I mentioned in my last post that we were on a work-cation in France last week. We certain enjoyed all the usually tourist spots and tried to fit them into one day.
This cafe was hidden in a garden like setting on the sidewalk. I want that link chair! And, right next door, amazing cupcakes in the cutest shop ever. I loved the charm of both spots and the attention to even the finest detail.
I love everything about this little shopping experience – the narrow walkway, the light from above, the beauty of the floors and the symmetry if the ceiling. That floor pattern would make a beautiful quilt.
The fabric shop I highlighted yesterday was obviously the highlight but I also enjoyed a sweet antique shipped that tempted our senses with brightly colored displays. We had been looking for some unique treasures to bring home for Sophia and found quite a few in this arcade. I was also inspired by the bright bursts of color packed into small spaces at many of the flower shops around town. Similarly we found lots of design inspiration in our chocolate crawl.
So what did I really learn on our day off the beaten path? Beauty surrounds us. We are always so busy checking things off our list and racing from here to there that I think we miss the beauty around us. I will definitely hold on to our tour of Paris behind the scenes to remind me to keep my eyes open and mind free as I wander around nearer my home and work.
If you would like to take your own tour of Hidden Paris, the blog we followed (with some of our own side stops) has great photos, additional stops and GPS coordinates.