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  1. Ellyn Austin
    August 18, 2022 @ 5:58 am

    63 euros for a pedicure???? wow!! I live in NYC, and I have never had one near that price! Is there a reason it was so expensive, or is that the usual price in Paris?.

    You mention also that you are living in a different quartier now and you miss the old one….. I understand one gets attached to a certain area, but may I ask where you were and (obviously roughly ) where you are now????? Im curious!! . You seem to be in the Marais which is really centrally located. I lived in Paris for some 10 years, it is my favorite City! I went to University there and then came back to live.
    thanks
    Enjoy!

    EAA

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 6:33 am

      I had a gel pedicure which lasts at least a couple of months. I pay $60 in Huntsville, AL where we live so not a huge difference.

      We have been in the St. Paul area of Le Marias for 15 years. St. Antoine has everything at your fingertips: 4 grocery stores including a Monoprix, a dry cleaners, cheese shops, chocolate shops, a wonderful deli, fabulous shopping for ladies clothes, shoe shops, the beautiful St. Paul/St. Louis church where I went to pray on Sunday mornings, a million little cafés, 3 large pharmacies, 3 great fruit stands, multiple shops for getting your hair done…all without a few steps of our apartment door. We do miss it! Now we’re just a block down from La Place de la Republique on rue du Temple. Not my favorite area but I’m trying.

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 6:35 am

      And I forgot to mention at least 4 good boulongeries and patisseries! Most important for baguettes and croissants.

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  2. EAA
    August 18, 2022 @ 8:43 am

    Hi Linda

    Too early here to really delve into both locations, but I do know roughly where each one is, of course.. Paris, like NYC, usually has everything within a few blocks! I wonder if it is just getting used to a new area. Change is always difficult, jarring,,, and fave places are of course fave places! And fave places, known places, are where one tends to go back it. I live in the same area of NYC I grew up in, so I understand that! But im okay, I do go all around the City! Especially for food! ( ha!) And I explore the outer boroughs, especially for food, interesting sights, cultural reasons etc…

    I must confess have never had a gel manicure, much less a pedicure. But if they are $60 and more! wow, I guess I wont!! . I try to take the time to have a pedicure at least one a month, I like the pampering. And getting rid of (Shhhhh!) the calluses which build up from walking here. but at 10-15 dollars here for a pedicure ( we have much competition so prices are lower I guess )once or twice a month is very doable. Im now curious to see if anyone offers a gel pedicure here, Ive never heard of it before!.. I also buy a Japanese product which I discovered a few years ago, called Happy Feet. I do that at home once a month to pamper my feet. So in the end I probably spend as much, just spread out.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope you stay till Sept when Berthillon reopens. Caramel au buerre salé is the best!

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am

      Yes, we will be in Paris until September 24. Berthillon is all over the place but most especially on Ile St. Louis.

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  3. EAA
    August 18, 2022 @ 10:31 am

    When I lived in Paris, Berthillon on the Ile Saint-Louis closed for all of August.. they were part of Les Aoûtiens. Amazing o me that an ice cream store which should have made the largest part of sales during the summer, actually closed for August!! I am not on PRIs during August any more, but I understand they are still closed till the rentrée! There was always some thing so magical to get a melangé there and sit along the Seine. Even now when I have the money to get one more frequently than once a month , it is still magical! But then it brings backs memories of days long gone by!

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 12:37 pm

      Sounds as though you love Paris as much as we do. FYI, a gel pedicure uses a special gel polish that is expensive and is hardened by an ultra-violet light. That’s why it lasts so much longer.

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  4. Monica & Marlyn
    August 18, 2022 @ 11:01 am

    What a joy to find surprise artwork! And the Japanese place sounds wonderful. Isn’t it fun how you can keep finding new things, after all these years?

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 12:40 pm

      Yes, the Delacroix was a real treat!

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  5. Cindi Ludwig
    August 18, 2022 @ 11:14 am

    I am enjoying your new discoveries and seeing your time with the Bilbao’s.

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 12:40 pm

      Merci, are you guys in town for a while?

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  6. Chris Parton
    August 18, 2022 @ 11:53 am

    Looks like a delightful day!

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    • lspalla
      August 18, 2022 @ 12:39 pm

      Getting back into the 80’s today. I so hope it stays some cooler. I haven’t dealt with the heat very well this time. Tell Avery I found her birthday gifts!!

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  7. Betsy Cobb
    August 18, 2022 @ 2:20 pm

    “Wandering” is such a wonderful way to be able to spend a day!!! that is such a benefit of they way you are able to travel and live in Paris!! Thx for sharing it all.

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  8. Bonnie
    August 18, 2022 @ 10:04 pm

    Happy your life has slowed down a bit. I know the street you are staying on. It has a lot of wholesale businesses on it. We stayed in the Jules and Jim hotel in June and walked rue de Temple frequently. The hotel is a wonderful find if any friends need a place to stay near to you. Also the restaurant Terra on Rue Gravilliers is a gem. I’m enjoying all your reportage on Paris as it is my favorite city in Europe.

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 6:28 am

      Thanks for the recommendations.

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    • lspalla
      August 19, 2022 @ 8:27 am

      Bonnie, after checking this I see that you are referencing rue de Temple. We are on Boulevard du Temple which is a totally different area!

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  9. Bonnie
    August 19, 2022 @ 1:02 pm

    Linda,
    Ah yes, Blvd de Temple is farther east. That area is more a mixed bag, as you have said. And yes, a little farther west it is more interesting with more to see and do.

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