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van cleef & arpels school in paris

Last week saw me heading early into Paris with a spring to my step and a smile of anticipation.   I was invited to spend the day at the Van Cleef and Arpels School of Jewelry, and I knew that it would be good.  The school is hidden away just off the famous Place Vendome, home to all the great names in haute couture jewellry: Chaumet, Cartier, Boucheron and of course Van Cleef and Arpels. Besides my personal enjoyment, I was also eager to get a feel for the classes firsthand, before bringing my...

le café st regis in paris – one for your address book

Sometimes a work rendez vous turns into a happy discovery of a new address…. last  week I needed to meet a journalist in the middle of Paris and she suggested that we shared a coffee at the Café St Regis on the Ile St Louis.  Of course I had often walked past  there before but never been inside and tasted their warm hospitality. The setting could make you think that the clientele would be entirely tourists, but actually many Parisians know that this is a great place for breakfast, lunch...

paris in bloom by georgianna lane

  If you love flowers and if you love Paris (and frankly I don’t see how that could not be the case) then I have some exciting news for you.    There is a new book published full of the stunning photos by Georgianna Lane, who has spent a  year touring the best spots in Paris for admiring flowers. Be it in the Tuileries gardens, outside the Notre Dame Cathedral or simply on a flower stand in the street, Georgianna’s pictures are stunning and so romantic. She also has tips on...

buying french antiques at Chatou

  We have come to the first french antiques and  brocante fair of the year and without a doubt my favourite.  La Foire de Chatou, or the Chatou Ham and Brocante Fair takes place twice a year on the west of Paris, and gathers hundreds of France’s best antique dealers to show off their wares for a  whole ten days each time.  Why ‘Ham & Brocante’?  … because there are so many places to eat around the fair, with a big tradition for the stands selling cured hams...

where girls like to meet in paris

  Although we live in the countryside, surrounded by fields and forest, we are lucky to be only an hour from Paris, which means that I can pop in regularly for meetings or for lunch.    I have no need of an office space in Paris, so for my appointments, I just love to use a hotel lounge or a brasserie restaurant that is open all day, and where they are quite happy for me to lay stakes to a table and let my meetings come to me, morphing between breakfast, coffee, lunch, re-coffee and even...

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