Sunday in Paris, gloriously warm and sunny

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ALL of Paris was outside today; impossible to stay indoors on this gorgeously warm, perfect Sunday.  25°C and pure sunshine after 5 and a half months of gloom and cold.

I heard the Crillon is auctioning off its entire contents – a good excuse to hop on the metro and go to the Place de la Concorde.

“Paris’s famed Hôtel de Crillon is about to undergo a major facelift. But before it closes for the two-year renovation, the hotel is auctioning off many of its lavish items and allowing the public a close-up view of this iconic Parisian institution. With its plum spot on the Place de la Concorde, sumptuous salons and suites, lavish 18th century furnishings, and a history of pampering guests from Theodore Roosevelt to Madonna to Bill Clinton, the Hôtel de Crillon has been an enduring symbol of French opulence.” (despite the fact it’s owned by a Saudi prince, adds Juliet.)

I got off at Champs-Elysées Clémenceau, the metro stop before Concorde, because I like the walk along the last stretch of the Champs-Elysées and then through the leafy gardens that eventually give way onto the Place de la Concorde.

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I got to the Crillon only to find a long line that snaked around the corner.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 013Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 018

Not being a fan of line-ups, I wandered up a favourite road of mine to the left of the Crillon, the rue Boissy d’Anglas.  This road is closed off to traffic so it’s quiet, and there are some nice boutiques and restaurants.  It takes you up to the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Place de la Madeleine beyond.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 024

I worked here, at number 9 rue Boissy d’Anglas, for several years. Very conveniently located. On our lunch hour, me and my English colleagues would dash up the road to the Hermès flagship store on the corner, go inside and spritz ourselves with gorgeous Hermès perfume. Then we’d walk further up to Le Savio lunch counter and patisserie to buy the most delicious lemon tarts I’ve ever tasted in my life.  Darn, I forgot to take a photo of the place.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 022Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 025

A favourite Sunday pastime for some Parisians is to stroll the sidewalks and admire the window displays. Clothing boutiques are closed on Sunday, but many cafés and bookshops are open.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 050Here’s what Wikipedia says about the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré:  Although relatively narrow and nondescript, it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
So I strolled. Love the colour of this dress:Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 034Orange colours that are trending this year: tangerine, burnt orange, coral, pumpkin, persimmon, saffron.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 035Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 048

A beautiful sandal that I can imagine wearing in some fabulous destination like Capri or Sardinia.akdas 155

Here’s the famous Ladurée tea salon, renowned for its divine and exorbitantly-priced macaroons. Japanese tourists flock here, as do all tourists and Parisians alike. Frankly, I find the place a little too precious for my taste (and my pocketbook.)Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 044Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 040Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 043

Here’s me getting kicked out of Ladurée because I took a photo. What?  Did they think I was a spy looking to steal their cookie recipe??Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 037

Here’s a gorgeous door. I don’t know if it’s pure 1930s or modernist 1960s. I’m going to find out.

Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 051As I walked to my favourite haunt, the W.H. Smith bookshop which is open on Sundays, to buy a cold drink and flip through the magazines, I passed this row of bicycles – Vélib, the bike-sharing scheme – which no-one seems to be using.Sun Apr 14 2013 Paris 058

And that was my afternoon. By 5 pm the city was still packed with people and it was quite hot. I walked leisurely back to the station and took the metro home.

7 thoughts on “Sunday in Paris, gloriously warm and sunny

    • Hey, girl! Good to hear from you! I’ll bet it was the photo of 9 rue Boissy d’Anglas that took you back, right? Remember our street sorties and getting into loads of trouble? We had fun. That place where we worked is no longer there; they moved up the road.

      I’d love to hear what you’re up to these days. à bientôt, Juliet

      • Yep, that photo certainly did take me back! Another photo reminded me of our ‘hot chocolate’ shenanigans – remember? I particularly love how your wonderful sense of humour shines through in this blog. I’ve laughed out loud a few times! I’m just content to see how you are still loving and appreciating this gift we call ‘life’. Keep up the terrific work Juliet. I’ll email you soon to tell you what I’ve been up to all this time! Sherry

  1. Hello,

    you run a magnificent blog indeed that I am just discovering. I stop at this particular entry to possibly correct what I perceive as a slight error but maybe it is me who didn’t understand rightly what you meant. Re the Vélib station, it’s not that no-one seems to be using them but the stations in the center of Paris are always full of Vélibs that users from the external arrondissements (10th to 20th) dock with the effect that it is often very difficult to find one free place. I personaly am an everyday user of the scheme and whenever I have to ride to the center of Paris I start looking for a station with free places before arriving à destination…

    Yours is a lovely, well written and artsy blog, have a nice evening,

    • Bonjour Flocon,

      Thanks for your comments re Vélib. Yes, I see now that that must be what is happening. I admit that I do not use Vélib bicycles; I am a fervent walker and love to use my two feet for as long as they will let me.

      I had a quick glance at your interesting blog. I see that in the 1980s you sold PARIS PASSION magazine. You know that PP was a Canadian publication?

      bonne journée,


  2. Juliet,
    Yes I know Robert Sarner is a Canadian from Toronto as far as I remember. Shall I gather you’re a Canadian yourself?
    Just search for Paris Passion Magazine on Wikipedia (english edition) 😉

    Fare well Juliet

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