June 7, Shopping, Lunch, and an Evening Stroll

It was cold and threatened rain most of the day. We breakfasted at the apartment on fried andouille and eggs with a fresh orange and baguette before heading off to Île Saint-Louis to shop. We were looking for a particular souvenir (a small Parisienne style house) to use as a Christmas ornament and check out other shops for mementos of the trip. By 10:30, only the crémerie and boulangerie were open and we were still looking for a non-food store that was not closed and shuttered, so we headed back up to Boulevard Beaumarchais where Sheila wanted to explore Merci (a large department store with everything from dinnerware to clothing and accessories). They had a wonderfully cozy coffee shop with comfortable stuffed armchairs, and bookshelf lined walls where I nursed a café allongé while Sheila shopped. She joined me and we shared another café before heading off for lunch. Maison Plisson is an unprepossessing specialty food store with a highly regarded restaurant where we shared a truly superb lunch (see menu) before heading back to the apartment. I had a nap while Sheila shopped (unsuccessfully) before returning for her nap. We then headed back to Ile Saint Louis and the lovely shopping street of Rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Île where Sheila finally got her endorphin high buying the house ornament for Christmas, two wooden jig-saw puzzles, a scarf, a pendant to be used as a Christmas tree ornament and some post cards. After a few light showers during the day, the rain came in earnest as we returned to the apartment for dinner (chicken with tomatos, diced veg, and rotinni in a cream sauce). The rain had stopped by the time we had finished dinner and we set off to explore the late evening streets of the Marais. Evening transformed the neighbourhood into a wondrous mix of quiet residential streets, closed shops, vibrant restaurants, brasseries, take away crepe, ice cream, hot dog, falafel, et cetera, a softly lit architecture. Come 11:30, the streets were still alive with strollers, ad hoc parties, and friends just hanging out, but we were getting footsore and returned to the apartment for quiet night.
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June 7, Shopping, Lunch, and an Evening Stroll

It was cold and threatened rain most of the day. We breakfasted at the apartment on fried andouille and eggs with a fresh orange and baguette before heading off to Île Saint-Louis to shop. We were looking for a particular souvenir (a small Parisienne style house) to use as a Christmas ornament and check out other shops for mementos of the trip. By 10:30, only the crémerie and boulangerie were open and we were still looking for a non-food store that was not closed and shuttered, so we headed back up to Boulevard Beaumarchais where Sheila wanted to explore Merci (a large department store with everything from dinnerware to clothing and accessories). They had a wonderfully cozy coffee shop with comfortable stuffed armchairs, and bookshelf lined walls where I nursed a café allongé while Sheila shopped. She joined me and we shared another café before heading off for lunch. Maison Plisson is an unprepossessing specialty food store with a highly regarded restaurant where we shared a truly superb lunch (see menu) before heading back to the apartment. I had a nap while Sheila shopped (unsuccessfully) before returning for her nap. We then headed back to Ile Saint Louis and the lovely shopping street of Rue Saint-Louis-en- l’Île where Sheila finally got her endorphin high buying the house ornament for Christmas, two wooden jig-saw puzzles, a scarf, a pendant to be used as a Christmas tree ornament and some post cards. After a few light showers during the day, the rain came in earnest as we returned to the apartment for dinner (chicken with tomatos, diced veg, and rotinni in a cream sauce). The rain had stopped by the time we had finished dinner and we set off to explore the late evening streets of the Marais. Evening transformed the neighbourhood into a wondrous mix of quiet residential streets, closed shops, vibrant restaurants, brasseries, take away crepe, ice cream, hot dog, falafel, et cetera, a softly lit architecture. Come 11:30, the streets were still alive with strollers, ad hoc parties, and friends just hanging out, but we were getting footsore and returned to the apartment for quiet night.
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© David E. Moon, 2014 All rights reserved