Bloomin' good idea
If you've never visited a florist in France you could be in for a suprise. For a start, there is often the most amazing display of creative arrangements on offer. Wicker baskets packed with ornamental cabbages, ancient flower pots dripping with moss and stuffed with pastel pink and green sempervivums.
On a recent visit to our shop in Lalinde we walked past this pretty shop on the main road into town.
Step inside and brush past the buckets of roses, grasses and michaelmas daisies and you'll very often find treasure trove. Florists tend to double as interior decorating and accessory shops. Cushions in ticking stripes and printed with French 'bon mots', chalkboards for the kitchen lists, tie-backs and candles, vases (of course), throws and rugs...we could go on.
A social life in France often revolves around meals shared at home with friends and if you are invited to eat that calls for a little gift. It isn't expected that you'll take wine and if you do a French host will often put it to one side and use the wine they have chosen themselves. Don't be offended - they'll have taken care to select wine to go with the meal they are serving.
Instead of buying booze whizz down to the florist and choose from flowers or all the tempting gift ideas on offer. Gift wrapping is invariably included. Sorted!
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