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bleu blanc rouge for bastille day

Here in France, we love our bank holidays.   The month of May is the best because on a good year, when the planets align, we may get four in just one month. But now we are in July.  The school children are on holiday, the weather is warmer and the atmosphere quite different.   And of course the 14th July is Bastille Day with all that that involves. Bastille Day is the bank holiday that has the most family feel to it.   In small towns, there may be village parties, in others you’ll find...

staying near Chantilly with Guest and House

I’m always on the look out for new places to stay that are slightly off the beaten track and tend to prefer the authenticity of a smaller property rather than a  big hotel .    There is a new place to look when searching for places to stay in France.    The website Guest and House groups together a few select B&B’s in all corners of the country. I recently visited Clare Howarth who runs the B&B La Maison et l’Atelier from her home near the town of Chantilly, which is...

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...

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