I’m not certain if I am an Anglophile or a Francophile but I am mesmerized by Paris and London. There is nothing like the lights of Paris or exploring the City. I can and have spent hours and lots of steps just walking and ducking in boutique after boutique at my leisure. December and Christmas is a wonderful time to explore. The red flocked Christmas trees, a glass of champagne at the Ritz, or sitting at a cafe for dinner it is a perfect way to spend a few days at this time of year.
There is something serendipitous about what you will find and where you find it. On my most recent trip I stayed at this wonderful boutique hotel in the triangle d’or. I arrived from Atlanta to Charles De Gaule at 6 in the morning and made my way to drop off my bags. It was snowing which added something special to the morning. I dropped off my bags and headed to the Museum of Decorative Arts for the Christian Dior exhibit. The exhibit was mobbed but entirely worth it. After lusting over Dior collections I made my way to a lovely cafe for the quintessential lunch of onion soup and much needed caffeine and then returned to my hotel for a nap. Once refreshed I headed out to explore the area around the hotel and an idea of dropping by the bar at the George the V.
The area is full of wonderful boutiques in addition to the known designers. On my previous trip I discovered Davidor, a wonderful jeweler originally from Florida and now in Paris and Hobbs, a store with the most beautiful cashmere and leather goods. The sweater I’d purchased previously from Hobbs remains a favorite. Snowing again, a wonderful shop with a display of scarves and sweaters caught my eye and in I went.
Crimson (8 Rue Marbeuf or https:// http://www.crimson-cashmere.com) is a wonderful store with the most beautiful items of cashmere and lambs wool made in Scotland. Scarves, gloves, ponchos and sweaters to die for available for both men and women. After trying on and selecting a beautiful purple cashmere sweater with the perfect twist on the classic crewneck design, I encountered this wonderful voice that simply could not have been from Paris. The owner, Linda, is a delightful lady originally from Texas exuding this amazing sense of style. She is as fun as her designs which are amazing. After a delightful interlude in the store, making new friends in Paris, purchasing the sweater and gloves, sharing a gold dustedchocolate covered marshmallow, and armed with her advice regarding pickpockets, I returned to my quest for a glass of champagne at George V. Thwarted by a full house and no room at the bar by everyone else that had the same idea and wanted out of the snow, I retraced my steps to a lovely cafe I’d seen and enjoyed a dinner of steak frites in traditional Parisian cafe style.
My trips to Paris have included other such wonderful discoveries from Dehilleran, a cookware store on steroids, to Christmas markets, pharmacies, and paper stores. A treasured souvenir carted home from Paris is a sheet of hand made paper framed in glass that hangs on my wall. The best part of Paris is simply finding something unexpected.