On several occasions, my friends have suggested that I develop a city guide of the places I've visited and start posting the guides to my blog.
'Who has the time?' I thought to myself.
But in the spirit of pleasing my small number of devoted followers, I have put my husband-less Friday night to good use.
I've named this city guide section 'Flâneries.'
I learnt about this word from the Hermès exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London years ago and it stuck with me.
It is only appropriate that I start the first chapter of Flâneries in France.
I was in Paris a few months ago to attend a workshop with my favourite food photographer/stylist, Beth Kirby at Local Milk.
I learnt so many new technical skills and now have a new-found relationship with my camera.
The pictures in this post are shot and retouched using all of the techniques I learnt from Beth.
The lesson with her helped me to understand how to better capture the places and objects I encounter during my wandering and to translate the way I perceive things for other people to see my point of view better.
I hope you like it.
Let us perfect the art of Flânerie - the art of remaining open-minded, always questioning the world we live in and searching for beauty and the essence of things.
L’Avant Comptoir (3 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris)
Merci - Linen and things
E. Dehillerin - Cookware & Copperware
Shakespeare & Co - Books
Pierre Frey - Fabric
Colette - Concept store
Astier de Villatte - Ceramics
Marché aux Enfants Rouge - Food market
La Tresorerie - Tableware and beautiful things
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen - flea market