Paris – Day 9 – One Year Ago

Gosh, it’s hard to believe I’ve only been in Paris for 9 days, it seems like months. There’s not much about home I miss except my g-babies and son-in-law. Love my friends but I love Paris more….sorry!!!

Kate and I enjoyed a leisurely morning at the apartment and didn’t even venture out until 1 p.m.  We wandered three doors down to our favorite cafe and had a latte.  It’s a routine we’ll definitely miss once we return home.

First stop of the day was the original Chanel store and no, it’s not on the Champs Élysées.  And while I’m on the Champs Élysées topic, it’s a very slight upgrade from the Vegas strip and anyone who knows me well, knows I suffer from an acute disdain for Vegas…enough said.  The original Chanel store is where Coco Chanel shocked the world of fashion with her comfortable, chic, draped clothing made with a woman’s body in mind….no more corsets!  Coco was a true women’s liber. Once you step in the door you see the grand staircase that models would float down while presenting the latest Paris fashion designs.  Did you know that it was Coco who designed the original “little black dress” back in the 1920’s?  Her fashion statements included the Chanel suit and her original famous perfume, Chanel No. 5.  I remember my Uncle Don first bought me this perfume when I was in the 6th grade.  Thank you dear man for treating me to the finer things in life at such a young age.  Kate and I each left the Chanel store with a white bag with black handles after being served juice and royal treatment customer service, we were in heaven!!!
From there we wandered down Rue Di Rivoli, an avenue full of tourist shops and fascinating people watching before heading back to the Left Bank where we call home. It was time for a late lunch/early dinner where we stopped at Le Concorde on Boulevard Saint-Germain, a restaurant I discovered on my first visit to Paris and was determined to take Kate there.  We both had roasted Poulet (chicken).  Kate was delighted with my recommendation and commented it was the best meal she had since arriving in Paris.  I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to re-step the footprint of my first visit to Paris with my daughter.  I LOVE that girl to the moon and back and couldn’t have asked for a better travel companion.
Onward along the banks of the Seine on the West Back to Rue Cler to catch the market as the afternoon was turning to evening. After some window shopping we decided to stop off at the famous Cafe Du Marche for a carafe of wine and people watching before our regular stop at the Monoprix (grocery store) for our daily fix of cheese and wine.  We’ve become accustomed to our late night snack and bottle of wine back at our apartment.
We’re calling it an early night as we’ll be up at the crack of dawn to catch an early train to Giverny and Vernon to tour Monet’s garden.  Life is good.

Bonsoir ~


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  1. I adored the spirted Coco early on, realized the little black dress and fabulous accessories were my design style and Chanel No. 5….loved the packaging and shape of the bottle more than the fragrance. I still have a perfume bottle displayed with collectibles reminding me of past adventures.

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