Blooming magnolias are one of the first heralds of spring. In Paris, they arrive with flair and drama and are the most welcome antidote to a long winter. At the Palais Royal, my favorite garden in the city, Magnolia liliiflora sprinkle the view with bright magenta petals that contrast so beautifully with the neutral architecture and stark, still bare, trees. Yellow and white narcissus brighten the beds and compliment the curved green benches.
The Palais Royal is featured in my new book, Paris in Bloom, so David and I took a copy along one early morning recently to photograph at the wonderful Buren Columns adjacent to the garden. The bold black and white columns are a stylish accent to the fuchsia trees.
After strolling the garden, Café Kitsuné is a popular spot on the edge to warm up with lattes and do a bit of people watching.
When planning your springtime visit to Paris, I hope you include the Palais Royal in late March. This tranquil and peaceful location is the place I adore most of all. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Dear Friends, No, I’m not journeying in southern Italy, photographing the most gorgeous doors and windows to be found anywhere (sigh!).
These stunning images are the work of my dear friend – the inspiring, creative and hugely successful photographer Carla Coulson. I hope you are all familiar with her work and generous, passionate spirit – she has been an irreplaceable influence in my life and career.
And if you’ve ever dreamed about learning travel photography from a top pro, in a breathtakingly romantic location, I have wonderful news for you: Carla has two places left for her upcoming Creative Storytelling Travel Photography Workshop in Puglia, Italy, taking place June 10-17, 2017. I would be thrilled for you to embrace this opportunity!
In this workshop, surrounded by stunning scenery and centuries-old charm, you’ll learn, under Carla’s expert guidance, how to take photos with heart, photos that make people stop in their tracks, photos that capture the stories of life that are all around us.
I can say with certainly that working with Carla will change your life, your photography, your creativity and your enthusiasm for the world. Read all about the workshop here and take the leap to a whole new level of photography and creative passion. (AND, it’s Italy!!)
Hello, dear friends! As part of the Paris in Bloom launch week celebrations, we co-hosted a champagne reception at Nina’s Vendome, truly the most gorgeous tea salon in all of Paris. The pink, gold and white decor was a dream setting which complimented the book so well. We have loved Nina’s for years and we always choose gifts there of tea, chocolate and other treats for friends and family around the world.
Nina’s has an exclusive arrangement to use rose petals and apples from the potager garden at Versailles in their incredible teas, hence the rose motifs.
Some guests we met for the first time that evening, having been social media friends for years!
Nina’s has their own brand of pink champagne, which was served to all guests.
Gilded details throughout are breathtaking!
Here I am with the President of Nina’s, Corinne Brun (left), who, along with her staff did a brilliant job hosting the sparkling evening! Merci beaucoup to everyone involved!
Nina’s Vendome, 29 rue Danielle Casanova, Paris, France 75001