Parenthèse urbaine in Paris {urban bracket}

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Hello world!
I hope you are all doing fine! I must say, my life hasn’t been that easy or glamorous since we moved to France. So much to unpack, organise etc… so many phone calls and emails with different administrations in France and in Germany, and that feeling to have forgotten a very important deadline all the time. 
On the other hand, I don’t regret the decision we made, for one second and as my husband keeps repeating: “nobody ever said, that an international move with a baby would be easy!”.
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We are moving to…..Paris!

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Hello everyone,
I have some big news. I am moving to Paris very soon! and I am very excited. We found a pretty little house in the suburb with a little garden really close to the Gare St Lazare.
That means a lot of chances in our lives, but I am really happy about it. Now it’s getting so real, that we have even booked a moving company, I can’t wait to be there. 
I have been spending over 10 years in Germany, Berlin first and then Hamburg. I am really grateful for all the great experiences I had here, and all the great people I met and will dearly miss. 
That’s where I started my professional and marital life, where I started my blogging life and where my sweet little Ella was born. I will never forget that, but I am excited now about starting a new chapter of my life and living closer to my family, which will also be great for little Ella. 

I am so excited about:

* The food
* The museums and the cultural life 
* The concerts 
* being able to work in my mother tongue
* being able to see my family without having to take a plane
* having a garden and be able to grow my own flowers
* discovering some new flower shops 
* growing a cut flowers garden in my mum’s garden
* being able to see my French friends a lot more

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Of course, I will take madame love with me in my little suitcase and continue blogging about flowers and interior design. I will also of course share my shopping tips with you along the way and start a Paris guide after my Hamburg guide.  Talking about Paris Guide, you can check out the blogs of my friends Igor and Judith for some great Paris Tips. 
PS: I stole their beautiful pictures (with their permissions of course) to illustrate this post, and now I am even more excited about our new start!
Take care and have a lovely weekend!
Elodie
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My green Amsterdam

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Hello everyone,
as promised on Instagram, here comes my blogpost about the green side of lovely Amsterdam. After two pretty intensive days visiting the Keukenhof park and the flower bulb region, I had a very nice and relaxing Sunday in Amsterdam with my friend Ivona. I had my camera with as we went for a walk and I decided to take another angle for my blogpost about Amsterdam and to show you the green side of the city. So no canal houses, bikes on the bridges or boats on the water even though they are beautiful. 
I am showing you the green side of the city, but not the obvious green side, with the blooming cherry trees and the lovely parks, but the plants and flowers in front of the houses and in the shop windows. When you walk around Amsterdam, you really realise, how much the flowers are loved in this city and how beautifully they are displayed. So here are a couple of photos, I took during my walk in the city centre of Amsterdam, in the restaurants and cafés and even in the lobby of the beautiful Rijksmuseum.
So here are some wisteria, rosebuds, lilac and clematis for you, and of course also a couple of tulips!
I wish you a great day! I will be back soon with a round to my visit to the daffodils festival on Saturday on some designers I love
Have a great afternoon!
Elodie

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LOVEly Flower Shop: SAXIFRAGA

Hello everyone!
Here is another flower shop I visited for my article in sisterMAG last year. This shop is all about mini-bouquets. If you read my blog, you know I like mini-bouquets. My lovely #2flowergirls Inga from glomerylane calls me the “mini-bouquet lover”!

Saxifraga in Hamburg, is one of my all time favourite flower shop. Forget everything you know about flower shops before you go there. The owner Carola Wineberger is a very creative lady and really manages to create atmospherical flower compositions.  The shop is situated in the very creative district called Karolinenviertel or Karoviertel and surrounded by many small shops with a lot of handmade fashion and decoration items.

She makes some very small bouquets and displays them in recycled jars or shot glasses – they really look like the ones I loved making when I was a child – and still make now. No vase is small enough for these little beauties. She sells them for a couple of Euros. I find it so refreshing to find that kind of bouquet in a flower shop. So far away from all those pre-formated bouquets you find everywhere with gerberas and a lot of green.

Have a great day and speak to you soon!
Elodie

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Herr Max

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Hello everyone,
as promised yesterday, I am presenting you today the lovely Herr Max in Hamburg where the Räder presentation took place.
It is located in the Sternschanze district in Hamburg, in the same street as the great flower shop Grüne Flora. It has this rough flair I particularly like. If you are visiting Hamburg, I really recommend visiting this amazing place for a coffee, a piece of cake, or an ice-cream in the summer. Herr Max is open everyday from 10:00 to 21:00.

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