Saturday, October 3, 2009

Palais Royal

One of my favorite places in Paris is the Palais Royal and especially the gardens. It's a lovely tranquil place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Stefan and I actually ate lunch in the garden one day which was a nice treat. It also happens to be home to the celebrated interior designer Jacques Grange who I am sad to say we did not see.

I wish America had more allees of trees since they are so beautiful.

I always wonder how long it takes the gardeners to trim them and how often they do it. They always look so perfect!

The double sided benches are uniquely French.

The French also have very comfortable lounge chairs in every park!

Even the simple planters are chic!

Too bad the pigeons ruined my shot!

The perfectly manicured lawn with it's keep off sign.

We really did stop to smell the roses in the garden of the Palais Royal and they smelled heavenly!

Unfortunately the courtyard with the black and white truncated columns by Daniel Buren was under construction.

A covered arcades that surround the garden houses many clothing stores, antique shops and cafes.

I loved the signs at this shop.

Didier Ludot is one of the most famous shops in the Palais Royal and consists of the vintage shop as well as one devoted to the little black dress.

A few days ago Didier Ludot celebrated the 10th anniversary of his La Petite Robe Noire with a little soiree at the Palais Royal during Paris fashion week.

There was a pretty little glove store along the arcade that would only exist in Paris!

One of the things I love most about Europeans in general is their willingness to sit outside in any type of weather. They usually just put out a few heat lamps but this cafe provides it's customers with cashmere blankets. Only in Paris!

15 comments:

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Yes! Only in Paris!

Renovation Therapy said...

I'm headed there this week. Paris makes me so happy!

daniel-hale said...

If you like that try the Place des Vosges in the Marais. Its more intimate, better architecure, and you have to wander through the Marais to get there. The arcades are great. Seemed like the most ideal place for a shop. Thanks, enjoy, Daniel

Donna said...

Can't wait to go to Paris!!! It looks amazing!

mb said...

You took so many outstanding, textural photos of Paris, making me see the city again through your eyes.
Thanks.

Sallie Ann said...

These pictures are great and I love that dress! That would look great on a sheepdog! It's precious. Thanks for sharing yoru sites.

Gaj said...

One of the more sublime spots and gorgeous real estate in Paris Heather. Thanks for that. I long to live there for over 20 years, nearly impossible especially for a non French native. Did you know that Monsieur Grange resides in Colette's former flat there?

Greet said...

I love your posts about Paris so much! This one is also a wonderful one! The Palais Royal is indeed a beautiful building !
The planter is wonderful, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing,
Greet

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Please, please, please more pictures and posts related to design projects you are working on.

Bailey said...

I love this, you capture the essence of the city perfectly, my fave is the cafe with the blankets...only in paris!

TheCluelessCrafter said...

The ease, the elan that the parisians -the french- live each day with is intoxicating!

so transported!

(p.s. newish to the blog and am amused you have a Stefan in your life. my hubby's name is the same, and with the same spelling. though, many people call him stefahhhhn;-)

Guillaume said...

Actually the little glove store is not that genuine... It opened only a year ago!... Yet the gloves are gorgeous

Eamon said...

They provide blankets at the cafes in Budapest too! Not quite as chic as cashmere just bright and cheerfully-coloured polar fleece...but still very welcome to snuggle in against the breeze!

Diogo Mayo said...

I live in Lisboa and one of the advantages of living in Europe are that the territory is really small and that turn the trips between countries comfortable and fast. I go to Paris frequently and there are magic in air. The perfect architecture, the nice people, the climate, the agitation and the social coloring. Paris is the spot! Congratulations for all the photographs!

diogo

Linda said...

I actually saw the gardeners at work on those trees one day. They don't use electric or gas trimmers to do the job, but sharp blades on the end of long sticks by hand-and tall ladders. It looked very labor intensive to me but I do love the results.

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