the end of the road

bonsoir toute le monde! reporting from paris in my final hours. it’s already midnight and there’s some toe tapping going on since we have an uber early plane to catch. now i’m wishing we booked a night flight. it would mean another full day which you always seem to need here!

i love staying in apartments because they really make you feel like you’re a part of the neighborhood and you fall into little rituals right away. no matter which way you walk out of this apartment it’s a completely different experience. i wanted to cover a lot of ground but even just  a block circumference is full of goodies. if i don’t record them now i never will!

our favorite place was just around the corner, affectionately known as ‘comptoir’. we would rendezvous there at the end of the day to grab a snack at the counter that was the epitome of gourmet. and they make nutella crepes too.

the hood could not be more picturesque, and the shops are not just tourist places, they’re real longtime establishments who set the tone for this petit pocket of perfection.

it’s one of those places where everything calls to you…

i can’t resist the lure of the bookstores and there are SO many!

not to mention tea salons

and chocolate shops

sorry i don’t have the addresses but all bursts out from the odeon metro station.

next time i’ll go out another block further. i’d love to see a map of paris like that…from the center and radiating out.

i’m more furniture than food but even i was called by the feast of a show that’s laid out before us each day.

and les fleurs, don’t get me going!

we had dinner at atlas our first night and had the BEST mussels in creme

across the street was our best french breakfast (we tried a bunch), at cafe paris. (11 rue de Buci)

the shopping of course was outrageous with everything from innovative home furnishings like the fireplace above

and the vintage treasures tucked in among the hi end boutiques.

but as it always does, the night must come and the days wind down. it’s officially time to sign off. i hope you enjoyed your little tour. maybe it will be my new thing, the one block radius overview!  for now it’s off to bed. see you on the home front. have a bon nuit!

October 23, 2012. Paris, Paris Apartments, St. Germain.

15 Comments

  1. Alexandra Kindrachuk replied:

    Thank you, thank you, that was so enjoyable. I small taste of a magical city. Every block holds it’s own special charm.
    You have a wonderful eye.
    Cannot wait for your next visit, hope mine comes soon as well!

  2. Boomdeeadda replied:

    Merci, loved it all and especially the book store. Oh I wish!

  3. judi replied:

    From the signage on the stores to the perfect vegetables . . . thank you!

  4. Patricia replied:

    I am parisian , i am touristic guide , but i like to see Paris by your eyes ,!!! thanks a lot !!! Patricia

  5. pixelrites replied:

    O beautiful ! Merci

  6. cheryl cusack replied:

    thanks again for all ur infomation..keeps me dreaming…are all the shops/restaurants in ur pic’s from the same area in paris? & what area wld that be?/ do u have addresses.. going to paris in the spring & wld love to visit through ur eyes

    coco

  7. glamourshoes replied:

    Your trip looked amazing! So nice to walk the neighborhood with you! If only I had a chaussons aux pommes now, the experience would be complete! Thanks for sharing!

  8. peggy braswell replied:

    Adored the shops you saw while in France + Stunning! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  9. Nikon replied:

    An amazing collection of photos, Claudia! You are so good at picking artistic images. The bistros, the red tomatoes, the opening shot of the courtyard……all gems!
    Paris never looked better!

  10. vickiarcher replied:

    I love that area of Paris Claudia… everything you could possibly want together… Perfect… xv

  11. lara replied:

    My favorite part of town… love it! Always stay at the Hotel Europe St. Severin, not fancy, but best location. Look forward to going again-any time of year is good for me. Named my daughter Paris……she’s 18. And she loved it when she finally got to go last year :)

  12. Karen Albert replied:

    Claudia it looks like you found just the kind of shops I would love to peruse. Oh and I love the art and portraits below!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  13. torie replied:

    Hi please put me down for the drawing
    torie

  14. Manda {Eat Cake} replied:

    Ugh! So glad I began following your blog :) When I dream up Paris- these pictures are exactly what I see. I’m living vicariously through you! :)
    Eat Cake

  15. Mélanie @ le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    I want to go to Paris , right now . Your photos are so fabulous and inspiring. I hope you are doing well , Claudia

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