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

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A romantic dinner for 2 at Le Bistrot du Peintre

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Pottering around some fab flea markets


Loads of fabulous unique stores

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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?