Favourite Paris architecture
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

 “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Photo detail of Parisian door in 6th arrondissement.

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Photo detail of Parisian door in 6th arrondissement.

One of the perks of my London job, is frequent travel to Paris, of all places. These are usually hurried affairs, when One never actually gets to do anything, One actually wants to do. This time though, we decided to extend my visit and LSH (Long Suffering Husband) is joining me for a few days of folly.

Travelling is always a somewhat humiliating experience – and as I don’t really speak French, the potential for humiliation is virtually unlimited.

For example, I asked the taxi driver to take me to Rue des Beaux-Arts, he made a bee line for Rue de Mozart, which is on the other side of Paris! In any case, we don’t let little things like that bother us, stayed in the usual hotel and got light packing down to perfection for this trip.

Observing Parisian dress sense, their handbag choice, shoe style, etc is one of my favourite pastimes. (Do Parisians still know how to dress with the legendary Parisian finesse? Yes, they do, the French have a knack of elevating every day things into a form of art. We are catching up though, Londoners are now officially, some of the most tres chic people on the planet.)

Some things I admire about  Parisian style living: they understand the meaning of finesse, they take long, leisurely lunches, they drink their coffee sitting down, (no take away Starbucks,) rarely snack and of course they like to buy their Clothes ‘made in Europe’. They appreciate things, rather than just accumulate! Even if they have to pay a little more for quality, and god knows money is tight for all of us, right now. Of course there is still Monoprix, which is the closest they come to having ‘fast fashion‘.

Monoprix is the closest the French get to fast fashion. Some of it, is made in China, but the quality seemed good for the price and more importantly, the shapes are contemporary without being extreme.

Monoprix is the closest the French get to fast fashion. (Sadly some of it, is made in China) The quality seemed good for the price and more importantly, the shapes are contemporary without being extreme, so good place for basics. I am on a strict ‘fast fashion fast’ though, so will have to abstain.

Good fit, good fabric and simplicity are key to Parisian chic. I usually stop by Bon Marche, to check out the well dressed mannequins.

Good fit, good fabric and simplicity are key to Parisian chic. I usually stop by Bon Marche, to check out the well dressed mannequins.

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9 thoughts on “Paris: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”

  1. Virginia

    I did not realize your travels to Paris are often job related. Definately a perk! Did you see anything in Le Bon Marche to catch your eye? Good to know that Parisiennes are not falling victim to excessive fast fashion – Majestic Filitures anyone! Enjoy your stay.

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      1. Susan

        Lucky girl having to travel to Paris on business!
        The French dress in an understated but elegant and French-classic manner. I find French classic style more chic than American classic. American classic can be high end fabric and well made but lacks the chic element. I love the jeans and white shirt combination in your post. The black dresses look chic too. The question is, are they cut well? This would be the deciding factor for me.

      2. Virginia

        Wonderful. Do you think LSH would model for you? Would love to see a gentleman in something other than fast fashion!

  2. dottoressa

    What a wonderful job,Paris and working breakfasts at wolseley!!Have a beautiful day! Can’t wait to hear
    Don’t mind taxi drivers,just write down the adress and show them next time,I’m sure that your french is pretty good but it is very convenient for them to drive all around!
    Dottoressa

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      1. dottoressa

        You are simply too nice to people,they couldn’t all speek English perfectly! And yes,I know your pain,I always like to speak Italian with waiters who greet in Italian language in Italian restaurants,but then they turn to English :-). Well,well…..
        Dottoressa

  3. silkpathdiary

    How lucky! I hope you’re having a lovely time and that both work and shopping go well! I must say being able to get by with French has been invaluable. I’m sure you pick up the language more and more each time.

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