The city of Paris is a study in urban elegance, a place graced with magnificent parks and lovely outdoor markets. I had the good fortune to spend a few rainy days in France last month, and thought that I would share some of the things I saw on my holiday. Much time was spent window shopping and getting lost in the Marais district, discovering different kinds of cheese (Reblochon & Saint Marcellin!) and watching busy Parisians go about their day from café terraces. And can we talk about the pastries? Delectable. A visit to Pierre Hermé will always make my heart sing.
My favourite Parisian floral shop is nestled in a side street not far from the Boulevard Saint-Germain, a place where fragrant flowers, vintage ornaments and whimsical taxidermy are artfully displayed within its dark grey walls. While wandering through the streets of Paris, I noticed that each neighbourhood is home to at least one florist who fills their boutique with alluring botanical displays and pretty bouquets. Yes, they are serious about their flowers here, and I have become quite smitten with everything they have to offer.
Truth be told, the real reason I went to Paris was to take part in the marathon along with 40,000 other runners who together made the trek down the Champs Elysées, across the city and back again. Months of preparation can never predict what happens on race day, but one thing is for sure…it was an inspiring experience that I will remember for years to come.