Yes, it was hot in Paris yesterday, a high of 93, but not too steamy to discover a few wonderful delights.
Before the temps soared, I was out doing some shopping which I have saved to the end of our trip: a new pair of walking shoes and a new shoulder purse. The very street where we live is dotted with exquisite small shops like the two I patronized yesterday. My new shoes are Ecco and came from Zone Nordique run by a Danish fellow who told me he had done a very successful business on rue St. Paul for over ten years. As boutique shops go in Paris, that is quite amazing.
The other shop is just down the street and is called Les Nguyen Paris, and the proprietor/designer is a lovely Vietnamese lady named Han. It’s a must-see if you’re looking for hand-tailored fashions using exquisite Liberty Arts Fabric from Regent Street in London. The pictures tell a little of the personality of the shop, but a personal encounter with Han is definitely called for to get the full ambiance.
In the late afternoon, we met Jim and Peggy Bilbro for a rendezvous at the gorgeous newly opened Russian Orthodox Church here in Paris called the Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité. The structure along Quai Branly opened in March amid years of controversy politically and financially. It is nicknamed “Saint Vladimir’s” for obvious reasons and has five gilded domes which dot the landscape around the Eiffel Tower. It is 4800 square feet and houses a parish center, auditorium, book store, exhibit hall, offices and apartments, a cultural center, and a French-Russian primary school for 150 children. What we would call the sanctuary was the main viewing area, and it was ornate beyond words.
We also visited the exhibit hall filled with paintings from a Russian artist whose long, complicated name now has left me. His work was in watercolor, and Paris scenes were his subject.
To end our very nice day, we had dinner at a new spot called Le Basilic very near Musée Rodin. The food was delicious, but we were roasting from the still hot temps of 87 degrees!!
Today is supposed to be a few degrees cooler. Let’s hope so!
L & B