I met my friend for a walk the other day, but not before “un café et croissant” at a favourite french bakery, “Beaucoup”, seriously delicious! After calculating the damage, calories that is, a walk was definitely in order. When it’s a gorgeous sunny day outside in Vancouver, you jump at the chance to hit the sweet spots in the city. With that in mind, we headed towards Kitsilano Beach, known as Kit’s Beach, which is one of the most popular and happens to be one of my personal favourites.
Kits Point, is the closest traditional neighbourhood to downtown Vancouver; surrounded by parks, beaches and ocean, its location is second to none. With its picturesque streets and eclectic array of homes straight out of Architectural Digest, its a neighbourhood done well. Call it what it is, “design porn for the eyes”. Here you’ll find beautiful Craftsman, Queen Ann, ’60s revivals and modern steel and glass structures defying your typical cookie-cutter style home. Not to be omitted, is a classic Parisienne home straight from the likes of Haussmann, shipped directly from France? It could be.
The owner of this lovely French home happened to be good friends with my friend, so when she suggested: “we should pass by my friend’s place and see her garden.” I had a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed. Upon arriving at the beautiful gates, I could see the garden from the distance; I knew we were somewhere special, a charming garden, reminding me of my travels to the south of France, or even better, Paris.
With the complexity of travel these days, this lovely home was a sight for sore eyes. I took a moment to take it all in, a home thousands of miles from France had me feeling as if I had just arrived there. The “friend” happened to be home, motioning for us to “come in, come in!” Stepping inside the foyer, I was immediately excited by the punches of chartreuse, hot pinks and pale pastels. It’s a family home, lived-in, as it should be, toys from grandchildren strewn around, tiny porcelain bunnies stuffed inside a planter, and flowers everywhere! For me, it captured the true essence of a French home; casual elegance comes to mind. Sometimes, less is more, in this case, more was more, a visual delight for the senses. The friend was an absolute gem, allowing me to snap a few pics, transporting me to my favourite place, Paris. It was hard to leave.
Sometimes we don’t need to travel far to discover beauty in our backyard where we least expect it.
A moment in Paris, a girl can dream, right?