18.01. Looking forward to things

Looking forward is something I really like.

At the moment I am really looking forward to a trip to Paris and there is a special book that is making my anticipation so much sweeter.

Called Paris: A Guide to the City’s Creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch, it is a sumptuous amuse bouche of the city that looks well beyond the usual sights (though it covers those as well) into lots of hidden nooks and crannies.

She covers so much-  bookstores, vintage stores and flea markets, design, homewares, what she calls “whimsical” stores as well as eateries of all styles (from tea salons to food markets).  And for each of the arrondissements, she has a description of their vibe and a guide for a lovely wander.

We are staying in the 5th.  Her chapter opener makes my mouth water:

“The Jardin des Plantes and its glorious menagerie, the exotic gardens and tea rooms of the Paris Mosque, the grace and sheer grandeur of the Pantheon and the ‘snail’ trails between Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Seine- tiny side streets filled with atmosphere, architecture and an enchanting silvery light”

These are a few highlights I’m really looking forward to thanks to Janelle.

Tea in the pink tea salon at the Grand Mosque

Source: google.com.au via Maree on Pinterest

 

A romantic dinner for 2 at Le Bistrot du Peintre

Source: qype.co.uk via Maree on Pinterest

 

Pottering around some fab flea markets

 

Loads of fabulous unique stores

Source: google.com.au via Maree on Pinterest

I found an interview with Janelle here, that has her thoughts on a one day walking tour that sounds fab.

What is it that you are looking forward to?

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4 thoughts on “18.01. Looking forward to things

  1. I hope you had a wonderful time in Paris. I was there very recently and took photocopied pages of this book with me. Unfortunately I found it pretty, but also pretty useless. The text is bland, covers very little new ground and certainly isn’t the insiders or secrets guide it purports to be. Most of the places in it are found in any guidebook or decent website, and the many are not for the normal tourist but high-end places you would never afford. That’s the text. The photos and styling, on the other hand, are gorgeous. But for information, you’d be better off looking up websites like Girls Guide to Paris or Secrets of Paris. For free. Then take your little Lonely Planet city guide (also an Australian book) or DK Top Ten with you.
    The other thing of course is that Paris is a city to explore on foot, to poke around in, to discover for yourself. Little artisan workshops and boutiques in the Marais, cafes and wine bars, the markets – half the fun is seeking them out and feeling like you are the only person on earth who holds that secret knowledge.

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