My BFF and I are in Paris to celebrate a milestone birthday so I’m going to attempt to throw a few posts up while we’re here. That’s us outside the Pigalle Metro station, one of many designed by Art Nouveau master Hector Guimard around 1900.
The Pigalle is widely known as the City’s red light district although we saw little evidence of that as we ducked in and out of vintage clothing and decor shops, happily ambling with no tourist agenda other than finding a decent vegetarian lunch (no luck).
Our walk took us down toward the Opera and we stopped into the venerable Galeries Lafayette, a grand, grand old department store celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with an over-the-top display of elaborate windows and a striking Swarovski christmas tree. The store is laid-out as a series of galleries surrounding a soaring atrium topped by a magnifcent stained-glass, domed ceiling. Unlike in Canada, department stores remain a big deal in Paris (below is the nearby Au Printemps).
As night fell the streets teemed with people leaving work, shopping, heading into restaurants. With yesterday’s flight behind us, today we’ll hit the ground running and hopefully I’ll have more to share tomorrow. Until then . . .