The cold , grey day with drizzly rain couldn't dampen my spirits as I headed out to explore the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements of Paris.
The first street I headed down from my apartment was shop upon shop full of designer menswear...exquisite suits, shirts. shoes etc..just beautiful!
My first place to see was Place des Vosges...it is the oldest planned square in Paris, originally known as the Place Royale, it was built as Royal residences in the 1600's. It has beautiful apartments on four sides surrounding a delightful park square with fountains and trees. It is right on the border of the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements.
From there I wandered and found myself at the Hotel du Sully...not a hotel as we know it, but it was a prestigious private residence built in the 1600's and now is a public building and has divine details on the outside...simply stunning!
I also managed to find a street that could almost be called my own...close enough with translation I think!!
I love just wandering the streets of Paris as you never quite know what you will come across around the next corner...maybe a little arcade full of cafes or an amazing green space, perfectly planted just to enjoy...
I wandered further into the historic part of the Marais into The Jewish quartier...beautiful shops and a whole street full of amazing food shops...selling what I have been told are the most amazing falafels ever...I am yet to find out for myself!
I continued to wander and found a beautiful creperie for lunch...a delicious chicken, cheese and mushroom galette (buckwheat savoury crepe)with basil and creme fraiche...mmmmm..oh and of course a glass of chardonnay!!!
I then went shopping...looking for some trinkets to bring home that won't fill up my suitcase too much!!
By this time it was nearing 5pm and I had been wandering the streets of Paris for 7 hours so I figured it was time to pick up some wine and a baguette to go with my cheese, avocado and tomato for dinner, and head towards home.
On my way to collect supplies I found another absolutely stunning park just around the corner from my apartment...one of the prettiest I have seen...Square du Temple, just across the road from the Mairie...the Mayors offices.
Back in my warm apartment, the rain has begun to fall heavily outside as I pour a glass of wine and reflect on my wonderful day walking the Marais...