We Forgot Our Coats and Gloves!
Bonjour mes amis,
Paris always surprises us and this year, it’s just downright cold! We met our friend Richard Nahem for a late-afternoon aperitif, and he came in wearing his winter ski cap with the salutation of, “This is ridiculous! I’m going home and turn on the heat.” We quite agree with him. The temps are the same as they were when we visited for my February birthday but with the addition of a cold rain.
Today is looking better, and we await that with eager hopefulness.
Sitting in our tiny apartment is not a lot of fun so we braved the cold, misty rain to walk around Le Marais. I suggested the Uni-Qlo store which is huge but found the styles of the year not to my liking.
The clothes have a very matronly, muted affect, and the long dresses which are everywhere consume me because I am so short. What do you think? Of course, Uni-Qlo has a unique style
Our next stop was to a favorite bookstore/gift shop called La Mouette on rue Pavée. We stopped for a warm refreshment at the petit cafe in the rear of the store and chatted with a couple from Iran who now live in Los Angeles. They lamented the state of their country.
This shop is known for its mystery table of books. The line says. “Select a book with your eyes closed.” What fun, and I have given these as gifts to friends who have visited. They are around ten euros and each wrapped up in disguise.
The shop has wonderful greeting cards, posters, wall hangings and place mats so typical of Paris.
As a Paris visitor, never be fooled by the exterior of the shops, especially those in Le Marais. What can look much like a dump from the outside can be a vast array of delightful treasures. Take time to step inside.
Bernie ran into Miss Manon, our most-visited patisserie, for a baguette. Couldn’t resist taking photos of the temptations along with a street bouquet.
Though this may look like a plain, brown door to you, it was our old apartment for a dozen years of joie de vivre. We still have the code, still open the door, and relive the memories, many with some of you!
Hopefully, today will produce an array of interesting photographs as we venture to an exhibit on French food at the Conciergerie. It gets high ratings.
L & B
May 13, 2023 @ 11:47 am
Linda, you and Bernie are making the best of a challenging weather period. Hopefully the weather pattern will shift. Back home it’s rainy, cloudy and about to be humid. Oh well, summer in the South🥵
Monica & Marlyn
May 13, 2023 @ 12:01 pm
I’m with you about the fashion– too baggy and unkempt looking. (It’s so funny that I care, since I live in jeans and baggy shirts.) Marlyn enjoyed the light fixtures. Fun artwork, especially the complex quilling. Stay warm! Have fun!
May 13, 2023 @ 12:46 pm
Great pics … Thanks Linda!
Stay warm…and dry!
May 13, 2023 @ 12:47 pm
I would really enjoy that shop. The curled paper cards are pretty enough to frame. Roses and thistles-👏🏻. Our Nick has graduated- off to Bama next month. Having an absolutely delightful time with the entire family. All together for Mothers Day tomorrow will be a first- truly blessed!
May 13, 2023 @ 1:09 pm
So enjoy seeing the daily Paris through your eyes.
May 13, 2023 @ 1:45 pm
Oh I hope it warms up in two weeks!! I am not into the fashion either…I feel like the frumpy and dorky 90’s are what’s in and I was glad that had left, ha! Can’t wait to snag some goodies at Miss Manon soon! I see the price of placemats has doubled- one of my fav things to buy bc they’re useful and easy to travel back with. For reference, how much were those cute cards? Here they would be $7-8 I assume. Your old door…love it. The “details of Paris” is a big part of what I love about being there!!
May 13, 2023 @ 2:06 pm
The cards are probably 10 or 12 euros! But they are gorgeous. We can go to that shop when you’re here. Today has been sunny and much warmer, probably 70. Still cool in the shade
May 13, 2023 @ 2:14 pm
Linda, I love the bookstore photos and descriptions. I believe I could spend the day there. It looks wonderful. Thank you! Stay warm and dry.
May 13, 2023 @ 5:25 pm
Yes, you could probably spend if not the entire day, at least one full afternoon there. So much to see and many books upstairs.
May 13, 2023 @ 4:52 pm
I agree with you about the clothes, Linda. They look drab and downright boring especially coming from Paris! You’ll probably find a cute stylish dress in a small boutique soon that fits your type and taste.
Sending you Happy Mother’s Day wishes and fingers crossed for improved weather. ….soon!
May 13, 2023 @ 5:24 pm
Today was glorious, sunny and almost 70! All of Paris was out and about. Happy Mother’s Day to you!1
May 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Rain or cold IT is still PARIS💓. Gallery Lafayette might be better for fashion! Still your photos do show the attention to detail and style evident in Paris if you take a moment to look! I remember a dear friend’s daughter pushing me around the Louvre in a wheelchair after an injury (they have them available and small lifts so it is possible) then you would be warm and dry while enjoying the collection of lifetimes 💖.
May 13, 2023 @ 7:58 pm
Delightful post, as always!
Linda, your style of writing is so perfect for the subject matter!
A daily treat for me.
Happy Mother’s Day to you!
May 14, 2023 @ 3:55 am
I always love the details of you wonderings. It makes me smile. We are home this week after about 3 weeks overseas and some of the desserts are bringing forward delicious memories. Hope it warms up!