When I first started shopping in the antique markets of Paris I always looked through vendor stacks of postcards. They used to be very pricey, but over the years the regular photo post cards have really dropped in price and you can find them for $1 Euro in a lot of stalls.
These postcards are more difficult to find and a little more pricey. I adore them. It makes me wonder why the idea of sending such beautiful photo cards disappeared with my generation.
They are a wonderful memento of my trip and of a special time in history.
I know if you see the Sacre-Coeur you may think I was in church. No. This was as close to it as I got. It was a gorgeous day today! This picture means I was shopping for fabric, because at the bottom of the Sacre-Coeur is the Fabric District.
Look at the first stop I made.
I have my favourite stores.
Several have changed over the years and have created gorgeous window displays.
This is just one of the button rooms.
I still prefer to dig through the shops that sell 3 meter sections. You just never know what you will find. They have "ends" from all over and I have a very good idea where fashion houses send their leftovers at the end of the season.
This is one pile today. I got more....but these work together beautifully.
Walking through the Louvre's Jardin Des Tuileries area today it was hard not to imagine summer. It was very warm for an April day.
Scanning the distance I spotted a flash of white.
Now, as the proud companion to a Golden Retriever I can usually spot one a mile away...especially when I am traveling and missing my Magnus. So, first I spotted the golden in the distance, and then I realized he was in a crowd of dogs.
Everyone stopped to see them pass. This dog walker had them all under control....and that's when I realized that they weren't even on leashes!
How does he do it?
I can barely get my own pup from the van to the Vet's doorway on a leash.
The best part was seeing some of the bigger dogs leading the smaller ones on their leash.
Okay, this was a bad choice. Given the number of hours I have been glued to CNN watching Boston coverage....heading out to see this exhibit was a dumb idea. Imagine several very large rooms filled with the darkest, scariest, goth paintings and you will imagine what my afternoon was like.
But I do have a funny to share.
Here is a Mom who I seemed to follow throughout the exhibit. Her baby was asleep. Can you imagine the reaction if this baby wakes up in this room? Good lord lady, what were you thinking? I'm going to have nightmares!
If I wasn't standing here to take this picture I might not have believed it. When the sun shines, it seems all of Paris will flock to a park. It really was warm this afternoon and we thought we might go sit in the park for a little sunshine ourselves. I didn't think it would be so packed! Not a chair was available.....so we walked instead.
The Palais du Luxembourg is indeed a gorgeous site.
We did want to see the Chagall show so we opted to walk directly there.
It was very busy...but I am so glad to have seen all this work in one place. The gift shop was so packed and could not bear the line up for a post card. Luckily, I took a few pictures on my camera.
I spent the morning at the smaller antique market in Paris. The Porte de Vanves market is a great one because it only opens on Saturday and Sunday on a street that is closed to traffic. The vendors drive in and park behind their tables.
This is my favourite small dog. He works at a postcard stall in the market and I have photographed him before. I love when I see the same people/puppies annually.
Loving my pig sightings.
Love these paper shades!
This carousel horse must have been in a show. Wish it fit in my luggage.
It was a fabulous morning of walking and shopping!
I didn't buy as much as I have in the past, but I do have some super mementos.