Cool and Rainy in Paris
We’ve been to Paris over the years three times in May and this is the coolest. Yesterday’s morning temp was 54 degrees. Today is supposed to be even cooler with rain all day… ugh! Wardrobe is a challenge! I prepared for cool, but then I had to prepare for extremely hot days in June. It’s always a guessing game. However, fashion is at the bottom of my list right now, given my foot.
Yesterday, we had one of our slow, easy mornings which I adore and left out about 11:30. In my book, “Bernie’s Paris” (available on Amazon), I recommend a couple of activities for rainy days…two being museums and shopping. We choose shopping or really for us, just looking. We rarely partake because everything is so very expensive.
Les Galeries Lafayette has a fabulous gourmet food store in a separate building which offers food from around the world with multiple restaurants throughout. The nicest ones are on the second floor. We ate Italian! Then we browsed for over an hour.
In tribute to my one and only granddaughter, Avery, who recommended mirrors as my photo theme, here are some spectacular examples from the home store on the third floor.
The patisserie displays are delightful, especially this one of the eclairs.
And instead of an ice chest, how about a Polar Box?
This clock was mesmerizing. I have never seen anything like it. Would love to understand how it works and how you set it for the first time!
The main store as well as the food store were jammed! It was busy like July with long queues at the designer purse stores. Here’s a few examples of their fabulous store displays.
There is a relatively new eatery on the shoe floor called EL&N. We stopped for a coffee and recommend it, though the service was terrible. C’est Paris.
In search of les toilets, we went to the top floor and caught a break in the rain outside from the rooftop. I remember with fondness the first time I ever saw this view. It never gets old.
We ate only an apple with p-nut better and some walnuts for dinner and then were out for an evening stroll and people-watching. These last two photos capture le joie de vivre.
We are still enjoying your comments. It’s hard to respond to everyone, but we read them every day!
L & B
May 9, 2023 @ 8:46 am
Love your granddaughter’s mirrors! Clever suggestion!
May 9, 2023 @ 9:57 am
I have never seen a clock like that! Thank you for the photo and the display photos. They are always so creative with the merchandise displays. I love Avery’s idea of mirrors as a theme and think you could put that one in your back pocket.
May 9, 2023 @ 11:05 am
Love the very unusual clock, thanks for sharing. Hats off to your energy and planning that makes even a rainy day outing an enjoyable one. 😊
May 9, 2023 @ 11:28 am
Avery had a great idea! The pictures of mirrors as well as the store displays are always fun to look at. I loved our time in that establishment. There’s nothing like it back home.
Monica & Marlyn
May 9, 2023 @ 11:51 am
Avery’s suggestion was a great one: maybe next year! The fashion looks blousy and loose this year. Is that an overall trend or just in that display? Thanks for your kind remarks about Marlyn’s good news. I told him that he’s being celebrated around the world!
May 9, 2023 @ 12:44 pm
I love looking at the home decor section and all the displays – so much imagination. Buying something is truly secondary to lèche-vitrine (window shopping). Rain – ugh I know people say that Paris is wonderful in the rain. But I have never found it so. Hope the skies clear and you can be out on the terraces of the cafes.
If you are looking for a museum to go to that won’t be overwhelming for your foot – try the Musée Maillot. There is a retrospective of the photographer Elliot Erwitt. I know you’ll recognize his work when you see it.
May 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
stay warm and dry!
May 9, 2023 @ 1:05 pm
Very good idea, Avery. Grandmother may have her theme for next year.
May 9, 2023 @ 1:27 pm
Mirrors is a great theme idea!!!
May 9, 2023 @ 2:02 pm
Great and interesting photos. Rainy here too! Not sure how Bernie could pass up the Eclairs!
May 9, 2023 @ 2:49 pm
The Galeries Lafayette home store is one of our favorite browsing places, and we have even bought a few things there. You made a good choice for a rainy day!
May 9, 2023 @ 2:59 pm
Please pass along that the mirror idea is a very good idea. Also compliment the photographer for this trip-nice colors. Thank you.
May 9, 2023 @ 7:26 pm
The mirrors are indeed unique and fun! Love the bag on the lightbulbs! Very clever.
May 9, 2023 @ 9:30 pm
Shopping without buying used to be called “window-shopping.” I did a fair amount of it when I lived in NYC as a penurious student. I love the French love-hate relationship with the English language…
May 10, 2023 @ 2:55 am
Kudos to your granddaughter for the idea of the mirrors! Love!
Displays in the store are truly stunning, as are the pastries! 🤓