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.