• 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 in the Dark Book, Paris in the Dark Glows With Tension and Intrigue, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/02/08/paris-in-the-dark #ParisintheDark #RobertOlenButler #books #novels #historicalfiction #Paris
    Books

    Paris in the Dark Glows With Tension and Intrigue

    Paris in the Dark struck me as the quintessential literary thriller. It has both fine prose and an intriguing plot, a novel that reminded me of Ken Follett’s earliest work, combining the quiet narration of Alan Furst and gradual tightening suspense of John LeCarré. This is the fourth in Robert Olen Butler’s series of spy novels, putting Christopher Marlowe ‘Kit’…

  • 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…

  • 20 Books of Summer, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/24/20-books-of-summer #Provence #20BooksofSummer #France #Paris #Luberon #books #French
    Books,  France

    20 Books of Summer! Focus: Provence. Did I Make It?

    Earlier this summer, I gathered together a stack of books about France to inspire me as I wrote my novel set in Provence. In June, I lengthened the list and jumped on the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge bandwagon. The collection included novels and memoirs and I made a few substitutions along the way. It was fun to spend the…