Would it be a simple meal in an ordinary restaurant, an inexpensive bottle of champagne, 3 perfect mangoes, a big moleskin sketchbook, a favorite cd or movie? All of these would qualify.
For me it's a really impressive bouquet from the best flower guy in Nice . This gentleman brings his flowers from Italy and they are always "dead" fresh ( oxymoronic?) . I have been buying flowers from him for over 15 years ( even before I spoke much French) and he has always been the consummate professional and best buy for unusual and boutique quality flowers. I hate to go elsewhere if I can go to his stand on the Cours Saleya.
He is so popular now on a weekend that he always has an assistant . Here is the current assistant putting my flower choices together with a few leaves or extras thrown in for free. Sometimes the freebie is foliage or sometimes a handful of sweet peas.
The idea is that the bunches are priced pretty well to start with, but if you buy two , the price is often lower ...especially if you are buying from the owner himself.
And like a boutique, the bunch is wrapped in "crystal" paper and tied charmingly with raffia. Then the stems will be cut to your specifications and you will receive directions for changing the water ( very important in summer heat).
Here's my twenty euro flower fix ...(with one of the Boldini copies I did in the background ) The bronze we found by a local artist in Ile de Re and that's a French refectory table in case you were asking.
I don't get excited about ordinary flowers but these majestic white, violet (and one yellow) gladioli with blue larkspur are a heavenly thing and like most awe- inspiring heavenly things are tenuous and ephemoral.
I will have them for less than a week but I will bask.... Yes, I will bask for those few days in my twenty euro extravagance.