Thursday, 1 October 2015


 I have made time to hand-bead this large disc shaped headpiece base.
I started it in the airport lounge.
A large curly feather will finish it nicely.
 I can now put a 'Hand-Made in Paris' label on its sparkling visage.
If checking out clichéd nonsense is not your thing.
I would click away now.
It's no secret.
Paris is my sort of town.
They let dogs in just about everywhere.
And there's pastries and cakes.
I have become obsessed looking at each baker's 'signature' style.
There's plenty of them.
There's no flies on the produce.
Only French bees.
Buzzing around the sugary goodness.


 You can sit on a giant macaron, or a sweet biscuit or liquorice all-sort.
You would never have to cook a single thing again.
It's all there for the taking for you to claim as 'your own'.
Even the souvenirs are irresistible.
You  can walk and walk.
There's hardly any hills.
 But, you have to look up.
And across.
And around.
And down
The door knockers are charming.
The flowers encroach the footpath.
The local council couldn't care.
No-one is policing footpath space.
You just get right out of the way.
 The town halls are adorned with cherubs.
Here's our local.
The gardens are perfection.
The domes gleam.
There's all kinds of niche frippery.
This is the highly acclaimed fan and headpiece designers maison Duvelleroy.
Just at the end of the street.
Here's the Plaza Athenee with all its glorious red geranium filled planter boxes.
The French seem to be able to put a garden anywhere.
Dior has its headquarters around the corner.
Nicely played.
 The Plaza's art Frenchie.
Paris is the home of the camellia corsage.
Here's Monsieur Legeron's lovely pieces.
The epitome of elegance.
Ready to be shipped.

The department stores are stunning.
You can sit under this dome at Galeries Layfayette, sipping coffee for not much more than
you would pay at home.


 And, finally the ubiquitous snail eating tools.
See you after dinner.
Bonne Nuit.


  1. I have goosebumps Flora. I'm there with you in my imagination. Galleries Lafayette is the most sublime department store ever, isn't it? And yes, the food, and even the 'tacky' souvenirs....sigh....and walking truly is the only way to get around! Who'd waste a moment on a bus or The Metro? We walked from our hotel near The Louvre, to Montmartre on a quiet Sunday and it was one of the most memorable things I've ever done. Have a wonderful time...I know you will. Love, Mimi xxx

    1. Mimi, you and Paris are a match made in heaven. Xx

  2. The headpiece base is perfection, love that. All of these cakes look so perfect, love Paris :))) Xx

    1. Dainty Doll, I can see you wearing this headpiece! Xx

  3. Love it. Have a superb time x

    1. Oh Cilla, so great isn't it? Add it to your next trip planning. Xx

  4. Oh I am so jealous, I would love to visit Paris one day! All the delicious delicious treats...everyone in my family has visited except me, haha (I'm not a good flier!).

    Enjoy your time there, I'm sure you will.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. You will get there! You will love it! :D x

  5. Wonderful glimpses of less seen Paris vignettes.

    1. Dear Terra, I love your compliment, thank you!

  6. hey flora! paris is perfect in every way! what a fabulous time. i can't wait to visit one day. so glad you enjoyed the post :D it was so good hearing from you doll! missed you.

    1. Sweet Kim, get over there! You will have the best time. Xx

  7. Wow this looks absolutely incredible and definitely the sort of place I'd like to visit. Beautiful scenes and those cakes look like artworks! I'd be the biggest fan of sitting on the big macaroon.

    1. Darling Imogen, you would look perfect sitting on the macaron in your gorgeous outfits! Xx

  8. Loving this tribute.
    And so current with all that has happened. Poor Paris

  9. Happy New Year...when I get back from skiing I need to catch up with you on instagram , I think that's where you've gone?

    1. Dear ALW, thank you for thinking about me!

  10. Amazing pictures. Everything was wonderful!!!

  11. Thank you for your kind compliment! :D x