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!


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