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A Day Le Marais…

Ah, I just got back from my trip last night. It was such a whirlwind, as Paris usually is. It’s such a beautiful city, and I only had the afternoon to explore… soo Lovely Fenke (from Tres Plus Cool) spent the day walking around Le Marias. I had stayed in Le Marais, a few times before, but I haven’t been to Paris in 5 or 6 years, so it was completely different from what I remembered.

Actually we covered a lot of ground, that day, and this is the first of a series of posts about the trip which I hope you’ll enjoy!


One of the inescapable beauties of Paris, is the architecture. It’s always amazing to walk around looking at the buildings and the streets, admiring window boxes and monuments. As a lover of Contemporary Art, I have always found the Centre Pompidou to have great exhibitions, although, we skipped this time. But I’m always so inspired by the building itself, the colorful exoskeleton and the sheer uniqueness. Coupled by the fact that so many buildings around are so old and classically beautiful on a grand scale.

Pain de Sucre

Pain de Sucre, is this little patisserie near the Centre Pompidu on your way to the heart of Le Marias. It had a modern interior, and the little baked goods were not only beautiful, they are amazing little morsels of heaven. I bought a box of macaroons (a must), a chocolate bar, a strawberry marshmallow on a stick, and this amazing loaf of bread with whole dried figs, apricots and some other fruits baked inside. Gorgeous. The bakery was always full of people but not obnoxiously so, a good sign, and a great find.

Sneaks, you’ll need them..

I had never seen so many second hand Converse in one area. I know that they are more expensive in Europe than Stateside, but these pre-loved already broken in Cons run about the same price as what you would find new at an outlet store in the States. Not bad… and if you’re looking for DIY material.. you’re in heaven. Rag, a cute little vintage boutique (83 Rue St Martin) is on a touristy little street just near the front of the Pompidou, but there is a lot of great shoes and clothes all at reasonable prices. Certainly worth a peek. We found a boutique with a great selection of women’s Spring Court high tops, but the shopkeeper accused us of shoplifting, just after I gave her my business card… it was a cute boutique, I like the shoes, but I’m going to leave their name out. Sorry.


Between mirrored Jackie O style sunglasses from Tara Jamon, to classic paper masks in the shape of Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie), window shopping in itself was probably the nicest thing to do that day. I was tired from the day before, so a nice way to hide the puffiness in my eyes would be lovely.

Chats et Chiens….

I love cities that love their pets. I miss my kitties every single day. As a woman who can spend all day looking at Cute Overload and I Can Haz Cheezeburger… seeing all the adorable French Bulldogs is just lovely. Also, it’s always nice to see notices of kitties that have been found, I hope the owner sees this notice soon!

And of course, there is an American Apparel, a Muji (love), and a Ted Baker, but for the most part the neighborhood is streaming with lovely charm.

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17 comments for “A Day Le Marais…”

  1. THE FRENCH BULLDOG! love you for posting that picture ;D

    Posted by Susiii | June 15, 2008, 1:16 pm
  2. I wonder… if you don’t want to look like a big tourist, would walking around in Converse be the better comfy alternative?

    Last time I was there I forbade the husband from wearing sneakers of any kind but this may be a solution.


    Posted by Poochie | June 15, 2008, 3:26 pm
  3. oh yeah… i wore my repetto gladiator sandals that day, and they are the most comfortable shoes ever..
    that said, i must tell you, that they didn’t offer any support at all, and my feet are still hurting.

    yeah, i guess you might look like a big tourist, but fenke and i had a map and we were taking pictures of everything, and speaking english…. which i might say are also giveaways.

    Posted by jennine | June 15, 2008, 3:31 pm
  4. You’re a baby.

    Posted by Mothra | June 15, 2008, 10:23 pm
  5. It looks like you guys had a great time!! xxx

    Posted by Mer | June 16, 2008, 1:53 am
  6. baked good from Le Marais while i was in Melbourne…the despotic queen is not amused :)

    Posted by Imelda Matt | June 16, 2008, 2:45 am
  7. umm…
    i dont mean to correct you, but dont you mean ZIGGY stardust….?

    Posted by georgia | June 16, 2008, 5:19 am
  8. Even if you have maps and backpacks and serious walking apparel doesn’t necessarily give you away as a foreign tourist. Many french-other-than-paris-native people come to visit Paris. Not to mention those who work in Paris and live in the perif. Nevertheless if you’re a loud english talker, that’s surely a giveaway ;)

    Oh, those boutique freaks! Sometimes you get the awkward feeling in a french boutique. They know the ways to make you run your heart out with some rude observation! Sorry you had to put up with something like that. Me, last time, I almost got in a fight with a security guard who just wouldn’t mind his business and stalked us all around while we were trying out a bag!

    Posted by kpriss | June 16, 2008, 5:45 am
  9. I do adore le Marais so much… I discovered the best boulangerie in the world there (in my opinion)- Boulangerie Malineau.

    Oh Jennine you have made me unbelievably jealous, I miss Paris so much!

    Posted by pretty face | June 16, 2008, 12:02 pm
  10. The dog is so cute! :)

    Posted by Marie-laure | June 16, 2008, 1:12 pm
  11. It’s one of the best ways to while away a afternoon, don’t you think? I need my Paris fix soon…

    Posted by Cellar Door | June 16, 2008, 3:08 pm
  12. those sunnies are just like a pair I misplaced recently!

    and french bulldogs, awww… i’m such a bully breed lady!

    p.s. *loved* the bicycle shorts entry :) totally made my AM this weekend

    Posted by violetville | June 16, 2008, 6:45 pm
  13. It’s so fun to take inspiration from more abstract shapes and styles, like beautiful buildings and pretty pastries.

    Posted by Cammila | June 16, 2008, 7:19 pm
  14. Reading this post really makes me miss Paris. I was only there for a couple days and barely scratched its surface, but it was enough to fall in love with this beautiful city.

    While those Converse’s looked pretty cool, I just can’t get over wearing someone else’s shoes!! I am someone who brings their own bowling shoes to the alley :p

    Posted by MizzJ | June 16, 2008, 7:47 pm
  15. I can’t get past the cute doggie.

    Posted by WendyB | June 16, 2008, 9:46 pm
  16. Paris has the cutest dogs! We saw a ton of westies when we were there.

    Posted by Beth | June 16, 2008, 10:06 pm
  17. Love your pics…. I love Rag too!

    Posted by susie_bubble | June 17, 2008, 1:56 am

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