Tuesday, February 03, 2009

75007 Paris

Remember I mentioned PB reader, Susanne, who lives in the 7th arron.

Well yesterday I did it. I booked my March trip to Paris. And I'll be staying in Susanne's pied-a-terre. This gorgeous hunk of quiche we ate comes from the boulangerie right downstairs by the way.

Susanne has moved on to a tiny village in Vermont. Yes it's true. I wonder if she's taken her blue and white treasures with her. Or will I get a chance to paint them. Susanne's place is a flea market shoppers dream, in case you didn't already notice.


I took my camera into the loo, so I could show you all her treasures lurking everywhere.

Did I mention that Susanne's place is on the 6th floor?
I'm working out as I write this, prepping for climbing up those stairs.

I expect to collapse regularly into this cafe nearby.

Or this classic bistro - La Fontaine de Mars
129, rue St-Dominique

If I get homesick (never happens) there's the cafe Tribeca on rue Cler.

The fleamarket was closing by the time I got there but it looked terrific! I have to admit I've never been to rue Cler before. Dommage
(ext.3)For some reason I can't explain, I always procrastiinate like crazy booking my Air France ticket. And I always lose the AirFrance telephone number so I'm putting it here in bold type for next time
I did some research and discovered there are like are gazillion chocolatiers in the immediate vicinity of the appartment.WOW! A. Michel Chaudun‎ -149, Rue Université, 75007
Le Fleuriste du Chocolat‎ -49, Avenue La Bourdonnais, 75007 C. SAS Chocolaterie De Puyricard‎ - 27, Avenue Rapp, 75007
Les Petites Chocolatières‎ - 20, Rue Cler, 75007
E. Hévin Jean-Paul‎ - 23 Bis, Avenue La Motte Picquet, 75007
G. Renard Grégory‎ - 120, Rue St Dominique, 75007
H. A la Mère de Famille‎ - 47, rue Cler, 75007
I. La Maison du Chocolat‎ - 52, Rue François 1er, 75008
J. De Neuville SA‎ - 24, Rue Marbeuf, 75008
I know it's unseemly to say this but I cannot resist,

It's a very good thing I will have those millions of stairs to walk daily. If YOU have any suggestions of stuff I should do in the 7th do tell S.V.P.!BONNE REVE!


  1. Anonymous9:35 AM

    You MUST go to
    99, rue de Bac 75007
    No chocolates there but you will LOVE it!

  2. Anonymous9:37 AM

    And don't miss Stand Roger Zena for all the wacky Eiffel Tower souvenirs!!!
    Champs de Mars, Place Jacques Rueff

  3. Anonymous9:42 AM

    That's so great that you're going to Paris in March. I always delay making flight reservations as well, but I did just book for the month of April. I've found an apartment in the 6th and am so excited! When you're there in March, could you please alert us readers about any particularly wonderful art exhibits or brocantes coming up? Or even musical events in one of the historic buildings? You've created a monster....I'm dying to go to one of those chocolate festivals after seeing all your photos a few months back!
    Love your blog!
    P.S. I also want to paint there....do you have any suggestions for drop-in classes, other than La Grande Chaumiere?

  4. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Debauve & Gallais is a bit on the outter edge of the 7th but still a divine place...
    30 rue des Saints-Peres

  5. great news...enjoy your trip.

    i leave for italy the 15th of this month...doing the tuscany stuff and then south to visit family in rome and do things in-around. of course rome is not paris but it will be good to be back again.

  6. Anonymous9:56 AM

    DEYROLLE at 46, rue du bac
    I don't think you've ever mentioned it and it's definitely a must see!!

  7. Anonymous10:04 AM

    We usually stay just up the Avenue from you - Hotel Eber Mars with a view of the Eiffel Tower from our balcony - c'est magnifique!! and only 110Euros per night. Rue Cler just around the corner - great for breakfast, market shopping, etc. Bon Voyage!!!

  8. How fun. The time sure does roll around fast. seems like you were just going last fall.
    Why on earth would someone move to Vermont who had that view in Paris?

  9. Oh you are going to have a great time exploring this new neighborhood! How exciting and what a lovely place you have to stay in:)
    Cheers, Shelagh

  10. Anonymous10:43 AM

    The stairs will allow you to visit each and every chocolatier encore plus fois!!!

    PS Stumbled on your site yesterday. I am a painter, have lived in Paris, now NYC, and enjoy your thoughts. I started planning another visit this year just the other day with my fiancee...

  11. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Oh my god !!!
    C'est ça le vrai luxe !!!

  12. Anonymous10:46 AM

    OHHHH...what a beauty....love this kitty!!

  13. YIPPEEEE! So so very nice. March, hm...let me think.

  14. I'm so glad to hear about your upcoming Paris trip and look forward to being there with you via your photos and watercolors. I'm taking an oil painting class (I was inspired by you and this blog to learn to paint). I was thinking about doing an interior next (I need to work on my angles)--may I use your photo of the interior of the cafe? I love so many things about it and think it would make a charming small oil. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

  15. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and bookmarked it- love your paintings of all things paris, and I've loved Paris ever since studying there in '92..now I live in Munich, but was just there last weekend and stayed in Rue Cler neighborhood- its lovely!
    Funny, I just started a blog to document past travels, starting with Paris (and its the only post right now!) about the Rue Cler neighborhood- mostly just eating my way through it:)
    I also began a blog for my creative postings (Creative Every Day inspired me), but I'm not ready to distribute that:)
    Anyway, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in Paris! Dont forget to explore Le Marais arr. and you might also be interested in a neat little 'artists' shop called Carre D'Artistes- if you dont know it! (www.carredartistes.com)

    p.s. I now see my Laduree macaroons in a new light!

  16. I will gladly carry your bags and parcels up all of those stairs if you take me along!

  17. What an exciting time to look forward to. Exploring a new area will be a thrill. Please take lots of photos when you go. We all would love to be there with you, even if only in thought!

  18. Anonymous11:24 AM

    I'm adding your name to the Wait List.

  19. Wonderful post!
    My favorite cafe in the VIIeme is the Terrasse on the corner of Avenue Bosquet & Avenue de la Motte Piquet (right outside the Metro Ecole-Militaire). Directly across the street in a great stationer/book store.


  20. it's a first time, when it not a water color in a cover of the post!:))
    I am surprised!!:))
    I love yours blog!

  21. Anonymous1:14 PM

    I wanna be you!!!!! Only if I lose my job can I go before May.

  22. Anonymous1:16 PM

    How wonderful. You'll be in Paris eating , drinking, paining and photographing all the chocolates! While I'll be trying to get my new knee working.
    Hopefully we'll leave for France on April 1.
    xx Annie

  23. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Hi My name is Susan and I live in Charlotte North Carolina. I saw your site on paris artwork and I am going to Paris in May and June 2009. Could you tell me where I can find street art---watercolours especially --- in paris ??? I would like to buy really nice art and I don't know where the best place is to find it

  24. Anonymous1:18 PM

    Bonjour, Carol!

    I have been enjoying receiving your Paris Breakfasts blog daily since searching frantically on the Internet for a macaron fix a year or so ago. Thanks so much for brightening my mornings!

    I wanted to share with you, looking at the location of your intended next visit, that there is a wonderful Indo-Pak restaurant nearby on Avenue Rapp called New Jawad that was very convenient to a place we last stayed just around the corner from where it looks like you will be staying. We rented the lovely Fleurie from Paris Perfect on that particular trip.

    It was such a lovely neighborhood, and our two young children were able to play with other children at the smaller, lesser-known parks in the area. We had been contemplating a return in March during Spring Break since we are expecting our 3rd in July and we probably won't travel for another year ... your blog just gave me the oomph to look at frequent flyer ticket availability again!!

    A bien tot!

  25. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Oh! What a wonderful Parisian trip it will be for you. It's been just under a year since I've been... your lovely photos make me realize I'm in desperate need of a return, hehe.

  26. Did I say the wrong thing by asking to paint the cafe interior? I didn't mean to offend--I just like the image--I would only use it for my own entertainment and would certainly always tell people where the photo had come from.

  27. OMG lucky lucky you! I stay in the 8th when I go but I can't really recommend anything in the 7th. Oh, it's ALL good :)

    PS gave a shout-out to you on my blog - three year blogiversary!

  28. It sounds like great fun, Carol! What a wonderful spost it sounds like it will be. Can't wait for your trip to come along...

  29. It's fine KL to paint the interior
    Bien sur
    Big merci wonderlusting and congrats on your 3rd anniversaire
    AND THANK YOU for all the suggestions and keep them coming..
    The 7th is new to me. I've barely set foot there.
    Anyone who wants to come along and do the stairs is welcome.
    I'll be sleeping under the stairs...Shhhhhh

  30. Anonymous10:20 PM

    That little kitty is gorgeous!
    The pictures of the knic-knacs are priceless. Just the kind I like to see. Good job in the loo by the way!
    I can't wait for more In March

  31. Anonymous10:22 PM

    so happy for you,
    and for us,


  32. Anonymous1:46 AM

    wow have fun!:D i love the tassles on the cabinet handles!

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  34. Brava, I am happy for you that you are book and almost ready to fly the coop! :-)

    I wonder if the French count the floors like the Viennese and Romans do: they don't count the rez-de-chaussée - the American First Floor - and start only from the floor above, the American 2nd floor becoming the first floor, and so on.

    That "Fiori di Capri" perfume bottle speaks of sunny summer days on a beautiful island in the gulf of Neaples. I could need a few hours of sunshine to break up all they grey here.

  35. I am going to Paris in March to get away from the builders who are coming to install a new chimney and wood burning stove. I can't live with all that again.
    When are you going so hopefully we can meet up this time?

  36. Anonymous4:38 AM

    Paris 7e ?
    Many museums (Rodin/ Maillol/ Orsay/ Branly), gardens, monuments ...
    The exhibition about painter Séraphine de Senlis has been extended to end of March at Musée Maillol: www.museemaillol.com

    For more, ring the Mayor of 7e, our Secretary of Justice : Rachida Dati !!!

  37. Anonymous5:00 AM

    PS - Christian Constant runs 4 restaurants in rue St Dominique... you should not starve by there ...!

  38. oooo - i love the way you portrayed my hood! i live there too!!
    and thanks for all your wonderful comments on my blog!
    i just became a follower of yours!

  39. Anonymous4:22 PM

    What lovely photos! I've a passion for blue and white as well-an obsession passes down through the generations.
    The photo of your friend's blue and white mugs struck me as awfully familiar. I have a very similar, if not the same, collection of mugs. I worked for Crabtree and Evelyn for many years and collected the annual treasured startin in 1987.
    Love your site-beautiful paintings...


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