10 Aug Postcard From Paris
Sadly we are now leaving Paris, our last stop before going home.
Following my daughter Isabel’s university graduation in London, we went off for a week together in Paris for a little pleasure mixed with a bit of business. Paris is always a treat – I love the atmosphere. It’s always refreshing to be in a western city that isn’t overrun with Starbucks and McDonalds. The Parisians have a style all their own, and they are not about to relinquish it.
Paris is another place I called home for three years – quite a while ago, I may add; my daughter, who is now 20, was just a toddler then – but Paris seems much the same. Many of my favourite haunts are still there and thriving.
We lost no time, meandering around the left bank, visiting the new Hermès headquarters store on rue de Sevres, right near one of my favourite department stores in the world, Le Bon Marché. Despite the fantastic departments they have in almost everything, my favourite is their “grocery” store – really a cathedral in honour of food. This is where I shopped often when I lived in Paris. Yes, it was expensive, but it had one special advantage: they would deliver everything for free right to your door. In a city of apartments, this was a benefit worth paying for! And you would often see some very interesting personalities there. I once saw Catherine Deneuve doing her shopping, looking very much like your typical Parisian housewife.
We wandered around the Rue du Bac, stopping in at my favourite Galerie Maeght, and then around the corner to take in the antiques on Rue Jacob, Rue de l’Université and the rest of the neighbourhood south of the Rue de Grenelle. Another day, we went further east in the Sixth arr. over to the area around the Rue de Seine and the beautiful little galleries and antique shops in this neighbourhood.
But we didn’t stay exclusively on the left bank; we took in the beautiful Palais Royale, the Marais and the Rue des Rosiers, the old Jewish quarter (though sadly, much of this has changed), Île de la Cité, down the Rue St Honoré to have a look at Colette – more a tourist attraction then a shop these days – and walked and walked.
In upcoming blogs we will share some of the special places we visited in more detail, such as the beautiful Musee de Nissim Camondo, the Marche des Puces, a few of our favourite places to eat, the great little hotel we stayed in and more.