I have my own little routine when I arrive in Paris after going there so often... after dropping my bags at my hotel (because after flying overnight it's usually too early to get into a room) I head to the Marais neighborhood of Paris, usually starting at Merci, the shop with the little red car that I like so much, and then walk throughout the area, popping in shops here and there. On my trip last week I skipped Merci, believe it or not, and just went straight to my favorite shop in Europe, COS. The COS in Le Marais is housed in this building on Rue de Rossiers in the heart of the old Jewish community.
Soon I was ready for a little morning snack so I stopped in a cafe for coffee and pastry (and a mirror selfie.)
I browsed all through BHV, a large department store, kind of like our Macy's, and then crossed the Seine to the Île de la Cité where Notre Dame is. I'd seen this cafe on Instagram and wanted to see the wisteria for myself. They were doing a photo shoot with a girl in her dramatic gown there.
The wisteria is breath-taking! I love the purple tables and chairs with the blossoms.
Next to Notre Dame are the trees that I was hoping would still be in bloom with their cascades of pink flowers, but they were just about done - most of the petals were scattered on the ground.
The next day I used Uber to take my suitcases with all my class kits to Parc Floral in Vincennes where Version Scrap was taking place. The driver so kindly helped me with them and then took me on into Paris, where I planned to make my way through the St. Germain des Pres area, starting at the department store, Le Bon Marche. I told him I wanted to go to Le Bon Marche, but he only heard Bon Marche, which in my poor French accent thought I said Beaumarchais which is an avenue in a totally different part of Paris! Good thing I knew where I was and could tell him the correct destination instead of getting out at the wrong place! It reminded me that I need to show a driver where I want to go on my phone.
Le Bon Marche didn't have any spectacular displays like they did when I've been here before.
I took a photo of this advertisement for the store at the flea market... It has always been a grand department store!
I love the little park nearby...
Time for another stop at a cafe for lunch. I love sitting outside and watching the people pass by...
I had to take a photo of the toilette at the cafe. I think it is the smallest I ever saw... I could barely close the door!
It was up the smallest stairway too!
I needed to get back to Parc Floral to check on the set up for my classes, but when the Metro train stopped at the Louvre, I hopped off for a walk through the garden there a little bit... It was cold but the sunshine and blue skies were wonderful!
The next three days were spent inside teaching (you can read about that HERE, if you missed it) and then I had two more days in Paris before heading home. I'll be back with some photos from the flea market and the city soon! Thank you for following along - have a lovely day! xoxo