Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Ahhh, Paris.

Where to begin? The sights, the sounds, the smells and the insane beauty simply everywhere! The French have such a delicious touch when it comes to flowers ( lots of one type or lovely delicate mixtures), fabrics (exotic and lush), clothing (look for lots of navy), window display ( always a story being told), gardens (the clean straight tree trunks exactly the same distance apart, the trimmed fresh green leaves, the flower beds so pretty and the raked gravel with tidy benches in just the right places), the beautiful bakeries ( each patisserie a small work of art that tastes as good as it looks), the cafes (so professional and serious in presentation, taste and aroma), and the daily sounds of the bells mingling with the urgent sirens. I have to pinch myself each time and smile throughout the day not really believing my good fortune at being in Paris France!
While enjoying the many flea markets around the city and touching bases with old friends, I am always inspired by what treasures there are still. The Americans have not been able to buy for a long time now, but the dealers are still optimistic and things are starting to improve. I had the special treat of having lunch with Patrick Frey ( Pierre Frey) again and his message was very positive and that they are seeing great recovery in Europe and also on the East Coast in the US. Now that the Euro has become weaker and the dollar stronger, Pierre Frey has made the decision to correct their prices accordingly in the US, within the next ten days. This really is amazing news and is certainly a gift to the trade. I am so impressed once again by this forward thinking company.
I hope you enjoy the few pictures included in the blog. The tent is at the George V, the glorious peonies in a little shop on rue de Rivoli, I am standing on the banks of the Seine last Sunday morning and the fruit is always so pretty in the outside markets. Life is good and I hope you have enjoyed my sharing a few of the recent moments.
Jane back in Seattle

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jane-

    So excited to discover your blog! (And that you are back in Europe...) The market pics are wonderful!