This morning we met our kind tour guide for a free (because she liked us and is in the habit of doing her bookwork in different places around the city) introduction to the Metro to help us on our way to the fabric district in Matmetre.
Both Tina and I were so excited to find out that Paris fabric stores are not at all like those in America. We found fabrics we have always imagined but have never found in our searching – sweet little prints in colors quite different. Some people could not tell the difference but because we are sewers and lovers of vintage and unusual fabrics, we were in heaven. We were also overwhelmed with excitement. We found Japanese patterns that were quite different than anything we could find in Santa Cruz. Tina said these books had clothes patterns that were what she wants to make and wear every day.
Then on to La basilique du Sacre-Coeur. There were so many tourists!
The many wide steps leading up to Sacre-Coeur are covered with people of all nationalities, for all must see the highest spot in the city. This church was built after the Revolution as a penance to God. We were impressed, for as we went inside, we were expected to be very reverant and quiet. Tina enjoyed buying crosses for a few family members. The art on the walls was designed to lift one’s spirit up to God and we felt it.
The streets around the Sacre-Coeur are where Van Gogh, Toulouse and their contemporaries lived.
We walked where they walked.
Among these streets we found a few unique vintage shops. Paper Dolls had unique items that would have belonged here at Warmth Company.
There was jewelry mixing metal with leather and jewels. Clothing, furniture, antiques, tableware, art, paper dolls and books filled this uniquely decorated store.
A few doors down was Aeschne, a small designer clothes shop. Most of the clothing was made by the very kind seamstress/owner. She also makes special order clothing in her etsy shop. This was a delightful little store. We also found a yummy bakery, and even though we had to carry the bread and croissants along with our heavy fabric bags all of the way home, we felt it was worth it because fresh bread in Paris is frequently made later in the day, not in the morning.
After wandering these historic and sometimes whimsical streets, we got back on the Metro, feeling proud of ourselves for navigating our way back. We were thankful for our guide discovering earlier that morning that they had just changed a sign that day. If she had not pointed it out to us, surely we would have been lost.
After getting off the Metro, we went to the Luxembourg Gardens.
This was a very formal and startlingly beautiful garden with rows of trees, shady areas with fountains, and little chairs all around to meditate.
The café was so pretty with a soft, moss green and black little building serving welcoming drinks. Tina had a caramel macroon that was out of the world. All the chairs were the same moss green. The French made everything charming.
After more walking and exploring, we found a great little café. Monica had duck with green beans and stuffed tomatoes. Naomi had salmon with vegis. Then back to our apartment to rest and think about our day.