Sadly I have never been outside of the Charles de Gaulle airport, however, I have always wanted to visit Hotel L'Alsace where Oscar Wilde uttered his famous last words, "This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do" :) Have a sip of Absinthe for me!
For sewing / modern fashion recommendations for Paris, read A Challenging Sew - she has several recent blog posts detailing her recent amazing trip to Paris and all the shops and ateliers she visited. I can't make any recommendations from a vintage perspective - though I do believe the bigger markets on the outskirts are supposed to have vintage goods - but I did see a couple of vintage shops in the marais district when I was in Paris a few months ago.
Thank you, lovelies!! My fiance is French and lived in Paris for a while, so he's had some swell ideas, too, but I am eager to get as many tips and ideas from non-Parisians, as well, so this is great! Merci!
I recommend the flea market in Porte de Vanves and also the famous Marche de Clignancourt. Vintage and antique clothing at both tend to be pretty expensive, but if you go to the right parts of Clignancourt you can find a few deals. I also really love the Musee D'Orsay and the fashion museum, Musee Galliera (which had an exhibition on the New Look when I went there). Have fun!
Also the bars and cafés that Fitzgerald and Hemingway frequented are still open for business, Brasserie Lipp and so on (there are many lists on the internet) and Shakespeare and Co is a really nice English bookstore Hemingway went to. Deyrolle is a store that sells taxidermy (and it was in "Midnight in Paris"). There are many Django Reinhardt/gypsy jazz places throughout Paris (one is in le marche de Clignancourt). I could go on and on. My list of places to go in Paris was 50+ places strong and we didn't get to half of them.
THANK you, Amanda! Musee D'Orsay is at the top of our list....adding the others. :D.
How terrifically exciting!!! I've never been to Paris (or anywhere in France) myself, so I can't speak firsthand here yet, I'm afraid. Fingers crossed I can follow in your footsteps and see the City of Lights one day, too.Have a safe, joyful trip!♥ Jessica
Thanks for your kind wishes, Jessica! I visited Paris for a whirlwind two days and one night back in 1997. I got to go up the Eiffel Tower, see the Louvre, and so forth during that trip, so this time, I'm all about seeing some of the more hidden gems. Perhaps I will blog about my adventures! Happy Holidays!
At the Marche au Puces Clignancourt, try Jules Valles, Malik Market and La Passage for vintage clothing. Get there early so you have time to enjoy yourself - it's huge! When you arrive, move quickly through the street vendors to get to the markets inside. And if you find some cool shops - would you please name them for us? I didn't do that and will have to return by memory !!Musee de la Mode et du Textiles at the Louvre, and Musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Palais Galliera are two fabulous museums. Have a wonderful time, bon voyage !
Have a great time! Hope you find some treasures and bring lots back! Can't wait for your travel blog. I do know someone that still finds antique buttons in their velvet original cases, I had no idea they came like that! She didn't say where she shopped!
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