A Paris reunion

St Germain coffee photo

Last Thursday I took an early Eurostar, headed for Paris and a girls’ family reunion with my mum and grama. We celebrated our triple birthdays, spanning the summer months, and stretched out our long weekend with plenty of coffee, art and wandering.

Photo collage of Hotel Chopin

Photo collage of Jardin des Plantes

Paris collage of d'orsay tea and lauduree macarons

New discoveries included beautiful gardens at the Jardin des Plantes, tea at the grand old Cafe du Lion of the Musee d’Orsay, and sweet things on the streets of St Germain. We walked our feet off and, when they would take us no further, hitched a ride on a rickshaw.

Paris rickshaw taxi and Wendy walking collage

Paris always offers new delights; an old city that never gets old. We stayed at the Hotel Chopin, which I would recommend to anyone. It has a lovely old shabby feel, with immaculate rooms, and friendly staff.  I hope I’ll be returning some day soon!

Meanwhile, my mum and grama have headed South, to the Loire, while Tom and I head up North, to catch up with friends and explore the Lake District for the first time.  Boots and bikes are packed.  Can’t wait!

Paris à l’automne


I’ve just returned from a girl’s trip to Paris, filled with so many good things.  I loved the myriad of little shops, with their inviting displays.


Books, bikes, and yarn; a few of my favourites!  There were plenty of unexpected moments for craft appreciation, like the crowd knitting hats outside of Saint-German l’Auxerrois, the enormous display of old sewing machines in the window of a fashion house, or the art at the Petit Palais.



The weather was perfect for wandering and we appreciated every autumnal, golden moment.