Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paris Divertissement

Three quick days in Paris. I am usually the big planner, but on this trip we threw out the plans and just strolled around old and new haunts. My autopilot often directs me back to the Left Bank, but we took more detours than usual. We let the wonders happen.

This looks like a staged shot for French Vogue. Marla is her usual ravishing self!

I look like a window merchandiser for this boutique.

Paris was packed with locals and tourists alike. There is nothing like an ice cream at Berthillon on the rue Saint-Louis. The long crowds were amazing.

The Fountaine Saint Michel was built in 1855. Place Saint Michel is a vibrant area between the 6th & the 5th arrondissement.

Many years ago I took my mother for dinner at the Café de la Tourelle. It was great to find it again by a chance walk near the Place Saint Michel.

The 6th is one of the oldest areas of Paris. I love this old curving lane.

The flowers are lovely at this florist near the rue de Buci market.

We were starved after all the walking! I had a very creative salad and a beer at a bistro on the rue Jacob.

We purchased our first vintage poster, at the Librairie Elbe’ many years ago. We sold posters in our Wesco Fabrics’ showroom at the Denver Design Center. If you purchased posters from us in the past, you will be pleased to hear how expensive they have become!

Very cool Armani Casa. The Boulevard Saint Germain continues to excite with many new stores and boutiques. Ralph Lauren just opened an amazing new Left bank store and restaurant.

The ever stylish Sonia Rykiel.

Jean Paul Gaultier goes futon on us at the Roche Bobois store.

The classic restaurant, Bouillon Camille Chartier, has been restored to it’s 1906 Art Nouveau grandeur.

There are very few of the wonderfully old truly Parisian restaurants left. Cremerie Restaurant Polidor’s interiors have remained unchanged for over 100 years!

Tourists cool their feet from all the walking.

Don’t want to walk? Try the many “Velib” rentals around the city.

It’s time to find a vacant table for a snack and libation and do what the Parisian’s love doing,…people watching!

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for sharing these photos from your trip. It makes me very nostalgic!

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