Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Paris In July: Shop 'til You Drop

Everyone has their favorite Parisian shopping spots. My day would start here. This is Victor Boulangerie on Rue Rambuteau, but it could be anywhere!
I'd have to stop at a bookstore -- any bookstore is fine, but Shakespeare and Company remains a favorite.
There was nothing about this shop I didn't simply love!
And you never can tell if you'll find something interesting or fun at the bouquinistes.
I'm not sure Parisian stores have much in my size, but I certainly loved the windows at Primtemps.
They have a knack for making simply everything look very beautiful -- and very different.
At Gallerie Lafayette, I think I loved the store itself better than the merchandise.
Especially the Tiffany ceiling!
A perfect day would include a walk down the Champs Elysses. Or maybe I'd pick up one of these little smart cars to drive around Paris!
As long as I was there I'd stop in the Swarovski store.
Aren't these steps terrific? Talk about a stairway to Paradise!
If I wanted to hear a little music, I would bring Rick to Rue du Rome where the music stores for serious musicians are in abundance.
He would pick the best store...
...and then go in and play music with the owner as he determines whether or not a guitar from Paris is in his future. (It wasn't.)
I might find a flea market and a special treasure!
They seem to simply pop up all over Paris!
Flowers! One must have flowers!
And of course I'd need a little snack -- maybe something creamy.
Or elegant, like Lauderee.
Or healthy.
Or maybe not!
I couldn't spend time in Paris without going to BHV.
And for whatever reason (not being a carpenter) I can't resist the downstairs with lumber and light switches and all sorts of home building things.
And whether I was shopping for real...
Or window shopping...
I know I would have a fine time, an empty wallet and very sore feet!
This post is part of Paris In July, a blog party hosted by Tamara at Thyme for Tea and Karen at Bookbath.
Please visit their sites for more links of Paris In July participants.


Virginia said...

Thanks for the trip around Paris. I loved every minute!

Luna und Luzie said...

Ma chère Jeanie,

"Merci beaucoup" for the beautiful photos from Paris. I enjoyed much to see Paris with your eyes!

À bientôt

Mae Travels said...

Nice photos. I didn't do anything I consider shopping, though I did walk through several outdoor markets without considering any actual purchases.

Leann said...

Is there room for me in your suitcase??????????????

A french flea? The place to be!!!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Jeanie,
Talk about a feast for the mind and soul... Thank you so much for the wonderful tour around Paris!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Jeanie,
Talk about a feast for the mind and soul... Thank you so much for the wonderful tour around Paris!

Shelia Williamson said...

Oh, I did enjoy my trip walking down the streets of Paris. But my book is in French and I can't read it! :)
Thanks for popping in to see our new Diva. You can snap for me anytime! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun! There are SO many great places to shop in Paris! My favorite place on my last trip was the food market in the Bastille. I am planning to check out a different market on this trip, I think... We'll see. I have not been to Galleries Lafayette, so will be checking that out as well - it will be decorated for CHristmas I think so will look very grand I imagine!!

Retired English Teacher said...

I want to go to Paris with you! In the meantime, I will be satisfied with seeing Paris through your eyes.

vicki (skiourophile) said...

Gorgeous! I too adore the basement of BHV - I always leave with something; the little 'warning' signs in French about cats are particularly cute - 'Chat Lunatique', for instance!

Joanne Huffman said...

Oh my goodness! Now I want to go shopping in Paris!

shoreacres said...

I'll take the Tiffany ceiling, if you please. Can you have that shipped? Oh, and the box of buttons. But I can tuck those into my bag. ;)

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!

I need orange said...

I am ready to go back to Paris! Thanks for the temptations! :-)

Marilyn said...

I would love shopping with you in Paris. Oh would I love it. So much to see and do. Haven't seen the Tiffany ceiling or sparkly steps. How I would love seeing them.

Tracy said...

Oooo... All of those places would be on my shopping list too! We've got too taste! ;o) Would just LOVE to got to Paris just to go shopping... maybe I should... LOL! *SWOON* Just so much enjoying your July Paris posts, Jeanie. Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

paris parfait said...

Hmmm - we are in the process of stripping the carpet and refinishing the stairs. I quite like the idea of a stairwell studded with crystals. :) Lovely reminders of your visit and a sweet ode to Paris!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I've been to France many time but unfortunately never to Paris (crazy, I know). I think I would enjoy following you around :-)
Thanks for the tour, jj

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much Jeanie for your kind words about my painting.. I just love Willows blog, it is always such an inspiration.

~*~Patty S said...

what an absolute delight Jeanie...
thank you for taking us along on such a special walkabout ♥
Totally enchanting!

Janet said...

You do the best themed stories! I feel as if I've been shopping in Paris right along with you. I'm not sure if I'd ever get past the book stores though!

Annie said...

Merci! Merci! for sharing your Paris adventures today. I love reading them when they pop up. They are like surprise flea markets. There one moment and gone the next only to return again.

Introverted Art said...

I love macaroons. One day I want to make my own :D

Alexa said...

This is fantastique, Jeanie! I feel like I've just spent the day in Paris with you, stopping by some of my fave places (BHV, Ladurée, Shakespeare & Co.). Your love for the city is evident in every inch of this post! (And thanks for your kind comments on Paris Encore—much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Jeannie,
this post was pure pleasure!
Thank you so much for sharing all the Parisian beauties!

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Louise said...

What a fabulous post. Shopping in Paris is amazing of course. I just discovered Rue Rambuteau a few days ago- wow, lots of amazing places there. I wish I'd known about BHV before we left Paris- I meant to buy a new door knocker but didn't find anywhere. Now I will have to wait years to get back there again. :-( I love the ceiling at Galleries Lafayette too, it's stunning.

Sandy K. said...

Oh you have made me wish we'd had the time, and finances, to take the Chunnel from Dover to Paris. What a delightful visual experience you present before me! Should Paris be in our future, I know the person to contact! Now I'm off to visit the other sites you mention! Au revoir!

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