It’s been a busy month! Some pals leaving on great adventures, others coming to stay and wedding season thrown in too. I’m beginning to plan more of my own flower work for next year and getting excited about all that will hold.
One of my favourite Frenchies is here at the moment which reminded me that I still have plenty of photos to share from Paris.
Endless delicious meals cooked by Angele and Olive.
Visits to the Marché Aux Fleurs in the middle of the city.
One of my favourite galleries, Fondation Cartier with its rambling landscapes and impressive green wall above the entrance.
La Recyclerie, a new cafe near my sisters work where we often met for lunch. It’s located in a former railway station, is super laid back and they even have their own mini farm and vegetable garden.
And other random wanderings through the streets and a cat adventure…
More to come soon. All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.
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I discovered these incredible ‘tubes de trichoptères’ at the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musee Arts Decoratif in Paris last month.
Created by insects which artist Hubert Duprais has provided with access to only gold and jewels.
Located in the marais, the Jardin des Rosiers – Joseph-Mignaret has been accessible via the Maison de l’Europe for some time, but only recently have they opened up the rue des Rosier entrance, meaning it was a completely new find for me in a neighbourhood I thought I was quite familiar with. I am sure there are so many gardens like it in Paris, hiding just out of view.
The garden is named after Joseph Mignaret, a local teacher dedicated to the Resistance during the war. After 165 of his Jewish students were deported (none were to survive) he became active in the underground network assisting Jews escape deportation to the camps. He has since been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.
It’s a beautiful garden filled with birch, green walls, apple espalier and a thriving vegetable patch. A fitting memorial to Mignaret.
Entry via 10 rue des Rosier or through the Maison de l’Europe, 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
It’s been a big couple of weeks since I arrived back in Australia. Ten hours after I touched down I was flying again up to Port Douglas for the wedding of the lovely Lucy and Nick and a long weekend away with my family. Hanging with my gorgeous baby nephew and soaking up the tropical sun completely evaporated any possible post Paris sadness. Now I’m back to work with Jardine, Chris, The Glue Society, my own flower jobs, and another project I’ll tell you more about later for a crazy busy rest of year. Perhaps it’s a little corny but Paris always leaves me feeling energised and inspired for what’s yet to come.
So to Paris. I booked my ticket a week before I flew and left my visit a surprise from my sister. When she saw me at our regular Sunday cafe spot there was a lot of love and jumping around and a smile that lasted on both our faces for my entire trip. Over the couple of weeks I was there friends trickled home from their August holidays and it was such a pleasure to catch up with each and every one of them. Special mention goes to my French Family: Angele, Robinson, Pierre, Francois, Pauline, Emile, Flo, and friends Etienne, Charlotte, Monsieur Floch, Marietta, Artus, Jade, and Rebecca along with the visiting Aussies Luke, Mike, Kitty, Jamie and Monty. And of course my actual sister Olive. Love you, miss you loads already.
Here are some pics from my first day in Paris, wandering from the Marché d’Aligre through the marais, Place des Vosges and then a friend’s rooftop bar, le Perchoir. More photos to come of a few French gardens, a wedding in Croatia, and a quick pit stop in London.
All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.