Near Luxembourg Garden

(A posting saved from when I was last in Paris–May?)
Strolling down a rue heading toward the Luxembourg Garden, my friend and I were looking for a place to get tea. We saw a really charming window for children’s clothing called Bonpoint and I happened to notice a sign that there was a tea room there. It turns out that not only is the original Bonpoint, but that it was once a home as well. It’s a huge store and I loved how they displayed the clothing.

This was a “rug” painted onto the floor in the tea room downstairs. Lots of comfy pillows to lean against while having your tea.

Isn’t this a great display for summer clothing? I loved the silver fish and the blue on the wall to represent the ocean. So creative.

We headed on down the rue and found this little dog bar outside for dogs to get a drink -not a real dog seen here. We went inside and had a rather expensive tea as it was near the Senate and we think that probably there were senators there with us. We could have payed half if we’d been on another street.


I think I’m finished with my posts about my visit to England but I may post a few more photos. It was such a great trip. I came back to Paris on a Saturday for our move to our new apartment on Monday.(Let me just add that the trip was planned long before the move. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the move fell at the same time.) Maurice had done some packing but he was suffering from back pain and wasn’t able to do much. So I packed like a mad woman even putting the coffee maker in a box which Maurice discovered when he went to make his coffee the next morning. The men arrived and quickly got everything downstairs and into a truck. They didn’t use one of those machines that move things from a window down to the street thus saving us money-poor guys. They seemed to be okay with it anyway (The owner of the business was the one who decided not to use the machine, not us). Then we raced over to the new apartment where at least there could use the elevator for smaller things, tiny though it is. Boxes were stacked all over the place in our new apartment but really, it seemed to go very quickly.

So goodbye number 4. It’s been a great nine years.

Goodbye living room that we enlarged two years ago by knocking out a wall.

Goodbye kitchen. I really liked how it was set up and will miss the great dishwasher. The blue thing to the right is our air conditioning unit. The new owner bought it from us. I was sort of glad as it takes up a lot of room but I sure did miss it as Paris got very hot after we moved. We have good cross ventilation when we open the windows and a fan helps but still. We aren’t in Paris much in the summer right now so maybe it won’t matter.

Goodbye stairs. I won’t miss lugging groceries or suitcases up these. It got to be hard although good exercise. We got so we had groceries delivered and the delivery guy couldn’t believe we didn’t have an elevator. He informed us that all of the other buildings in the area did. What are you going to do? In our case, move.

The boxes piled up and waiting at our new place. I’ll show you a bit of it in the next posting. We only had a few days to unpack as a friend was arriving but we managed. I unpacked 32 boxes in two days. I’m still not sure where everything is.
The day everything was moved out of our old place, I did a finally cleaning, making sure the bathroom was all sparkling clean and vacuuming and then mopping the floors. I took the bus over to our new apartment with a mop sticking out of my little grocery cart on wheels. The next day, somehow, I managed to get our vacuum cleaner into the cart. Maurice, who couldn’t walk well because of his back pain but could ride a bike, offered to take it in the basket of the bike. I would love to have seen that-the body of the vacuum stuck in the basket, the hose wound around his neck like a boa. However, when the time came, it slid into my cart like a hand into a glove. The hose sort of slid in too and just the handle stuck up over the edge. I got a few looks on the bus. I’m sure everyone thought I was with some sort of cleaning company but I managed to move it pretty easily. I thought I was completely done when the guy who bought our old place called to inform us that I had left some clothes in the built-in dirty clothes hamper. Sigh. So one more trip back up those stairs with my cart to get the final load. I’m so glad I won’t have to take that bus back and forth anymore.


A few more photos of the brocante I visited near Pere Lachase.

Lots of silverware to be seen.

There was an interesting booth selling beautiful items from Japan and China. This was a set of instruments used by a surgeon. How’d you like to see that spread out if you were a patient? It was centuries old.

A lovely set of cups and saucers made by a French company whose name I can’t remember at the moment. My friend said I should go to the company where they make them not to far from Paris and buy seconds for a smaller price.

Aren’t these cute? It’s hard to find a full set but I decided against it. I did buy some cute glasses for serving after dinner drinks. They didn’t cost much so if I break one I won’t be sick.

Lookin’ For Bargains

There was a brocante near the Pere Lachaise cemetery so a friend and I took a look after a good Thai meal in a nearby cafe. The brocante was a really good one with lots of variety and reasonable prices.

I liked these froggy planters but I really don’t have a place to put them-plus, I will be moving soon. Do I really want two more things to pack?

A stuffed bear waiting for someone to love him.

I loved these leather books. They look so rich. There was even one in French on Churchill.

There are almost always picture frames for sale. I find it hard to buy a frame and then find something that will fit inside.

Dogs,Cats and a Bird

I love dogs. I think I would have one if I didn’t live on the fourth floor of a building with no elevator or have to walk it at least twice a day. I guess I’m just getting too old and cranky. They almost always make me smile though. Parisians sure do love their dogs.

Someone loved this dog enough to put it on the tomb.

I’ve seen dogs do this but never a cat. He or she just sat on the sidewalk in front of a store probably looking at the owner. Everyone just had to step around him. I was hoping no one would step on his tail.

These three dogs were tied up in front of a post office. I wondered if they all belonged to one person. Surely three dog owners wouldn’t be in the post office at the same time and I’m not sure if three dogs would sit together in a friendly way if they didn’t live together.

This man was carrying his African Gray Parrot around in a small little container with the door open. When we expressed interest he brought the parrot out to show us and let the parrot give my friend a “kiss” which looks like it is biting but was actually a little squeeze. The man said the parrot could talk but I never heard a word.