Saturday, March 12, 2011

Like Going To Paris A Second Time

Just like the flowers sold outside the metro
It's now been over five months since my first trip to Paris. But this weekend, I got to go a second time - without even boarding a plane - with a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show where the theme this year was Springtime in Paris. The displays were so breathtakingly beautiful, they brought tears to my eyes! I was so happy to be there.

First, we bought our tickets ...
Then we hopped in the car and drove to Philadelphia, which is less than a half hour from where I live.
Even before you enter the Convention Center where the show is, one of the first things you will see are people leaving the building and out on the streets holding large tissue paper flowers - nearly a foot in circumference - on long wooden sticks. They hold the flowers up high like a parasol - and they're so bright and delightful, you must have one - the way you must have an ice cream cone after you pass by someone eating it on the boardwalk at the beach.

What is your favorite color or favorite flower? When you see it, you will want to take pictures of it. 
This was a very creative/innovative display - one in a series
Another silhouette in the series - a woman walking her poodle
In the boudoir
Can you recreate this for my next fête?
Very French inspired with their hats ...
And isn't the star on her check a nice touch?
Mod elegance
A peacock made of flowers - for the carousel
The Eiffel Tower in Philly!
Complete with antique lamps - and flower arrangements to die for!
An Eiffel Tower made of moss. You can do this, too.
Like Monet's Garden ...

What did I buy at the show? Well, I had to have one of those big paper flowers, of course. It was so bright outside when we left the building at about 4pm - the big flower "umbrella" shaded my eyes from the glaring sun. I also bought a little bunny rabbit figurine for my mom because she asked for it. And this bottle of 25-year aged balsamic vinegar (at $30 plus tax). Because Paris is about the food, too ...
The balsamic vinegar on our little Niçoise salad - a lovely way to end a delightful day!

I have more photos to share with you in another post. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.