Category Archives: Shopping

Un Filet

I got a new handbag when I was in Paris. What kind, you ask. Hermès? Chanel? No, I am now the proud carrier of un filet Filt in the patriotic tricolor bleu, blanc, rouge. The Filt company has been making nets for … Continue reading

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Donner un conseil

Every time I visit Paris, I find some great new places to shop, dine, or just soak up the joy of being in my favorite city. Here are a few: Thomas Antiquités (98 rue Oberkampf, 11th Arrondissement) This is a … Continue reading

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La Crèche de Noël

As long as I can remember, my family had une crèche de Noël (oon cresh duh no-ell), or a Nativity scene. Mary was a little worse for wear, with a chunk missing at the base. She had to be propped … Continue reading

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La Mouette rieuse

When I first started spending time in Paris, I used to love to visit a bookstore in the Marais called Mona Lisait. It was famous for coffee table and art books at discount prices, dust, and creaking floors. But the … Continue reading

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Une Empreinte

On a stroll around our temporary neighborhood in the Haut Marais, we came upon a gorgeous store named Empreintes (5 rue de Picardie). This light-flooded concept store is filled with the work of hundreds of different artisans: potters, jewelers, wood-turners, … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 5

Here were some of our favorite discoveries on our recent trip to Paris. Many of our new finds were in the neighborhood of the Haut (Upper) Marais. I’ve spent lots of time in the Bas (Lower) Marais, but only just … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 4

I Was Vermeer: The Forger Who Swindled the Nazis, by Frank Wynne – This is a fascinating account of swindler and art forger Han van Meegeren and it raises larger questions about the authenticity of much of the art hanging on … Continue reading

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