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Paris in Bloom

Last week, I was thrilled and honoured to receive an advance review copy of Georgianna Lane's stunning new book, Paris in Bloom. I urge you to pre-order now! For Francophiles, it is a book to treasure that will make your spirits soar... From beginning to end Paris in Bloom is a glorious affair. Thick with promise, the pages turn effortlessly like petals in the wind, uplifting and exhilarating, and oh so pretty, bringing gasps of joy! In our chaotic world, it offers us all a heartening remedy by celebrating the beauty and fragility of life through flowers, against the beguiling backdrop ...

A Family in Paris in Korean

My first glimpse of A Family in Paris translated into Korean. Out now!

A Family in Paris Korean cover
*마감되었습니다. 감사합니다.
파리에서 살아보기
가장 프랑스다운 파리 16구,
본격 적응기
제인 페이크 지음/ 김희정 옮김
*6월 12일 출간예정
“집, 회사, 학교… 쉬운 건 아무 것도 없다
그럼에도 나는 파리와 사랑에 빠졌다”


L’Hôtel Banke, Paris

Back in April, I spent a night at L'Hôtel Banke, a flamboyant boutique hotel in the Opéra quarter of Paris that occupies the former headquarters of the CCF bank. Photographer Vincent Bourdon joined me for a few hours of shooting and exploring in order to create a story, and, finally I am able to share this unique place with you... The doorman takes my luggage and ushers me in with a smile. Swathes of crumpled red taffeta are draped dramatically above, lit by a spectacular contemporary chandelier. Rushing to arrive, and with my mind elsewhere, I am suddenly brought into the moment ...


A Family in Paris in Paperback

Wonderful news! Penguin Books Australia is planning a paperback edition of A Family in Paris, perfect to tuck in your suitcase and take with you on your travels. I'll post more information closer to the February 2015 publication date, including where to pre-order. If you would like to purchase a copy of the original hardback, please note that there is limited quantity remaining, so drop into your local bookshop soon. Alternatively, head to, or Included this week in Ten Best Memoirs for Summer Reading by Kay Sanger.


Cook’n with Class

Pick up a copy of the Weekend Australian today to read about my Morning Market Cooking Class at a super little cooking school for English speakers on the butte of Montmartre. To read more about Cook'n with Class go to Cook'n with Class; a boutique cooking school nestled in the backstreets of Montmartre. Photo: Vincent Bourdon Scallops in orange butter sauce with candied citrus zest and white asparagus. Photo: Vincent Bourdon A warm chocolate fondant with a molten stream of striped chocolate lava. Photo: Vincent Bourdon  


The Pleasures of Apartment Living in Paris

'We love hearing our guests tell us about their favourite part of staying in a vacation rental in Paris. Jane Paech, author of Delicious Days in Paris, shares just what creates that magical experience of living like a Parisian for her.' Living the Dream. Photo Vincent Bourdon                                 To read my guest blog for Paris Perfect on my stay in their beautiful rental apartments, and the pleasures of apartment living in Paris, click here.


Paris by Mouth – A Taste of the Left Bank

It's just after eleven on a Sunday morning and a long line of clued-up locals curls from the door of la boulangerie. The smell of fresh bread teases on the footpath. Our tour guide Phyllis joins the queue and soon emerges with a traditional baguette, known as une tradi. She explains that there has been a renaissance in authentic, hand-shaped baguettes in France over the past few years and that une tradi can only be made from four ingredients: flour, salt, yeast and water. It takes longer to make a traditional baguette so it will cost you slightly more, but you are guaranteed the real thing. Phyllis cuts the ...


Classic Paris: One Perfect Day

Romantic, mouth-watering Paris – with so many wonderful things to do and see – where do you start? The dilemma becomes even greater if your time is limited. Below, I share five classic ideas if you have just 24 precious hours in my favourite city. Promenade through the Tuileries Gardens For an elegant introduction to the City of Light and to soak up the full splendour of Paris there’s nothing like a stroll through the gold-plated first arrondissement. The neighbourhood is classic Paris, dominated by the Louvre Palace, a patchwork of elegant squares and breathtaking gardens. Start at the Cour Carrée at ...


A Sunday Cycle through Paris

Last month I spent a pleasant Sunday cycling through Paris with Fat Tire Bike Tours, a friendly company that offers leisurely bicycle expeditions in cities throughout Europe. A picnic stop on the Monet's Garden TourTo find out more about my day, read my guest post written for the Fat Tire blog here.