Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Nearly one year

Hello again, returning from a crazy weekend filled with weddings and meeting up with old friends, there may also have been a little too much Pimms.

But today I am excited because it is almost our one year anniversary, and, we are off to Paris in three weeks to spend some time just him, me and a thousand Parisian bakeries. We have rented this sweet little apartment in the heart of the Marais district. I can't wait to see Paris with my Husband in one hand and camera in the other. What will we see, where shall we go? We have been before but only for a couple of days to get our bearings. Now we know our way around we will be happy to just walk the streets and soak up the atmosphere.

Have you been? If you would like to share, what do you love in Paris?

All images from special apartments.

43 comments:

LissyLou said...

oooh i love Paris, we have been about 4 times. I'll give you some info when i get a chance. Although i have to say that our fave thing to do is to buy some wine, bread and cheese and take it down to the ille de cite, and sit by the river with the locals on a sunny day. Heaven!!

rosie tea said...

i'm not sure how, but i stumbled upon your blog and its lovely - i hope this isn't too out of the blue.

go to the paris mosque, it is very much worth searching out. great sweet mint tea and beautiful tiled courtyards.

also, the flea market at the end of the metro line at Porte de Clignancourt is a great place for an afternoon adventure. you have to walk through a bit of a grim market filled with knock-off designer goods to get to it, but there are some absolutely beautiful shops once you get there. we found a tiny old cafe tucked between the antique shops where a woman sings edith piaf songs all day to the french locals. lovely.

anyway, i hope you have a lovely time there.

and hello.

x

Eliane Zimmermann said...

Paris in spring... many years ago. I loved everything, every corner, every building, every avenue, every bakery!!!! Really, it was phantastic. I loved even things I would despise at home like smelly dustbins in dirty corners!!!!! Cheers Eliane from Ireland

nath said...

Well, that's a great start - the Marais district is my favourite corner of Paris! There is a great museum of contemporary photography there and the Musee Picasso which I love.

Ambling walks of discovery are just the best. Also the Porte de Montreuil flea is good for treasure hunting.

Bonne Chance!

The Curious Cat said...

So much to see and do in Paris - I think the best thing is just to walk and walk and walk! From one side of the city to the other - you see such beautiful things!

I've always wondered if there is a good museum to visit there on the French Revolution - that would be interesting! If you are interested in history and that sort of thing, I recommend Liberty by Lucy Moore - about 6 women of the era. A little heavy reading (it is a history book after all) but really really fascinating.

The modern art museum there is worth a look too and of course the musee d'orsay...oh and my friend simply raves about Favela Chic night-club in Paris if you fancy a dance!

Signorina Svizzera said...

Ooooh- congratulations! That sounds so nice!

lisa said...

I was there many years ago, and one memory I have is of buying a baguette and some cheese and fruit, and heading to a park for a picnic lunch. A simple pleasure.

Gillian said...

How nice to have rented an apartment! I've been to Paris twice and my favourite place to visit is the Musée de l'Orangerie. Next time I'm planning to visit the Fauchon shop just to gaze at all the amazing edible creations!

dilemmalouzer said...

I loved san chapelle, just too beautiful for words, and
the musee d'orsay, not overwhelming like some of the larger galleries, housed in a beautiful old train station - again just gorgeous
And wandering around Mont Matre (sigh)

hope you have a wonderful time!

naturally nina said...

oh la la! i am so jealous. have an amazing time!

oh and check out this smoothie place i just heard about from another blog:
http://littlebrownpen.blogspot.com/2009/05/pink.html

i am definitely going there when (if) i ever get to paris again!

tasha_juliana said...

the Marais is hands down my favorite district in Paris. get a falafel from l'as du falafel (there was a 15 min. line when i went, so worth it) spend time in Montmartre, the raspberry creme brulee tart from la grenier a pain is amazing and the women at that bakery are so wonderful. my favorite spot to watch the sunset in paris is sitting on the wall in the courtyard of the louvre right before it hits the glass pyramid.


ohh and a thousand more!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Is that the apartment you are staying in? if so, it looks wonderful. How lovely to spend your first anniversary in Paris - it will be sooo special.
Denise x

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh for exciting!! I was in Paris last year and absolutely loved it. The Marais area was my absolute favorite.

If you like Falafels, you should go to L'as de Falafel. It's in the Marais area and their Falafels are TO DIE FOR!

Have a fabulous time!!

littlebyrd said...

Lucky you! I hope you have a wonderful trip. I have been but not for years. My favorite part was just walking for miles and miles and seeing what we could come upon, a market, a museum, parks, whatever. Lucky you!!

kat said...

You are very blessed, i hope you have a wonderful wonderful time in Paris,
luv kat x

Karen said...

I've never been, but perhaps one day! Enjoy the bakeries, is all I have to say :)

mln said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I went for our anniversary a couple of years ago and rented a place in the Marais also. We loved staying in that area.
I hope you can make it to Au Petit Bonheur La Chance, on 13 rue Saint-Paul, not too far from where you are. It's a treasure of a shop with vintage finds.

countrymummy said...

We had our honeymoon in Paris 14 years ago and one day I will go back for a lovely long sabbatical. We went last October to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday and took our 2 medium-sized children (9 and 11) - perhaps not quite the scenario you're looking at but I love...La Droguerie (knitting/yarn/haberdashery shop par excellence), the Musee des Beaux Arts, the Pompidou, lunch in the clock restaurant at the Musee D'Orsay, wandering about pretending I live there, the Marais district...what's not to like?! Am very jealous. Have a wonderful time.

Hallie said...

Paris is so amazing. i have been twice to visit a dear friend. i would just spend my days wandering the streets getting lost(but paying attention to landmarks through my cameras eye to find my way back). i love luxembourg gardens as my friend lives down the street. there is an apiary tucked into a side area. have a wonderful time!

Anna said...

I love the wonderful paper store, Calligrane, in the rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (also in the 4th, I believe). Absolutely beautiful things!
It doesn't hurt that there's an instrument repair shop next door to Calligrane with gorgeous wood stringed instruments usually displayed in the window.
And if you visit Calligrane, wander just across the way to the gallery Agathe Gaillard, where there's always an interesting collection of photographs hanging. Then, meander out the back door of the gallery and voilà!, you're in the Place Ste. Catherine, one of the prettiest little squares in that part of Paris, which is saying a lot!
Ah, I miss France!

Martha said...

That sounds so lovely! I've always wanted togo to Paris! Someday...

s. stockwell said...

So happy to find your blog on twitter. we will follow. Best from Santa Barbara, s

chelsea said...

Oh, it sounds perfectly lovely!!

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous! We spent our honeymoon in Paris last September and I am desperate to return...
Apart from just wandering the streets forever I can recommend lunch at The Rose Bakery (9th) or Bread & Roses (Rue des Fleurus 6th followed by a stroll in the amazing Jardin du Luxembourg). In the marais you can stroll around Place des Vosges and up rue des francs bourgeois for some fab shopping including Maje for the most gorgeous fashion and Entrée des Fournisseurs for haberdashery heaven. Mokuba near rue de jour in les halles district is the perfect ribbon shop and a beautiful little area to wander. The fleamarkets on Sunday are always worthwhile for wandering, observing and a typical french lunch. Paris in springtime is the best.... ENJOY!!!

Diana said...

First time commenter...your blog is wonderful!

I have to 2nd the Sainte Chapelle suggestion; it's like being inside a dazzling little jewel.

I've been to the falafel place in the Marais, and yes! They are incredible!

Depending on how you feel about cemeteries, Pere Lachaise in unbeatable in the world. Not just for its famous residents, but just for the sheer off-kilter alleyways created by all the headstones and crypts, winding roads to explore.

Have a great time!

The domestic novice said...

A meander in the jardin de tuileries and a coffee at the top of galeries la fayette - the view is breathtaking particularly when framed by the red geraniums. Have a wonderful time.

Kate said...

I think you'd love Sainte Chapelle - I won't say much about it, but I think it's one of the loveliest and hidden treasures of Paris. While you're there, meander the book and print shops on the left bank and pop into 'Au 33' (33 Rue Jacob) for dinner. You can also find Laduree and Paul for lovely macaroons nearby.

For stationery love, check out Rue Vieille du Temple near the Seine - one is called Calligraphe and the other I can't remember, but it's across the road. The are delicious! Also have a look at the basement of BHV for some stationery and cute fun.

Wander the Marais - grab a felafel roll at Chez Marianne, and drop into Free P Star op shop, Muji and other lovely boutiques.

The Montmatre area is very touristy but good photos ops (think Amelie) of Paris as a city.

Hope this helps - I remember print and pattern had a great wrap-up of shops she found in Paris, too - might be worth a look?

Also, have a look at these for inspiration! http://bit.ly/iSYNa x

Carla said...

A favorite place - La Musee Gustave Moreau. The museum is his studio and apartment and his paintings and sketches are housed there along with many of his personal belongings. It's small but intimate and you really get the feel of his creative spirit.

Link here for images:

http://www.musee-moreau.fr/homes/home_id24292_u1l2.htm

Go here for info. in English:

http://paris-tourisme.com/museums/moreau/index.html

Bon Voyage!

Rachel Follett said...

How exciting! That place looks amazing. Can't wait to see all the photos from your trip!

Milk And Honey said...

oh! I was just in Paris this past January. My two friends and I stayed on Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, and on this street is a WONDERFUL restaurant called "La Ferme." The food is Morroccan and the owners are just lovely. It was the best experience I had the entire time in Paris, and I highly recommend dining there! It's around the 4/5 arr.

Have a lovely trip!

Wendy said...

How nice.

Loulou's mum said...

Leaving in this wonderful city that is Paris I do check My Little Paris quiet often for good places to eat and where to shop. The link is
http://www.mylittleparis.com/en/

(the english version). Hope it might help you
Otherwise, I might recommend having some pastries at LADUREE (one small shop in St Germain des Prés, an other one bigger on the Champs Elysées), the Marais area with wonderful tea shop called MARIAGE FRERES (one of the oldest of Paris and lots lots of choices), the Luxembourg garden and the area of St Michel and St Germain des Prés not far (maybe a guignol show in the garden that you might enjoy, and an old tradition for children here, an other one, the oldest in Paris and outise is in the Champs Elysées garden). I will come back if I think of anything else.
And if you don't want to do the whole Bateaux Mouche thing again, you might use the Batobus which has a few stops in touristic areas along the Seine).
Enjoy !

Shana Daisy said...

I've never been there, but i'll do after the wedding in summer!

I lîke your blog. ^^

Janet said...

I have not been, but it is on my "bucket list." I can't wait to see your pictures when you return. i hope you'll post a bunch!

Brittany Noel said...

Happy first anniversary! I have never been to Paris, but hope to some day. You two will have such a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Check out Rue du Bac off of St. Germain. There are great shops on either side, especially the French institution Deyrolle.

Kristin said...

What's not to love in Paris?
My boyfriend and I are going to be spending a few days there in August! I'm so excited!
You must go to Laduree for macarons, and Pierre Herme too!!
Lookig forward to seeing your pictures!!

Helen said...

oh i can't wait to see what you get up to in paris! i'm going in july so i may steal some tips.

The Paris Apartment said...

I just discovered your pretty site and am excited to see pics of your trip. Your apartment looks great, which service did you use to rent it? I just got back last week and miss it already!

Elizabeth Smillie said...

I've only ever been to the airport, and I am so envious! Have fun, and a huge congrats on one year!!!
My Husband and I just celebrated our own first, and I found myself wondering where the year went - it seems as if I just finished writing all the thank-you notes for the wedding gifts.
Have fun, and enjoy the next :D

Cordie said...

I second seeing the musee de Gustave Moreau--his works are swoon-worthy in person.

Also, the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir is quite a beautiful site at night.

Enjoy!

rosie tea said...

i'm thirding the Gustave Moreau - i have never been to a museum like it. winding staircases and little wooden chairs in front of cabinets filled with the most incredible drawings.

yes yes yes!

oshngrl said...

I have followed your blog for a long time and love it! I have never been to Paris, but I am planning a trip next April for our 10th anniversary and I have been scouring the 'net for good ideas. I really look forward to seeing your pictures and getting more good ideas when you return. Bon Voyage!