February in Paris

I’m sure most of you don’t think about running out the door to visit Paris in February. I do, but then, I will go at any time of year! For starters, flights are generally less expensive. And, also Parisian life is in full swing including exhibitions & other cultural events. It is less crowded with tourists & even Parisians tend to think I am Parisian, as long as I don’t open my mouth! I know, because I am often stopped on the street for directions! Dressed properly, strolling is enjoyable & shop windows are heading into spring collections …See, I’m smiling!

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Here are just a few snapshots of my life in Paris in February:

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Blue skies….I sit in a warm cafe and watch the bundled up bike riders pass by.

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I sit inside, again, in a cafe which also offers outdoor seating with heaters at Les Editeurs (#4 Carrefour de l’Odeon 75006 Paris/ Metro: Odeon) and watch the Parisians drive (yes, the top is down on that sports car) or again, bike riders pass by! And, no, this is not Amsterdam. Bikes are, increasingly, becoming a popular mode of transportation in Paris.

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I pass by a school in the 6th arrondissement & read the students’ menu for the week for lunch. Note the several courses! IMG_1059

I make new friends while eating lunch at the stunningly renovated Angelina’s, after a stop, first, at the long-established WH Smith Bookstore (248, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris/Metro: Concorde) to buy a lightweight guidebook on Amsterdam. Success!

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After lunch, I enter the Les Arts Decoratifs Museum (107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris/Metro: Tuileries, Pyramides, Louvre-Rivoli) to attend an exhibition on buttons! (Deboutonner La Mode or ‘Unbutton Fashion’). You can read about it here: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2015/02/buttons-exhibit-at-les-arts-decoratifs-article or here: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2015/02/buttons-exhibit-at-les-arts-decoratifs-article

A quick summary–Over 3000 buttons and over 100 pieces of clothing and accessories from the 18th to the 20th century are on display through July 19th. Plastic to metal to fabric to enamel to wood to horn to….Just a few of the photos I took:

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It’s pushing early evening so no one is having ice cream outside here, but sitting outside is common in the winter and comforts of heaters and blankets offered do make it possible! I also saw this window shop:IMG_1619

 

This suggests ‘Spring is on its way to springing! Happy Spring to all of you!

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