6.29.2015

Visiting Summer in Paris...

Paris Seine River
Paris Spring flowers
Paris Seine River

The official start of summer break for the boys is in a few days, and they're doubly excited this year because they get to mark it with the arrival of their beloved uncle and aunt from the States! It is also the first of hopefully many family visits from across the big blue ocean.

We plan to share with them a more intimate Paris, the more familial city that is for now our new home. The one that includes regular runs to the boulanger and fromager, leisurely walks along the Seine, stops at our favorite neighborhood cafés, and maybe even a picnic or two.

We'll also be heading out to the Loire Valley and the Champagne region as well. If you'd like to come along, I'll be posting on Instagram @catherine_goron :) a bientot!

Paris St. Regis

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6.22.2015

Decisions | Paris & Peonies

Peony in black and white
Pink and white peonies

The beginning of summer in Paris can sometimes be tricky I've discovered, not only because of constantly varying weather conditions, but also because you may just find yourself at an open market with just a single 10 Euro bill in your pocket and have to decide between a carton of succulent strawberries or a handful of the prettiest peonies... one feeds the stomach, the other feeds the heart and soul...

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6.13.2015

Details | Blue & Green

Paris blue door
Paris lamppost

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5.31.2015

The Sweet Scent of Roses | Jardin des Plantes

Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden
Paris Jardin des Plantes Rose Garden

I often pass this gated area just beyond the main entrance of Jardin des Plantes on my way to another area of the garden, and only ever stop to photograph the sculptures inside, always wishing I could jump the fence to get a better angle. I've never known it to be accessible to the public, until the other day when surprisingly two square gates, normally locked and sealed with a padlock, were wide open. I looked around to see if the jardinieres were momentarily inside watering the plants or tilling the grounds... but there was no one working on the flora at all, just a young man walking under the trellises, admiring the roses.

Roses! A jungle of roses that had never been there on my previous visits. I stepped inside with a fluttering heart. And although I overheard someone say most of the blooms had already passed their peak, I couldn't disagree more. And so I spent the better half of the morning slowly taking in the 170 varieties of European roses.

Do visit if you can... but take heart, as soon as you begin to leave, the fragrance of a thousand roses pulls you back in, inviting you to remain one minute more, then another, followed by another...

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5.25.2015

a Parisian Cityscape

Bird's eye view of Notre Dame
Bird's eye view of Notre Dame
Bird's eye view of Notre Dame
Bird's eye view of Notre Dame
Bird's eye view of Notre Dame
Bird's eye view of Notre Dame

I recently discovered this view of Notre Dame, from the ninth floor terrace of l'Institut du Monde Arabe on the Left Bank. Entry is free, and there's even a restaurant where you can dine while enjoying the city's rooftop vistas and splendid skyline...

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