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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...

cooking with patricia wells – a new video

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend time with Patricia Wells at her cooking school in St Germain in  Paris.   She welcomed me in with a camera and she showed me how to make her ‘magic  mushroom soup’, a wonderful recipe from her new book called My Master Recipes that is released at the beginning of March, and is already available on pre-sales here.Patricia is great fun, she is lively and passionate about her work and her food, and I really enjoyed our day together, and the...

it’s all in the detail – the painted papers of antoinette poisson

At the end of a little paved courtyard on a quiet street in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, lies an atelier where magic is made.  Antoinette Poisson was created in 2012 by Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly & Jean-Baptiste Martin, each trained in the restoration of old wall paper.    They shared a love for 18th century design, and actually came up with the idea of Antoinette Poisson while working on the renovation of a chateau in Auvergne, central France. They found scraps of 18th century...

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