Wardrobe Planning: April in Paris (part 1)

Wardrobe Planning: April in Paris (part 1)

I’m indulging a little fantasy — one I hope will become reality. April in Paris. Bob and I have never been to Europe (never been anywhere except Mexico and the Bahamas) and I keep saying this is the year we figure out how to make it happen … although it still seems incredibly far-fetched for something that’s ostensibly happening in three months! Regardless of whether it’s daydreaming or advance planning, I’m using the idea of packing for that trip as motivation for a couple of other things:

  1. A firm deadline to complete the knitting of my Channel cardigan-in-progress. What better garment to wander the early-Spring streets of Paris in than this sweater? So I’m making it the focus of my imagined Paris packing list.
  2. A reason to start thinking about how I want to dress this late-Winter/early-Spring in general — i.e., what few pieces I might add, and are they to-buy or to-make? It would be lovely to be ahead of the game on the latter for a change. Plus I haven’t touched my sewing machine since August, so it’s wise to think through what best to make when I do.

Since I’m forever dreaming of a wardrobe so concise-yet-versatile that it would fit into a carry-on and combine into a thousand outfits, that’s what I’m aiming for here. I have a first draft of a proposed packing list (slash shopping list slash making list) in the form of that messy sketch up there, comprising 12-14 endlessly combinable garments. And I’ve also started sketching out some of the outfit combos in my beloved Fashionary notebook. I’m trying to strike a balance between having it all decided too far ahead of time (being over it by the time April gets here) and having it more-or-less-decided far enough in advance to have time to make the makes.

An embarrassingly long while ago, the lovely people at Brooklyn Tweed asked me if I might want to do a guest board for them at Pinterest, and since Jared Flood’s Channel Cardigan pattern is the centerpiece of this whole mental exercise, I’ve made this the subject of my pinboard. So far I’m collecting inspirational images, places to go while we’re there, garments I might want to have with me. I’ll be adding to it over the course of the next couple of months, if you’d like to follow along! Hopefully it will end with me actually standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in my Channel.

Of course I’ll have more to say about it all here as I zero in on the details. And if you’ve been to Paris and have recommendations, I’d love to hear them!


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70 thoughts on “Wardrobe Planning: April in Paris (part 1)

    • Agree with this a thousand percent–that sweater was made for this trip!

      Karen by coincidence I was hoping to go to Paris (first time) in April too. But circumstances conspired against it (boyfriend broke hand; I forgot to check passport expiration date). We’ll get there eventually but meanwhile I want to live vicariously through you so I hope you go!!

  1. Paris is beautiful and the food is phenomenal! However, pack your umbrella, Paris in April can be very wet! I hope your dream becomes your reality!

  2. First and foremost: the feet. You must have comfortable shoes that can take you through a full day of walking. If you don’t own such an animal then head right to the Mephisto store near l’Hotel de Ville. Last time I was there the prices were better than in the US. Sweet little restaurant: La Table Lauriston, a few blocks from the Trocadero. And, check for open knitting night at l’oisive thé. Wish I could join you!

  3. French women do not do tunics. Of any kind. They do shirts that button and belts. Your Channel cardie is great. Google Ines de la Fressange

    • I’m not French. ;) But I am a huge fan of Ines — will never forget the day I (a gawky non-Christie Brinkley-lookin’ teenager in the ’80s) saw the announcement that Karl Lagerfeld had hired a new face. Changed my life seeing her in a magazine, looking stunning and surreal.

  4. We went in April/May to Paris a couple of years ago for our 20th anniversary and it was colder than I thought it would be. Some days were beautiful, others cold and rainy. I hadn’t packed enough warm things and ended up wearing the same thin blazer/jacket everyday. It was the only ‘coat’ I had with me. I was grateful for the scarf I took. Your packing list looks good and the Channel Cardigan will be perfect (not to mention gorgeous), but add in a couple of warm things just in case.

  5. There is an avocado mango salad at a vegetarian restaurant called Le Grenier de Notre Dame that is spectacular and a lovely light lunch or snack during a stroll along the Seine (The other food was delicious too, but if one isn’t a vegetarian like I am, well…you probably have other interests!).

  6. There’s always LasVegas. Don’t they have Paris there? Half the states in the US have a city named Paris…and I’m so glad you’re planning comfortable shoes….

  7. How fun, I hope you get to go. Plan for rain! April weather can be quite variable, like spring is in many places, so plan for anything from winter to summer temps. And you don’t have to try and dress like you’re French, in case that’s not obvious. And wear shoes you can really walk in. If you go, I recommend checking Brancusi’s studio. It’s a small museum in a small building beside the Pompidou. It’s on the side with the escalators near the hill where everyone sits. And Les Bateaux Mouches are a great thing to do early on in your trip because you’ll get a sense of how the city is laid out. There are a lot of fabric vendors near Gare du Nord and Montmartre.

    Also, like any big city you have to be wary about theft and my experience is that the strategies the thieves use are different in Paris etc than in NYC etc., so you have to re-hone your city instincts. Beware of distractions and incongruous sudden crowds, for example when entering the metro. I hope this doesn’t come across poorly but I’ve seen a lot of city-savvy North Americans get tricked by the different tactics in large European cities so I think being prepared is good.

    • Thank you, yes, I’m not planning to try to look like I think I’m French! Just dressing the way I dress, which let’s face it, has always been heavily influenced by Parisian style stereotypes.

  8. Dear Karen, wonderful dreams! Hope they come true for you.
    3 Shops for fiber and fabric lovers I would like to recommend: la droguerie (near Les Halles), la mercerie parisienne (near the Bastille) and Lil Weasel (near the Louvre). Last one is a shop in the beautiful “passages” (kind of former shopping mall in 1900). This article explains more about it: https://www.timeout.com/paris/en/shopping/les-passages-couverts-1
    Hope these links may help and make it clear, that you MUST visit Paris as soon as you can ;-)
    Thank you for this wonderful pinboard. I indulge with you. Oh, I have to say, that Paris is really dirty- maybe these shoes are only made for the visit in a museum ;-)
    Love to follow you here, Mirjam

  9. As others have said, Paris can be wet. You will need a hooded raincoat and probably an umbrella. Also, their sidewalks are not like ours and are loaded with hazards. You will need some sturdy shoes with good soles. Otherwise, the food is great and it is a fun city.

  10. Raincoat, cross-body purse,( big enough to stuff a camera and some souvenirs in) a classy hat, (works to cover up wind-blown hair and offer shade), a chic pair of sunglasses! What to do….google “Off the Beaten Path” things to do in Paris, maybe National Geographic tops list of things to do in Paris, there is also usually a list of “Free things to Do in ……….” .Have a fabulous trip, even if only in your mind!

  11. Cheryl’s right: April in Paris is beautiful, but can be wet — and cold! The Channel sweater will be wonderful for warmth and the necessary chic, but I’d recommend that you consider packing/making a scarf (long) of fingering or laceweight yarn that’s some blend of alpaca, silk, wool or cashmere and acquiring (unless you already have) some form of base layer undershirt in a technical fabric (Uniqlo’s Heattech line weighs nothing but does a great job without bulk.) And please think about at least one pair of boots! Looking forward to seeing photos of you glowingly enjoying Paris!

      • Aha! (I was looking at the post on a very small screen. :-)) With that scarf, you’re set! :-) Consider a day trip (45 mins by train) from Paris to Giverny to see Monet’s home and garden. Fewer crowds that time of year (still, go early in the day) and the house is beautiful, too! Bon voyage!

  12. Flat shoes are always a must in Paris, just because you can actually walk between a lot of the tourist sites. I recommend the free walking tour to all visitors http://www.neweuropetours.eu/paris/en/home# (Basically you tip your tour guide at the end if you think it was worth it). You get to see a lot of the tourist things and gather your bearing before delving into them deeper.

    French style is very easy-going and natural. Personnally I think you have the style down!

    One of my favourite fabric stores is Anna Ka Bazaar (http://www.annakabazaar.com/) in the Bastille area or l’Oisive The (http://www.loisivethe.com/) in the 13th district. You need to go to Sacré Cour and see the view as well! And the best bit is there are lots of fabric stores around it!

    Great restaurant I tried recently was Les Fabricants (61 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris) . It’s pretty authentic (so large portions – the veal milanese was ridiculous! I stuck with a large salad of cheese, cured ham and potatoes. The restaurant adapts its menu for vegetariens too btw) and very popular, so it can be a bit loud. But the food was really good. If you like cheese and potatoes you’re in for a treat

  13. Dear Karen, I’m so thrilled you are considering a trip to my town. I hope your dream come true !
    If you really come, I’d be happy to help in any way.
    And don’t forget to have a cup of tee at L’Oisivethé, best place to knit in Paris !
    PS : can’t wait to see how your spring wardrobe goes, it’s always very inspirational.
    For some advice on how to pack light and versatile, Style Bee made a wonderful post last year when she travelled to Europe, you should (re)read it.

    • I second this!

      And sometimes they have chamber music concerts in the museum, if that’s your thing.

  14. Everything in Paris feels fancy, even when it’s not. I loved visiting the markets on Rue Cler, near the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful cheese shops, fruit and veg, meat — amazing. One evening we made a meal from things at the market: the best rotisserie chicken I’ve ever had, beautiful cheese, some wine, and some fruit. We even went back to buy cheese, which the shop shrink-wrapped for us to take back to the U.S.! That little street was my favorite part of my visit to Paris. (Also the Water Lily paintings at Musee de l’Orangerie).

  15. I love the power of the mental image of you standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in your WIP sweater in the spring- fabulous, specific, motivating image – go get em!!!

  16. Paris is an amazing city. Have a wonderful time!
    Musee d’Orsay and the Picasso Museum would be my two favourite museums.
    I also thoroughly recommend a second hand clothing store called Come on Eileen. But there are amazing vintage stores everywhere with very special finds in them.
    There’s also many fabric stores near the Anvers Metro station. And this shop which I never got to but I was told sells vintage yarn:
    Tissus de Gilles
    156 rue de la Roquette
    Paris 11ème
    And you should go and see the beautiful stained glass windows in Saint Chappelle.
    Bon voyage!

  17. Definitely la droguerie. But how about heading to Edinburgh in March for Wool Week? More my style, I must confess, than the crowds in Paris.

  18. Paris is the best. I was lucky enough to live there for a few years in my 20s. You will love it and you will want to back again, and again. A good place to wander and wander and make your own small discoveries … places that might not be listed in any article or guide book.

  19. Once you know where you are staying I can give you restaurant suggestions. Be sure to take wool leggings or silk long underwear. They can be lifesavers in chilly Paris. We like using the bus, as opposed to the metro, as a good way of seeing the city and being able to hop off if something looks interesting. Champagne tasting at Galleries Lafayette.

  20. Luxembourg Gardens! – Stay in a pensionne (sp?) not a hotel – Walk Walk Walk! And Do It! You will never regret going – So many Americans think the French are rude – but I have never ever found that to be true! I’m taking my granddaughter when she’s older.

  21. I find it really difficult to stay away from shopping in Paris now that I’m conscious of the sustainability aspects. There are good vintage stores, luckily, and I liked the French ethical fashion chain Ekyog which you can find in several parts of Paris. Nobody mentioned Les Gobelins do far, if you’re into tapestry weaving (historical and present), that’s really nice. And if you’re into French vin nature, one of the oldest wine stores is caves Augé. I loved that place.

  22. Karen!!! I am going to be in Paris this April!!! (I’ve been there twice.) I am going to carefully read everyone’s suggestions! Oooh la la!

  23. As someone who never was really interested in Pais (I know?!) my advice…JUST GO! It’s beyond words…

  24. Oh yeah, my husband talked me into it, so we went…Again, amazing city ( and I am not crazy about cities,at all)

  25. Oh yes please go to Paris!! You will hopefully have a fabulous time (and we can see your photos later).
    I was there right around 1 May last year and was woefully underdressed. It felt like I was wearing everything I brought every single day. I should have just bought a coat there but was really short on time.
    Another year it could have been 10 degrees (Celsius) warmer there at that time … so watching the 14 day weather forecast will be key before the trip.
    If you are a museum person look into the evening hours. More Parisians, no bus tours, and sometimes free entry.
    Paris is going to be great!
    I recommend reading David Lebovitz’ blog – he has lots of useful info on visiting Paris, restaurants etc.

  26. I spent 10 days in paris about six years ago. I packed for rain and cold like everyone advises- it was blazing sun and sweltering hot. I wore the same black t-shirt and capris every day and didn’t care. Paris was life changing.

  27. How fun, I live in Paris so I’ll use your board as an inspiration about what to wear this Spring. I hope you can make it! Paris April weather can change drastically in a matter of hours, so better plan on several layers you can peal off if it gets sunny in the Tuileries garden or bundle up if it gets windy on top of the Eiffel Tower 😀 You’ll definitely want to have nice clothes (casual chic, no one wear a cocktail dress at the Opera except Japanese tourists which is super cute but overdressed) but make sure you pack some walking shoes (by that, I mean cute flats like ballets as opposed to heels! Socks in birkenstocks are a big no-no) because you end up walking miles in this city! Don’t forget your shades and a cute but pratical purse that closes well and that you can keep in front of you, also make sure it’s not too big: museums don’t allow large backpacks for security reasons.

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  29. I rarely shop in Paris — I just live here :) The shopping in Milan is better, lovely wool in Italy. Paris is better for shoes :)

    My tips:
    1) Americans always say you need sturdy shoes; I don’t know, for me and most
    Parisians I think any shoes are fine. I go everywhere in ballerinas or my trainers if it’s raining. (Nike, Vera, Adidas, are there popular marks here.) Having the extra protective sole put on your ballerinas/leather shoes by the shoemaker makes them sturdier.
    2) You do want base layers. Hanro do wool and wool/silk ones, very good quality, last years, perhaps a bit spendy at €40+. I am originally Canadian from close to the Arctic, so the price is worth it just for visits home.
    3) Umbrellas — look for brand Fulton, I believe it is British. Got my lightweight city umbrella for £20 in London years ago, the button that opens and closes it is very handy and it’s very lightweight. Few will wear a raincoat; maybe a waxed cotton trench or cotton/polyester blend, but rubberised no — too uncomfortable and heavy indoors, in the metro, etc. Although sometimes you do see the Petit Bateau one around.

    And I know lingerie making isn’t overly your thing, but Louise Feuillière — she offers courses as well as beautiful items to buy. http://www.louisefeuillere.com/

    • You know, it’s funny about the shoes. When I lived in Paris for a while, I walked everywhere and wore shoes no different than at any other time in my life, and it was fine, so I felt like you — why do American travelers make a big deal about footwear? But then in the years since, I’ve come back as a traveler and been totally blasé(e) about what shoes I brought… and I lived to regret it!

      I still don’t quite understand how it works, but I think you just do a lot more walking (with fewer quiet days) when traveling, even if you thought you were a big walker when you lived in the city. And I can say from bitter experience, it’s no fun having limited time to visit and feet that are very angry with you from the day before’s adventures! So I have reluctantly come to agree that shoes you can walk a lot in, for days on end, are important.

  30. As per Naomi – don’t miss San Chappelle. Not just for the stained glass but for the upper chapel where every surface is carved and painted. And you have a floor thing? The floor is the most interesting kind of inlays of colored clay bodies . . . I’ll keep a close watch on your instagram – hoping – my souvenir booklet didn’t show it! Notre Dame was big and cold compared to this gem. Bon Voyage!

  31. I went to Paris last September and spent the months before gleefully planning my packing wardrobe! Here are a few things I’m keeping in mind for next time:
    – The black high-waisted jeans (Industry Standard) that I brought along were an awesome choice, as were my white leather sneakers (ecco), but next time I’ll also bring a dressier version of each.
    – Bring a medium sized tote bag with comfy, strong straps because the smaller cross body purse that I brought was too small to carry everything I needed while exploring the city (sketch book, water bottle, umbrella, phrase book, etc). I bought a simple tote bag for $15 and it did the trick, but it wasn’t sturdy and I noticed that only the younger crowd used this type of bag for anything other than groceries.
    And some non-wardrobe related things, too:
    – I’m sad that I didn’t make it to any fabric stores! I didn’t want to drag my husband along or to be forced to rush, so I skipped it altogether. Next trip I will definitely make the time to check them out!
    – There’s no need to purchase an international phone plan from a US provider; simply bring your passport and iPhone to any Orange store in Paris and buy a SIM card there.
    – Make sure the AirBnB has an elevator because tiny, top floor apartments are adorable, but 5+ flights of stairs are not….
    – The best falafel I’ve ever had can be found in Le Marais (4ème) on Rue de Rosiers, a little alley full of falafel places. We tried a couple different spots, and by FAR the tastiest was L’As du Fallafel (I wish we would have skipped the other place). We ordered from their street-side window and ate standing up. It was one of the best meals we had in Paris.

  32. Oh! La Samaritaine – Art Deco department store. So beautiful – and it had an art supply section that sold Sennelier oils! I realized it had closed when I saw its empty beauty in the film, “Holy Motors.” LVMH is planning to reopen it. They may not have Sennelier, but they’d be fools to have messed too much with those bones.

  33. I second what others have said, including falafel, riding buses, walking and wandering, Les Gobelins, visiting one or more of the “passages” (19th c shopping mall precursors), the Sainte Chapelle, checking the weather because April can be *cold* and rainy, the indispensability of a good compact umbrella, etc!

    In no particular order, my own personal tips and faves…

    – Stay in an apartment (AirBnB or whatever), not a hotel; learn about the neighborhoods in the higher-numbered arrondissements if you want to stay where “regular” people live, rather than in the high-rent (and tourist-y) districts near the center of the city (but, if you’re doing tourist things, it will be more of a schlep every day)
    – My favorite person to read on Parisian food (and food culture) is Clotilde Dusoulier (http://chocolateandzucchini.com/) — she has a useful page of Paris resources, and publishes updates to the book she wrote on eating in Paris (see her books page for links to the book’s mini-site)
    – Of the big museums, the Orsay is my favorite. But my heart belongs to the smaller/specialized museums: Musée Carnavalet, Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso, Musée Gustave Moreau… look for one of the comprehensive lists of all the 130-odd Paris museums and pick something quirky to explore.
    – Check for current exhibitions put on by the Palais Galliera (national museum of fashion — does exhibitions only and is closed in between shows)
    – Check out http://www.offi.fr/ and marvel at how many things are happening the week you’re there, then by all means go to that gallery show or concert or exhibition
    – Go see a movie! Paris has what seems like a zillion independent theaters that on any given week are showing all manner of films, classic and new, from all over the world. This site has good advice on film-going in Paris: http://www.secretsofparis.com/paris-cinema/, though sadly the print editions of the venerable Pariscope are no more as of this past October
    – People-watch in the Jardins de Luxembourg (assuming it’s not raining!)

    I could go on, but I’ll stop there. I hope your dream becomes a reality, whether it’s this year or not. Paris is one of the places in the world I never tire of visiting!

  34. The view from the Eiffel Tower is amazing, but even better is the view of the city at night from atop the Arc de Triomphe. Much less expensive too, particularly if you purchase a multi-day museum pass, which not only saves money but also allows you to avoid a lot of time waiting in line. http://booking.parisinfo.com/il4-offer_i148-paris-museum-pass.aspx. Also, I wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to have crepes from a street vendor when you need just a little a something to hold you over to your next meal. Hope you make it there soon. Bon voyage!

  35. I haven’t read through all of the recommendations for places to visit so these may be duplicates: the Rodin Museum (http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/home) and the Picasso Museum (http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/informations/practical-information/). They’re both smallish, tucked away, and full of delight — pending your taste.

    If you like the Impressionists and have the time for adventure, visit Giverny, a short train ride outside of the city (http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny-2/). There are many museums (d’Orsay, l’Orangerie) you could go to instead, but if you’re at all into gardening, seeing the actual world of many of Monet’s paintings is spectacular. (Versailles is similarly close, and awe-inspiring, if very, very different.)

    Shakespeare Bookstore is right by Notre Dame and wonderful and tattered, but — as would become obvious once you step inside — also the center of Paris. Also, I echo anyone who’s suggested Sacre Coeur and the neighboring Montmarte area, especially if you like Amelie…

  36. Airbnb is a great way to really feel like you live in Paris, plus it can be so much more affordable, esp. since you have a kitchen, can shop at wonderful markets, etc. And if you can get it together to Airbnb your own place while you’re away, it’s even more affordable ! (This is how we’ve been able to travel extensively with our two preteens on a single nonprofit salary.) Also, check out skyscanner for flights–think creatively about routing. Take Norwegian or Icelandair to get to Europe, then RyanAir to get to Paris. If you’re flexible, you can get to Europe for less $ than a cross-country flight!

  37. I went to Paris solo in 2011 before continuing on to the south of France for a study abroad program. Since I had just finished my sophomore year of college, my budget was tight so I unfortunately don’t have any food recommendations. I lived off croissants and baguettes from my hostel’s breakfast bar, augmented by apples from the market and sandwiches for dinner haha. But, I do have some recommendations for sight-seeing! Montmartre was an amazing neighborhood and Sacre-Coer is absolutely stunning. I also loved Versailles and would highly recommend it, even though it is an extra trip out of town. If you want to see the big tourist sights (which I did, because I felt it was sort of obligatory if I was going to be in Paris) I would recommend the museum pass, which is cheaper than buying all the entrance tickets separately and in some places lets you jump to the front of the line. However, if I were to go back again I don’t know that I would take the time going through the Louvre or Notre Dame, or climbing up into L’Arc de Triomphe or the Eifle Tower. Those sights can be seen just fine from outside, and I think wandering through the streets would be a more enjoyable way to spend time. Taking the subway is super simple (I thought) and I loved it, but I’m also a public transit nerd. Beware of pick-pockets, don’t keep anything in outside pockets, pants pockets, or coat pockets. I had a cross body bag and kept everything inside the main pocket that could only be accessed by lifting up the top flap. And I kept one arm over it the majority of the time. Maybe a bit paranoid, but better than having to deal with stolen credit cards or passports. On a happier note, I hope you get a chance to go and that you have a good time! I loved it there, and I’m daydreaming of going back again some day.

  38. Whatever you decide, remember this is an election year, and with the far-right leading in the polls, I would stay clear of the week prior and after the election, which promises to be controversial here as well. Even if Le Pen clearly stated she would not allow for the kind of protests happening in the U.S right now, there would be some if she wins (which seems highly possible regardless of what people think). And yes, violence against tourists has increased, so don’t wear your camera around your neck and don’t put wallets in backside pockets (for men). Pickpockets flourish in the metro, just be careful and do not draw attention to yourself wherever you go.
    That being said, Paris is gorgeous, and I recommend walking along the banks of the Seine for a true Parisian experience (not at night time). Start at the Louvre and walk towards Notre-Dame, there is nothing like it.

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  41. Hi Karen! I’m a bit late to the comment party, but I love that you will be coming to Paris! I’ve been living here for the past two years, and there is no denying that this city is intoxicating. No matter how many recommendations you get, you’ll never get them all. After two years of diligent efforts, I feel I’ve only just scratched the surface on all there is to see and do (and eat!). With that in mind, my best recommendation is come ready to enjoy and then do just that–no pressure, no checklist (except perhaps knit night). I hope to get a chance to meet you (maybe at L’Oisivethe?) while you are in town. Your knitting the Channel Cardigan has inspired me to do the same. I have loved the pattern from day one, but oh the work! Please share your progress if you think of it–nudges appreciated! Warmest wishes and happy dreaming/planning!

  42. For souvenirs, check out the scarf vendors outside the BHV. Beautiful silk scarves for around 10 Euros. I wish I’d brought home an armful! (For beautiful French kitchen linens, go inside the BHV – 3rd floor, I think. They’re gorgeous!)

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  44. Paris est une ville magnifique où tu vas pouvoir trouver ton bonheur en laine.
    vas donc voir La Droguerie au 9-11 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris. Site : http://www.ladroguerie.com. Ils vendent de superbes laines et proposent des modèles splendides qui devraient te plaire. Je vis près de Bordeaux et cette boutique existe dans plusieurs villes . je suis Fan ! Je suis trop contente que tu aimes ma langue et tu vas découvrir mon pays en commençant par la plus belle ville. Mais les campagnes sont très belles aussi.
    Je vis dans une région qui s’appelle les landes. Regarde sur une carte. Je vis au bord de l’océan et profite de la nature tous les jours. Bientôt les forêts de pins vont cracher leur pollen et tout va devenir jaune ! Prend quelques pulls car Avril peux être frais à Paris.
    Bonne journée et ravie de ta venue en France.

  45. One word: Calligrane. At 6, rue du Pont Louis Philippe. This street has other paper stores, but Calligrane has 3 in a row, each specializing in different types of paper that will make your heart beat fast. And since you love textiles, I think this would be a place definitely worth adding to your list. It’s been quite some time since I went, but I looked it up on line….and things look fantastically the same. Have a wonderful trip, a macaron or 2, an espresso and make memories to last a lifetime! There truly is no place like Paris.

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