Touring with Us in Place de la Madeleine
It’s a beautiful day in Paris on this first Friday in July with moderate temps which regrettably are set to rise again for Le Weekend.
Yesterday was the best day ever when my suitcase was delivered about 12:30. There was celebration in the streets as Patrick, the proprietor of Le Petit St. Paul and a friend, ran out of his cafe singing “Hallelujah.” It was a hoot. We had everyone looking for my bag and ready to accept it if we weren’t there at the exact moment.
Life is back to normal, laundry is all done, and we have a newly cleaned apartment. Today, we decided to try a new cafe in an area we love, Place de la Madeleine, site of a beautiful Neo-classical style church designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon‘s army. It looks more like a Roman temple than the Catholic Church it is today. It sits majestically much like an old Southern court house in the center with a beehive of activity all around. This area is home to many expensive designer shops and upscale cafés and a place where we could never afford an apartment.
Our first stop was Cafe Pouchkine, a Russian cafe with multiple locations and bakeries throughout the city. From the waiters’ attire, the interior decor, down to the food presentation, it reeks of majestic Russia during the time of the czars.
Join us as we walk around the square or Place where all manner of interesting things abound.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Place de la Madeleine is reached off Metro Line 1 at the Concorde Exit to Rue Royale. It’s a huge stop and plenty of other lines feed into it.
Tomorrow we have a new museum to visit along with a new restaurant for lunch so more fun to share.
Have a lovely evening,
L & B
July 6, 2018 @ 5:25 pm
Merci Linda loved the photos and blog so glad your luggage found its way home !!!!
July 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Correction….that’s a Bernese Mountain Dog 🙂
July 6, 2018 @ 6:55 pm
Glad you’re reading the blog, son! Butch Damson beat you to it.
July 6, 2018 @ 5:51 pm
Bermmese Mountain Dog (can’t spell it, but Deke has one)
July 6, 2018 @ 6:54 pm
So not a St. Bernard! Sorry.
July 6, 2018 @ 6:34 pm
So glad your luggage arrived!
I am enjoying your reports, as we visited in May. I post many pictures of food, bathrooms,shoes etc. I have a report on Fodors under surprise trip, as my husband totally surprised me by having purchased airline tickets and booked an apartment before telling me. I love surprises like that!
July 6, 2018 @ 6:38 pm
All is well with the world again! I’m truly happy to hear that. Your new lunch spot looks exquisite. I hope it’s in my future. The shoes were works of art. A lovely collection of photos today.
July 6, 2018 @ 7:39 pm
I love the art work, it is so different. “This is what you look like after a day in the office” briefcase in hand. I looked him up and he never does a whole person, interesting and always some kind of case, even on the beach. Thanks Linda
July 6, 2018 @ 8:11 pm
There is a lot of his work around Paris. It’s amazing.
July 6, 2018 @ 10:03 pm
Fab photo by the red sportscar! You guys look like teenagers 🙂
Always such fun to read about your day. Bon weekend à Paris L&B.
July 7, 2018 @ 4:25 am
The red Tesla is about the same color as Bernie’s Corvette which the sales clerk (who was female and cut as a bug) had never heard of. She wanted Bernie to test drive but he passed. The traffic is horrible and can’t imagine wrecking a 80K automobile!
July 7, 2018 @ 3:11 am
Interested in the Catalano sculptures too and especially neat since you can enjoy them but they don’t block the view. The structural support must be figured out so well as they look like they would fall over.
I enjoyed everyone dancing in the street about the return of your luggage!
How do you resist buying up Paris is what I want to know, and tasting everything! Of course, except for those 80k Ha! cars and other highly priced items.
July 7, 2018 @ 4:22 am
Lin, it’s so expensive to get over here and to stay for two months, we have no extra money!
By the way, are you in Huntsville?
July 7, 2018 @ 5:58 pm
Glad for the luggage! Place de la Madeleine is one of our favorite hangouts! We were anxious to try the new Pouchkine this year. Alas! It will have to wait till next year. I drooled over your Croque Madame. Loved the photo of the slippers with popcorn looking decoration, with mirrored legs and feet underneath it. Also loves the statues scattered around. What fun! Thanks for our visit for this year.
July 7, 2018 @ 6:05 pm
Peggy, we’re so going to miss you guys! But next year will bring new adventures. It’s hot as hell right now so best not to be here. Not a drop of rain since we arrived and my sinuses are feeling the pollution. It’s been 3 weeks. We have 2 sets of company arriving next week so will be fun, busy times. Love you, my friend!
Lynne Berry Vallely
July 7, 2018 @ 7:03 pm
Next year your theme should be ladies’ shoes! Love the Cafe Pouchkin – are they saying Pushkin?
July 8, 2018 @ 6:12 am
Not Pushkin but like Pooshkin. I’ve thought about doing ladies shoes but other than store windows, they’re just too hard to get. People are easily offended here if you take their photo so you have to be very discreet. You see great shoes on the street, but can’t get them as people are walking so fast and the streets are jammed. Also thought about scarves but it’s so darn hot right now, no one is wearing one. Gone are days when June and July were so cool and pleasant. Even the bartender said last night, “Global warming!”
July 8, 2018 @ 10:20 pm
Wow! That was quite a tour! I am so glad that you got your bag!
July 8, 2018 @ 10:24 pm
What a tour! Thanks again for all the photos & info! So glad you got your bag!