What is Paris but Eating and Shopping!!
Ah, the rains came and cooler temps have blessed us! Even walking in the rain (which I usually hate) felt wonderful yesterday! That’s not to say that temps will not soar again but at least a few days respite will be appreciated. The dirt and dust have been washed away and breathing is much easier. Paris is truly wonderful UNTIL the weather turns hot as hell and then it’s treacherous. I understand that those of you in Alabama have faced “la meme chose” or the same thing!
Our first stop yesterday was to Le Bon Marché, the large department store on the Left Bank. Laurie needed to exchange a pair of Chanel slacks which she had bought on-line during the pandemic. As usual, it was a bit complicated! They first told her that the exchange would be an extra 20 euros but that was an error. It turned out to be an additional 200 euros! As always, she was gracious. The guys entertained themselves.
We took a quick look at Le Grand Epicerie or food store there and caught these gorgeous floral arrangement. Many of you like my neighbor, Melanie, have asked for more flowers!
Next stop was the Musée Guimet which was new to us. It focuses on ancient art from the Asian world. Yesterday’s exposition was one that Laurie really wanted to see as they have travelled extensively in Japan. This small but delightful exposition focused on female ceramicists. The first photo is an interesting explanation.
Bernie was fascinated by more of the museum which focused on items from Cambodia.
Next we sped off to the new Dior store on Avenue Montaigne and lunch at the very delightful restaurant inside called Monsieur Dior. The store is beautiful, the food was slight but with a great presentation.
Pierre and Laurie visited our new apartment in the afternoon so the guys could have a Ricard, an anise drink they both love.
For dinner, we joined them at their hotel which has an exclusive restaurant. They worked hard to get a reservation which they finally did. Pierre chose a special chef’s menu which was totally a surprise, all 6 or 7 courses! It was so much fun and you would be right…very expensive. Many thanks to them for this gastronomic experience.
So if you’re tired, so were we! Tomorrow is their last day and once again, it’s primarily about eating!!!
L & B
Monica & Marlyn
July 21, 2022 @ 10:57 am
So many beautiful and delightful things you shared today: Dior (timeless); Japanese women’s ceramics; houndstooth chairs; food as art; beautiful china and glassware. A feast for our eyes. Thank you!
July 21, 2022 @ 11:32 am
I can’t help but chuckle at the dishes. Their chicken entree certainly the antithesis of southern chicken entrees. C’est la vie en Paree!!! Loved the chair varieties at lunch, especially the houndstooth. Did I see one table was stools?? What a gastronomical day!!
July 21, 2022 @ 12:03 pm
Love the black and white chairs and the blue toile on the chairs and the giraffes! So pretty!
Thanks you for all the beautiful flower pictures. They are lovely!
July 21, 2022 @ 12:20 pm
Thanks for posting all the flower pictures. They are lovely!
Lots of nice museum pieces. I like all the ceramics.
The blue toile caught my eye on the chairs and on the giraffes! Beautiful!
July 21, 2022 @ 12:35 pm
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Thank you for all the lovely flower pictures.
This was a nice exhibit and I especially loved the ceramics. These old pieces are beautiful.
Another thing that caught my eye was the blue toile on the chairs and even on the giraffes in the display.
We are still having high temps here.
July 21, 2022 @ 12:52 pm
I am enjoying your photos of new and different museums, stores and restaurants. The food photos are exquisite! The serving sizes allow a chance to taste a small amount of many items. That and walking everywhere keeps everyone fit and trim. You provided such a variety today I truly enjoyed it all!
July 21, 2022 @ 5:17 pm
I greatly enjoyed your gastronomic photos! That is our kind of meal, small and exquisite! Loved the ceramicist photos also and the flowers! You outdid yourself today! Looking forward to seeing your new apartment.
Stephen O Shipley
July 21, 2022 @ 7:59 pm
Don’t Pierre and Laurie look just great? It looks like Bernie and Pierre were texting each other as a way to communicate. 🙂
I scroll past the pictures of flowers, food, chairs, dresses, and plates, especially plates of food, but I do like seeing you and Bernie and Pierre and Laurie. You guys look terrific! I’m glad you are finding a way to beat the heat. You can always spring for a cheap hotel room……like in Abesses! for a day to beat the heat. I hereby offer $100 toward an air-conditioned hotel room when needed. Oh, by the way, the TENS machine is a godsend for my achy bionic knee. I figure I’ll just buy it off you and keep it. Or get you a new one, your choice.
A plus tard sos
July 22, 2022 @ 1:59 pm
Ha, probably no texting going on as neither is that proficient with their phones! Thanks for the offer towards a cheap hotel room but we’ll survive and hopefully it will cool off. I’m SO GLAD the machine is helping you. Just keep it as I have never used it, even once. I thought I would need it with my back but didn’t. It’s just been sitting on a bedside table in my bedroom for over a year! And I know you don’t like all the photos, but just remember that others on the blog love them!!!
July 22, 2022 @ 4:29 am
The floral arrangements from that flower store were beautiful- I would have been tempted to buy each!! What did you think of Dior? Did it meet or exceed your expectations? How so regardless? The purses were fun and colorful- any idea on cost? Is the store completely new or renovated? Loved the floors! As for dinner…cherry pie was bigger than the invisible “main course” – that’s my kind of eating LOL!!
July 22, 2022 @ 1:49 pm
The Dior store was a renovation. It’s been at that location for may years. The flowers were actually inside Le Bob Marche in their huge food store. Laurie had never been there.
July 22, 2022 @ 3:08 pm
Photos are lovely.
And here I sit eating a bowl of Cheerios. 😁
Lifestyles of the rich & famous…
Thank you for sharing. 👍🏻