Shoe shopping in the Marais, Paris

We were eating Berthillon ice cream on Ile Saint Louis when C’s blisters made her reach breaking point. We swapped shoes and hobbled to the nearest department store, BHV on the edge of the Marais. BHV is one of Paris’ most historic department stores and is worth a look if you’re in the area. Paris is spoilt for beautiful department stores and for me, Galerie … Continue reading Shoe shopping in the Marais, Paris

Paris Montmartre

Postcards from a rainy day in Montmartre

Almost every day we had in Paris was beautiful and sunny, except for the day we went to Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. We started the day wearing summer dresses but were shocked by a windy, miserable day when we got outside. Fifteen minutes later we’d cobbled together a vaguely warm outfit and were back on track. We started at the boulangerie on the corner with … Continue reading Postcards from a rainy day in Montmartre

Postcard from the Parisian Flower Markets

The Marche aux Fleurs ( Flower Markets) in Ile de Cite is the oldest and one of the largest flower markets in Paris. Between the Conciergerie and Hotel Dieu (City Hall) you’ll find the markets every day of the week – and on Sundays, they are joined by the Marche aux Oieseaux ( bird market). Markets are such one of my favourite ways of engaging … Continue reading Postcard from the Parisian Flower Markets

The changing faces of the Champs-Elysee

My summer in Paris was unforgettable. I loved having a full month to sink my teeth deeper into more of what Paris has to offer, after my fortnight in January. I noticed more about the culture and the state of Paris that I had not noticed a few months before as a wide eyed and wonderstruck tourist. The Champs-Elysee is changing. Fewer and fewer French … Continue reading The changing faces of the Champs-Elysee

Treasure hunting at the antique markets in Nice

Back home, the best markets are usually reserved for the weekend. In Nice, even markets on a Monday are a shopping mecca! If only I had an empty suitcase and an overflowing bank account to visit them with. Row after row of cute, brightly coloured striped awnings shade stall after stall of treasures. The market specialised in costume jewellery, art, furniture and homewares. For fellow … Continue reading Treasure hunting at the antique markets in Nice