The fabric district of Paris | buttons, baubles and beads

13 Jun

On a cold, crisp April morning, with numb fingers, and an almost feverish determination I searched for buttons. Muscling locals aside I pounced on another matching set. My fingers became blue, nose snuffly, but the button search went on and on, till every button had been turned and either discarded or bagged as a treasure […]

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Some of the best cheese shops in Paris

6 Feb

It’s said that Napoleon first tasted Camembert in Normandy and kissed the waitress who served him. Great cheese makes you very happy. Presidents Obama and Hollande were offered the best of French cheeses at the Climate Change Forum in 2015 from a Parisian fromagerie – Alleosse.  This great honour demonstrated how much the French, with […]

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Chateau Du Rivau Loire Valley: pumpkins, roses and fairy-tales

24 Oct

Over twenty years ago I visited the Chateau du Rivau. In its first stages of renovation by owner Patricia Laigneau, a Versailles trained garden designer with a passion to restore the chateau to its former ancient glory. The chateau remained in my memory as an enchanting place. Reminiscent of fairy tale castles, the gardens were […]

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