Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Bon Marche - le Rois des Forêts

 


Last night post-postal 📮 run, I went to see Bon Marché fabulous holiday decorations. It’s usually a celebration of the l’arbre de Noël. Last year the trees were green. 

This year they are snow-covered and sparkly. 

Looking up and looking down from the escalator.

                                And at eye-level. 

Bon Marché in a snow globe. 

A fabulous pile of white and gold Guerlain perfume bottles. 

Inside the Grand Epicerie next door, mountains of Italian panettone. The French are mad for it. In New York I never even tasted it. Now I can’t keep my paws off it - the mini single-servings (more like a cupcake) are hard to resist. 

Grand Epicerie‘s macarons have always been superb. These are the big ones. The colors! 

A fir tree gateau to match the store decorations. 

Why are the staff always more chic than the customers? I was looking rag-tag after a day of shipping out Marie-Antoinette 💌 letters...ahem. 

The good news is they left me alone to shoot📸 whatever I liked 😃 Particularly the luxe perfume bottles. 

I’m obsessed with painting perfume!

Outside beautiful, sparkly lights. An even better light show in front of my house by the Seine. A French guy, talking on his phone, waltzed by, completely missing the beauty of the night. He asked if I was OK? Never better❤️ Thank you for keeping Bear in Paris 🐻💋

26 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

Sparkly everything!

Ga From Dekalb said...

My favorite department store in Paris! Such elegance and for me easier to navigate than the others.
As usual beautiful photos Carol.
Thank you.

Tonia said...

Oh gosh; those Guerlain bottles! Those colours! Just mouthwatering, all of it!

Sybille said...

The windows!...pistachio panettone!...chocolate trees!...camélias on trees!...perfume bottles!!...cakes with trees!...I want it all!

Lawrence said...

Your pics of the Seine at night are awesomely beautiful...post more please !

Jeanie said...

Oh, how I'd love to see those displays in person! All those fabulous lights -- they take my breath away!

Normajean said...

SO Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

CarolP said...

How wonderful. You've made my Christmas "shopping." Here in Chicago the downtown is virtually closed. Windows boarded up, no decorations. So sad. Stay healthy.

Sally V said...

“Never better!”
What a fine reply. It was a snow globe here for about 10 minutes this morning. My love of flocked trees came from Paris. Will put up mine today.

Sharon said...

Paris is soooo beautiful at Christmas! I wish I was there. Glad you are and are sharing it's beauty.Thank you.

Mira said...

Lovely photos. Are there many people in the stores? Are most people wearing masks.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Yes of course
There is security at the door.
You cannot enter without masks Mira
And I wouldnt be there if it was otherwise.

AT said...

Thank you! A real spirit-lifter!

Bonnie L said...

Thank you for fulfilling my Paris yearnings...sigh...so many memories of Christmas in Paris...the most festive place in the world to spend the holidays, imho. Please eat a hunk of that pistachio panettone for me...and the macarons...and the gateaux.

That was very thoughtful of M Frenchie to check on your well being. I love that. ❤️

Joan S said...

What a lovely email - Paris looks good enough to eat!!!

sukicart said...

Oh my! It all looks so elegant and blingy. Thanks for sharing the beauty, especially the Seine. Holding my breath until April.

Bonnie girl said...

Wonderful post on BM/LGE...made me very nostalgic.
Was it last year, or year before that the trees were upside down?? I like them right side up!

NJP said...

The staff do indeed look chic - no doubt because they do not eat those fabulous looking large macaroons or the glorious panetone...

Ann K said...

Absolutely FABULOUS
FANTASTIC
YOU MAKE OUR DAY.

Lora L said...

the photos of bon marche just about did me in! My absolute favorite store, many wonderful memories of Christmas shopping! We always stayed at the Lutetia, would be there now if only...... but thank you for the great photos

Jane Gabin said...

Liked the Bon Marché stuff! Liked the bunny on the escalator holding a shopping bag.
I have a Guerlain bottle. Divine!
Your night photography is gorgeous!

Parisbreakfasts said...

What bunny on the escalator?
Ohhhh on the catalog cover!
Always so observant

Parisbreakfasts said...

PS
Paris Nights are gorgeous.
I have nothing to do with it but thanks anyway

Marilyn S said...

Love panettone. It makes a good bread pudding or good with coffee or tea.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I recently bought a mini and it gave me a tummy ache...so I am no longer indulging daily I’m very happy to report :))

TN said...

Thank you for the joy of Paris! I miss it always!!