Two of the lovely women who came on last year's Garden Tour are among those from the tour who have stayed in touch – and have since become friends.
Both of these gorgeous souls are keen to do more tours and both would make brilliant leaders; one used to lead tours for the Art Gallery of NSW and the other founded a literary festival, so both are far better at leading tours than I am! However, I'm happy to offer input on places to go and so today spent a few spare hours in Paris researching gardens, floral-focused hotels, fashion routes and all manner of beautiful things.
Here are a few of the places that may make The List on future itineraries.
And if you can't make the new tours, don't worry: these places will be featured in a new Parisian guidebook being published early next year.
A wonderful Parisian hotel that I never knew existed until now.
Aren't the window boxes glorious?
The Garden Bookshop in the Tuileries.
The roses in the Luxembourg Garden.
The most beautiful florist in Paris.
(More pix of this below.)
A florist that specialises in (and only sells) geraniums. So very Parisian!
La Droguerie, a gorgeous mercerie.
Another lovely little Paris hotel near the Luxembourg Gardens – and cheap too! Loved staying here just for the wallpaper.
The wonderful Museum of Decorative Arts (Arts Decoratifs).
Vintage Didier Ludot.
The Dries van Noten exhibition. Beautiful.
More from the most beautiful florist in Paris on the border of the 6th and 7th. You could barely enter the store for all the bouquets and blooms – and the fragrances were intoxicating.
The Flower Market. The best way to end the day.