15 Jul2015

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As we continued down Rue du Bac, one of our favorite shopping streets in Paris, we couldn’t help but notice the lines winding out of Pâtisserie des Rêves… If Angelina has a history of more than 100 years in business, Pâtisserie des Rêves is a relatively recent creation, and is causing waves from the looks of folks lined up for their breads, pastries and cakes.

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We got on line but realized it would be a good half hour before we even got close to the counter, so we decided to leave this one for another day.

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I am not sure what the appeal is, but anytime Parisians line up like this voluntarily, conventional wisdom suggests it must be good…

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A little further down the road, and you might easily bypass it, is a wonderful little watch store that carries second hand (vintage) watches and some terrific accessories for watch enthusiasts. When I graduated with an MBA 25 years ago, I was lucky enough to land a good job and with my sign-on bonus I bought my first snazzy watch, which I still have to this day. The manufacturer stopped making it a few years ago, but I found one in this shop and was shocked to see it was now worth much more than I had paid for it 25 years ago! This store also carries really supple watch storage/carrying roll-up cases just in case you travel with 6-8 different timepieces to match with your mood for the day… :)

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A few steps more an more sweets at Des Gateaux et du Pain, which looked so chic we just peered in through the windows and kept on strolling.

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Across the street we spent some time in the fabulous Fabriani shop that had Italian paper and leathergoods. Mrs. MM is a huge paper store fan, so this was definitely her kind of store. It was quite pricey, however, and we just admired the goods on offer.

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Perhaps one the single most visually stunning “jewel box of a chocolate store” award has to go to Chapon.

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Those tubs of chocolate mousse in the window were enough to make your heart skip a beat in a very good way!

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The most amazing packaging enrobes some pretty darned good chocolate. Not my favorite chocolate, but pretty good.

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Boucherie du Bac is a carnivore’s wet dream. It was the day before American Thanksgiving when I took these shots and the butcher was advertising that they had some nice fresh organic turkeys for Americans planning a feast. In addition, locals were lined up to buy some meat for their dinner.

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Imagine a 1-kilo chunk of that entrecôte in the middle of the photo above. At Euro 32 a kilo (roughly PHP1,600) which would easily serve 2 or 3, it’s not that outrageous compared to eating out at a restaurant!

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Other “essentials” like foie gras, chips, butter, pâtes, etc. were abundantly displayed. Other stores on the block include fine pen shops, silversmiths, a Conran shop, and lots of others. Imagine all of this in the pre-Christmas mood, it was a wonderful early evening stroll in brisk weather. I am pretty sure that I could live in either New York or Paris at this point…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Natie says:

    I feel like i just had a stroll down a Parisian rue.. Thanks for sharing, MM. I’d pick a small apartment in Paris, If I were to choose.

    Jul 16, 2015 | 1:20 am

     
  2. ami says:

    Same goes for Japanese locals. If you see a line snaking out of a store/restaurant, get in that line. Looking forward to more travel posts, especially those from your recent Portugal/France vacation.

    Jul 16, 2015 | 8:08 am

     
  3. millet says:

    sighhhh…

    Jul 16, 2015 | 9:30 am

     
  4. Thel from Florida says:

    Did you get a Rolex 25 years ago? My beloved husband gave me a Rolex on my 37th birthday 28 years ago. I only wear it during Sundays attending mass so it is still looking very good. I have 5 others that are all 14K. Love, love, love watches?

    Jul 18, 2015 | 7:43 am

     
  5. shiko-chan says:

    Thanks so much for all these lovely photo-posts (especially the ones with all the flower stalls…sigh)! You have no idea how much (vicarious) happiness you’re giving other people ;)

    Jul 22, 2015 | 10:27 am

     
 

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