paris and feasted on some of the most delicious gateaux I have tasted. Not the way to start the

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8 Jan 2012
The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

  ‘A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life

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6 Jan 2012
Favourite French Stories

Favourite French Stories

I don’t know about you but I am still feeling in the holiday mood… aka… I am feeling a little lazy… I can’t quite get myself back into the work mode and do those things that should and need to be done. Perhaps it is because life is still in ‘slow mo’ in my part

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5 Jan 2012
paris… portrait of a city…

paris… portrait of a city…

There is a new book on the block from Taschen for all of us who love Paris… Portrait of a City. This book brings together the past and the present, the monumental and the everyday, objects and people. Images captured by the most illustrious photographers – Daguerre, Marville, Atget, Lartigue, Brassaï, Kertész, Ronis, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and many

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13 Dec 2011
‘So Paris’

‘So Paris’

  When I asked the question last week ‘what is it about Paris‘  I felt as if I could have written on and on… there are so many aspects… from the mainstream to the offbeat… from the large to the small… Paris brings out the dreamers in us all, sparks our imaginations and sends the

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30 Nov 2011
The Jardin Du Luxembourg: Paris

The Jardin Du Luxembourg: Paris

   Sunday morning in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris is all about the out and about. The weather was less than sparkling but that didn’t stop the Parisians from enjoying the great outdoors. Parisian people watching is definitely addictive… and interestingly they don’t seem to mind tourists with cameras clicking away at what must seem

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29 Nov 2011
What Is It About Paris?

What Is It About Paris?

  What is it about Paris? As I wandered the streets of Paris last weekend… I kept asking myself why we all love Paris like we do. I think I speak for most people when I say that Paris holds a certain charm, an allure beyond most other cities. We romanticise Paris… even Woody Allen

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