I went to the Rue du Commerce yesterday, which I’ve heard is the place to shop if you’re visiting Paris (I’ve heard this largely from fellow bloggers).
I wasn’t disappointed! I was surprised that I seemed to be the only foreigner on the street, though. It’s fairly close to the Eiffel Tower, but not so close that there are a lot of tourists. Everyone shopping was obviously Parisian, going about their daily routine. Picking up bread here, fruits and vegetables there, maybe a new pair of shoes over there. It was great to see!
David and I are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary on Monday, May 18th, so I knew I wanted to purchase a new dress for the occasion. In addition, my sandal straps snapped before we left and I was hoping to get a new pair. I’m happy to say I was successful on both accounts :).
Take a peak below for some pictures from my excursion!
Okay, so this picture was actually taken at the Place d’Italie metro stop. David and I had gone to Italie Deux the day before to see if there were any shoe stores. We were horribly unsuccessful – all the sandals were far too big!
There was a wonderful market that I stopped in at to pick up a few things. Couldn’t believe the vibrant colours.
I went into this artisan boulangerie, as it was titled, to pick up some bread. I ended up leaving with a couple of chocolate-filled mini baguettes (not pictured). They were divine.
I also visited a cheese store. I walked in and it was like a wall of cheese smell (not all good smells, let me tell you). There were some rather fuzzy looking cheese wheels.
There was also a boucherie (butcher shop) that was crammed with people.
I stopped here for a time while I munched on my baguette. It was a really lovely little park, with a water fountain at the end and a lot of pigeons. There were also several young children playing soccer.
The two dresses I bought! I’ll be honest, most of the dresses I found were far too expensive for my practical tastes… so I ended up buying one dress (on the left) at H&M and the other dress (on the right) at Gap. Considering I purchased them where many Parisians seem to do the bulk of their shopping, I think it still counts as Parisian style ;).A bit blurry, but oh well.
I also bought a pair of sandals in a children’s shoe store (I have really tiny feet…). I don’t think they look like children’s shoes, though. And they’re super comfortable!
So that was my first big adventure in Paris, all alone! A great success, if I do say so myself.
Stay tuned for our adventures to the Musée de l’Armee and the Eiffel Tower, coming up tomorrow, I hope! 🙂