• In Search of the Perfect Street in Paris, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/03/14/perfect-street-in-paris #Paris #street #RueSaintPlacide #TheForgettingFlower #novels #books #KarenHugg
    Paris,  Writing

    In Search of the Perfect Street in Paris

    One of the most beautiful features of Paris is its streets. I love the ornate buildings, I love the beautiful landmarks, I love the stately cathedrals, but I also love the streets. They are cobbled unevenly, smoothly paved, or somewhere in between, geometrically decorated with modern pavers. They are grand like the Haussmann-designed boulevards and averagely wide like the Rue…

  • A Hidden Garden in Paris Waiting to Be Discovered, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/03/04/hidden-garden-paris, Photo by Guilhem Vellut #SquareBoucicaut #Paris #France #parks #gardens #secretgarden
    Paris,  Plants

    A Hidden Garden in Paris Waiting to Be Discovered

    In Paris, there are plenty of grand gardens to visit: Jardin des Plantes, Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries to name a few. But there are also small gardens that offer a respite from the city. One such garden is the Square Boucicaut in the 7th arrondissement. It’s notable not only for its wonderfully central location near Saint-Germain-des-Prés but also for…

  • Paris Plant Shop, How Little Plant Shops Inspired a Big Paris Dream, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/01/16/plant-shops/ #Paris #plantshop #novels #books #TheForgettingFlower
    Books,  Paris,  Writing

    How Little Plant Shops Inspired a Big Paris Dream

    I’ve always thought owning a plant shop would be a fun job. I wouldn’t want to manage a full-on nursery, that seems too complicated, but I wouldn’t mind owning a small store that specializes in rare and unusual plants. An Oasis of Greenery This is because I’m convinced plant shops are dreamy. I can think of one in particular in…

  • Five Fantastic Books to Help You Dream About Paris, Paris Gift Books, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/12/15/books-about-paris/ #books #Paris #France #InaGarten #EugeneAtget #TheNewParis #food #cooking
    Books,  Paris

    Five Fantastic Books to Help You Dream About Paris

    One of my favorite things to do is hang out on the couch and flip through picture books about Paris. If I can’t be there in person, at least I can be there in spirit. My fascination with the city is about art, romance, architecture, food, history, plants, and leisure. I loved Paris before I lived there and I love…

  • Paris in a Technicolor Dream - Paris at Night, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night #Paris #France #photos #SaadSharif
    Paris

    Paris at Night — in a Technicolor Dream

    The photographer Saad Sharif has an amazing ability to capture Paris at night or dusk, setting him apart from other photographers (me included) who’ve photographed Paris. But his work isn’t only special for capturing a dark city but how he brings out the bright hues. There are pinks, blues, and oranges contrasting with the black skies and trees and signs.…

  • wine shop painting, Why I Love My Two Paintings of Paris, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/06/paintings-of-paris/ #Paris #paintings #bookshop #France
    France,  Paris

    Why I Love My Two Paintings of Paris

    One Sunday afternoon, I was browsing a nearby second-hand shop when I came across two enchanting paintings of Paris. One was of a bookstore, the other, a wine shop. They were snippets of that city’s life. The focus was solely on one store rather than an entire street or overview of the city, which you often see in paintings and…

  • Chestnut Tree in Courtyard, Paris, France, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #plants #gardens #Paris
    Paris

    A Tribute to Plants in Paris

    This year on the 4th of July, my husband and I took our kids to see the fireworks show by our neighborhood lake. It was in a park where 5,000 people peacefully sat in the dark and watched pretty flowers explode in the sky. As sweet as it was to see kids and teenagers running around on a warm summer…