Jun 042010

Some of the most enjoyable moments in Paris happen purely by accident.  You look up and see something that takes your breath away.  This post includes a number of destinations that I found more by accident than planning, but thoroughly enjoyed once I discovered them.  All of them are located in central Paris.

1.  Repetto:  A French ballet shoe company that makes shoes for dancers and ballet flats for fashion-lovers.  I love the genuine theater feel of this store.  Located near the Opera Garnier, Repetto is located on the Rue de la Paix and features displays of tutus and pink satin that are so beautiful.  For those that love well-made ballet flats, these are beautifully made leather.  They’re gorgeously made with thin, elegant soles and a breathtaking range of colors.

On the day I went by, there were tutu’s on display in the front window that appeared to be leaping across a stage:

2. Laduree – makers of extraordinary macarons.  Although every French macaron I’ve tried has been delicious, there is something so wonderful about the Laduree variety.  My favorite this summer– Caramel Fleur de Sel— a sweet and salty confection that brings together the best of both worlds.

Sometimes I secretly wish one of my friends would get married, so I could persuade them to have a macaron wedding cake.  Is that taking love of macarons too far?

3.  Make Up For Ever- Paris My first real introduction to Make Up For Ever was in the Sephora Paris about ten years ago.  Since then, the line has invaded the U.S., much to my delight.  Here is the Make Up For Ever boutique in Paris, which is tucked away several blocks from the Arc de Triomphe:

How lovely and old world is this courtyard?  How cutting-edge is the makeup inside? I love the contrast.

4. Louis Vuitton boutiques:  There are several Louis Vuitton locations throughout Paris, and the service in each one that I’ve encountered has been excellent.  Here is one on the Champs Elysse, typically the busiest of them, with a line outside most of the time:

5.  Chanel:  There are at least three Chanel stand-alone boutiques in central Paris, but only one original boutique in the entire world.  This is at 31 Rue Cambon, where Coco Chanel began her design career and the company’s home has remained here through the present:

Always pristine, always welcoming, always beautiful. Always Chanel.

6. Lancome boutique:  On the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, there are several incredible boutiques, including Hermes, Yves St. Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana.  For makeup lovers, a visit to the Lancome boutique is a treat.  It’s spacious and serene, and of course stocked with European versions of Lancome’s products.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief stroll among some of these lovely destinations in Paris.   All photographs are mine.

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  13 Responses to “Beautiful Destinations in Central Paris”

  1. Just lovely. Thank you for taking the time to show us this lovely city.

  2. I have to say, I’ve never been to Paris, though I would simply DIE to go someday … and looking at your beautiful pictures has fueled the fire in me to make sure it is on my Bucket List 😉 Your shots are exquisite, and your descriptions are so full of detail … I’ve loved reading every bit of your visit & experiences 🙂

  3. Thank you Amy, I am ready to go back to Paris now. I have been kicking around the idea of going back this Fall with a girlfriend I think I’m now serious enough to start saving up for at least 5 days in Paris!

  4. Oh Thank You Amy! I loved looking at the photographs! I’m about as elegant as a hippo on roller skates but I do love looking at Ballet wear. Especially pointe shoes. Sigh!

  5. Thank you Amy, for these beautiful posts on Paris written so thoughtfully… to borrow your words AND Rachel Zoe’s: I DIE!!! But hope you have had a wonderful time there as well! 🙂

  6. Loved this post! I haven’t been to Paris (yet!), but I actually felt like I was there. Thanks for giving us the tour! 🙂

  7. gah I am LOVING these posts about Paris! Keep it up <3

  8. I enjoy very much your blog. I lived in Paris for many years, miss it a lot, thank you for all this Paris related articles, they are very pleasant and full of nice memories for em 🙂

  9. Next time you get there you have to go to Angelina’s for a very special hot chocolate with a delicious French pastry.

    • I love Angelina’s! I have yet to order the hot chocolate but will do so next time on your recommendation. Also, a Mont Blanc. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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