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  1. Peggy Bilbro
    July 31, 2021 @ 8:34 am

    We had a lovely day with you and Bernie! Samaritaine was highly anticipated, enjoyable, but we still prefer Galeries Lafayette for pure architectural beauty. Thanks for introducing us to the delightful little restaurant for lunch and the glass of rosé to help my recovery from a lot of walking!


  2. Cindi
    July 31, 2021 @ 11:43 am

    Paris is always better while sharing with friends! How nice you’re all together again. Loved the concept of Samaritaine! Thanks for sharing the photos.


  3. Monica & Marlyn
    July 31, 2021 @ 12:28 pm

    So glad you have good friends to spend time with. Have fun at the flea market! (Please, please, please may those shiny purple shoes not become the fashion!)


  4. Beth Thames
    July 31, 2021 @ 1:49 pm

    So glad you connected with the traveling Bilbros! Beautiful photos today. Thanks !


  5. Dorcas Harris
    July 31, 2021 @ 1:54 pm

    Linda – this summer your photos and commentary have been extraordinary – so full of rich history and gems of new information about Paris! The fascination never ends. I especially love the story of the Samaritaine – a mélange of excessive luxury and consumerism combined with an impressive and creative social benefit. Who knew Louis Vuitton would be connected to such a worthy project?

    Enjoy your time with Peggy and Jim – and thank you for giving me something to look forward to almost every morning!

    Gratefully, Dorcas


    • lspalla
      July 31, 2021 @ 2:29 pm

      Merci, Dorcas. The “social benefit” to La Samaritaine is controversial among the locals we know, just as La Plages is.


  6. Katie McCool
    July 31, 2021 @ 3:14 pm

    I remember the old Samaritane had a wonderful rooftop viewing area and a cafe. Is the rooftop still open?
    Thanks again for my morning stroll in Paris!


    • lspalla
      July 31, 2021 @ 3:56 pm

      I don’t think the roof opens up.


  7. Christine
    July 31, 2021 @ 10:34 pm

    I will miss the old Samaritaine. After visiting on my first trip in 1991, it was always a stop I made on each visit until it closed. On my first trip when I was 25, my friend and I strolled through the store, admiring the staircases and managed to find the lift to the top floor and outdoor patio restaurant. Up one more tiny flight, we climbed a tight spiral staircase, and we laughed at the English translated sign painted on the wall, warning us not to hit our heads on the above steps…”Let Down Your Head!” LOL. When we emerged, we were presented with a wonderful view of Paris. Our first areal view. And this areal view INCLUDED the Eiffel Tower!

    Each time I would visit with a new person, I took them to this store and up the spiral stairs (they removed the head warning sign sometime in the early 2000’s). They were always impressed with the beautiful and FREE view. Ah, memories.


    • lspalla
      August 1, 2021 @ 5:02 am

      What a great story! Thanks for sharing. Does the new look remind you of the old store? If there’s a way to the top, we missed it, but we’ll go back and make sure! Being right on the river would provide an awesome view!


  8. Christine Leigh
    August 1, 2021 @ 4:10 pm

    Architecturally it looks similar. All the stairs and railings that is. The blue paint is new. Very pretty but I remember it more brown, brass and gold. The layout and clothing (and probably price point) that you show in your pics remind me now more of Le Bon Marché. Nice to look at but c’est trop cher. LOL. Back when I used to shop there, things were very reasonable. More BHV pricing or even less.


    • lspalla
      August 1, 2021 @ 8:21 pm

      BHV is no more…just as expensive now as Galeries Lafayette! I miss the store we used to know years ago. Something for everyone and great sales.


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