Paris is loved for many things but November weather is not usually included. This November however has provided one glorious day after another. This Sunday in Paris I walked about the markets without a jacket or sweater on. Adventure and irony. Even the fish dress up!
Paris continues to offer up the unexpected, the bizarre and the beautiful. Even the grey days are glamorous.
Saturday we stopped by the newest Hermes store which is housed in an old swimming pool. You enter into a long narrow space with a gallery display on one side and a flower shop on the other. Every plant and stem is carefully chosen, arranged and stunning. As is everything in the place. The makers at Hermes are master craftspeople; every piece provides an example of the best skill. The flowers were the only thing that might fit into my financial plan but they are hard to stuff into a suitcase.
The precise entry draws you into a massive opening where the undulating stair rails draw you to descend into a sculptural womb-like wooden fantasy where goods are displayed as if in a museum. Clothing, home furnishings and saddlery all share this vast gorgeous space.
I'm always curious to see who is sitting (or napping) in the lounge at the top of the first floor escalator at the Bon Marche. This elderly gentleman, dressed in his Sunday best, came prepared for his shopping respite.
Just in case you need an idea for a new holiday decoration, consider fake fur Christmas trees. If these are too subtle there are so many possible choices of color and texture available in faux fur these days...
Marcy and Martine in the subway at Arts et Metiers. It was a great pleasure to turn the corner and emerge into this gleaming subway waiting area - like being inside a big copper machine.
At Pere Lachaise the marvelous sepulchres, gravestones and tight layout reminisce the city that surround it. A beautiful spot to meander on a Sunday afternoon.
After all that death we attended Olivier Giraud's amuse a minute one-man show 'How to Become a Parisian in One Hour'. Nothing like lots of laughter to bring things back to life.
Started wandering today through the Palais Royale where the perfect Paris day shone full on all the visitors to that magical park.
Visited Heaven in Paris, a store where owner-designer-pattern-maker-stitcher, the obviously very multi-talented Lea-Anne Wallis, presides. Lea-Anne is a transplanted Brit whose impeccable sewing skills are enhanced with a great sense of style, texture and color. She has a cool dog named Frisbee too! The delicate and sophisticated jewelry that compliments her beautiful clothing is made by her husband. Shhh, I found a darling necklace (requested by my granddaughter Charlotte) that is perfect!
Meandered the Marais in the afternoon and watched the sunset tint the clouds
cotton candy pink and the evening sky turn lavender. Perfect weather
in Paris where it's predicted to rain for the next few days, so I really
enjoyed every minute of wandering dry streets sans tangling umbrellas
with the masses - that was last night.
Happy to be in my jammies now ready to climb into bed. Tomorrow is another day of adventure...