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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Paris for Garden and Fashion Lovers

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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Parisian Glamour

My apologies if these last few posts have been haphazard. I'm still trying to juggle travelling, photographing, more travelling, more photographing, and, somewhere in between, sorting of images, returning of emails, signing of business contracts, yet more correspondence, and general day-to-day business, such as sleeping! 

I have, and will, add to these last few posts as I go through the dozens of pix – and will show you more discoveries through the week.
My favourite destination today was the Gustave Moreau Museum. What an incredible space. His tiny apartment was almost as beautiful as his extraordinary atelier.

Here are a few snapshots of bright glamour from a rainy, grey Sunday in Paris. 

Dries van Noten's boutique. One of the most beautiful stores in Paris.

Can't wait for Assouline's new 2014 releases, 
including French Riviera in the 1920s.

Loved the sign above Goyard: 
Steamer Trunks; Baskets; Dresses Carefully Packed.

Manuel Canovas's window displays and new fabric collections. 
Love this store as much as Designers Guild in London.

A pedestrian on the Rue Rivoli. 
(She was wearing a hoodie to keep warm, so I suspect she was rushing to a photo shoot in the Tuileries.)

The Gustave Moreau Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in Paris.

Nina's tea store. Just lovely. 
I bought a small canister of Marie Antoinette's 'original tea'. Let's hope it's not the original original tea.

Only in Paris.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Paris Project

Starting a beautiful new book project, which I'm very grateful to be working on.
Hope to bring you some lovely new discoveries from Paris as I shoot the pages this week.

Here are a few snaps from today.

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