The petit palais in St Germain en Laye I was lucky enough to stay in.
Aren't those shutters to die for?
The Saturday market in St Germain en Laye.
On this recent to Paris I did almost no touristy things, just hung out with my oldest friend Jennifer who lives there with her French husband and three daughters.
They live at St Germain en Laye, a lovely outer suburb with lovely tree-lined streets and stunning houses. They live in one wing of a small palais with shutters painted the most gorgeous shade of blue.
My friend's house is on the edge of the forest from where we walked to the former royal palace where you can look out across the Seine to the centre of Paris.
There is a wonderful, quite traditional market every weekend in the town square where I bought a lovely linen tablecloth and marveled at the fresh frommage and peonies.