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Peonies, Flower Shopping, and Healthy Eating

Allow us to introduce you to Lucia Chauvet, a Parisian born, multilingual foodie, photographer, and adventure-lover. Lucia started her blog, Lucia Talks Pictures, in 2016 with the idea to share her knowledge of food and photography in Paris, from the perspective of a multicultural life. If we could all share one common interest, food is probably the first thing that springs to mind! We are very excited to feature Lucia this week as a guest post on SFP, to have an insight into a couple of her MANY food experiences in Paris.


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Hidden Gardens of Paris

As spring approaches, all we want to do is go see the flowers blossom and picnic in beautiful gardens.  Sure everyone’s heard of the Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens, but what about checking out some of the lesser known and equally stunning spots in Paris? We’ve compiled a few of our favorite hidden gardens in Paris.  Don’t forget to grab the baguette and bottle of wine before you mosey on over.

Le Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil :

Located on the Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil, the Serres d’Auteuil garden is a haven of exotic peace. Dedicated to the art of gardening, the Serres d’Auteui garden is home to nearly 6,000 plants from around the world. Above all, the beauty of this garden lies in its eclecticism as you can travel to China, India or Japan via its abundance of greenery.  The grounds are varied and you’ll find gardens, sculptures AND greenhouses.

To get there: 3, avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil or 1, avenue Gordon Bennett, Porte d’Auteuil (line 10).


Le Jardin du Musée Rodin

For art aficionados the Rodin Museum houses an incredible 3-hectare garden which of course is filled with the sculptor’s masterpieces.  Wander through the gardens and you’ll see Rodin’s the Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, Balzac, Adam Eve, and many more.  The gardens are divided into two thematic sections arranged from east to west.   The first section, the “Garden of Orpheus,” is filled with plants and rock structures.  The second section, the “Jardin des Sources,” houses plants and water in the form of fountains and a small pond. The Rodin gardens also feature a beautiful rose garden that is perfect for all your romantics looking to take a summertime stroll with the apple of your eye.

To get there: 79 rue de Varenne, Varenne metro (line 13) or Invalides (line 8, 13 or RER C).

The Panthéon Bouddhique

If you’re stressed out, visit the Buddhist Pantheon, where you’ll be able to relax in peace. The place, which is an add on to the Guimet Museum (National Museum of Asian Arts), hides a small Japanese-style garden complete with basins, stone bridge and giant bamboo awnings. Inside, you can admire a collection of 250 Japanese works, compiled by Emile Guimet.  The pavilion also houses free tea ceremonies as a way to check out Buddhism.  Check out more on in our blog post.

To get there: 19 avenue d’Iena,  Jena Metro (line 9) or Boissiere (line 6).


Le Jardin d’agronomie tropicale à Nogent-sur-Marne

The Garden of Tropical Agronomy located in Nogent-sur-Marne borders the Bois de Vincennes. This beautiful green area hides Chinese, Tunisian, and Indochinese remnants from the French colonial era.  In this garden you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from Paris and you’ll also feel like you’ve traveled back in time: the early twentieth century atmosphere permeates every corner of this garden. Forget the Buttes Chaumont and other popular parks of Paris, here you’ll bask in the quiet, away from the hordes of tourists.

To get there: 45 bis avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, RER A Nogent-sur-Marne Nogent or RER E – The Perreux.

The Garden of the Great Mosque of Paris

Turquoise mosaic floors, shaded arches, waterfalls, fountains, lush vegetation, the Gardens of the Mosque of Paris is an oasis located in the heart of Paris. After tasting the essential Moroccan tea, venture to check out the greenery which is inspired by Spanish and North African design.  Another exotic choice of garden, where you’ll feel as though you’ve been completely transported from Paris.

To get there:  Jussieu metro (line 7 and 10) or Place Monge (line 7).


Perfumes of France

On the heels of a recent visit to the Miss Dior expo at the Grand Palais, I decided to investigate the world of perfume making in France.  It’s hard not to think of France when one considers some of the most famous perfumes: Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, Givenchy,  and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.  France isn’t the only country renowned for its perfume; however, it leads the market of international perfume sales at 30% of the world market.  Additionally, France possesses LVMH, one of the largest luxury-goods companies in the world, which relies heavily upon perfume sales for business.

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What surprised me the most about perfume manufacturing in France though is where it is produced.  If I had to take a guess, I would have thought many perfumes were manufactured in Provence (I wasn’t too far off).  It turns out that the international perfume capital lies in Grasse, France which Continue reading