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{Just Lovely} Paris Part Two Rue du Pont Louis Philippe


Posted by Abbey on Mar 29, 2012

One of the highlights of my recent {and latest, oh yeah} trip to Paris was a trip to rue du Pont Louis Philippe, which is a tiny street that runs from the rue de Rivoli to the Seine, a distance of about 200 yards.

Because it is so tiny, and because it is located {quietly} between the very popular Marais and the equally inundated Ile St.-Louis, this street gets very little press, which is great for locally owned businesses that have been pushed out by international chains from the two other locations. And it is also great for visitors who want to explore a {little} bit off the beaten path, without going too far astray.

So what is so special about rue du Pont Louis Philippe? 

Well my dear lovely friend it is because its is totally packed with local artisans and designers..a fabulous variety of shops that feature high-quality, well-designed, locally made goods.

The first shop you’ll run into is Pierre Boisset, the perfect place to find a designer handbag made in France that costs just a fraction of the internationally known brands and is considerably more original. Farther along, at No. 16, is the C&P gallery, with a constantly changing collection of wearable art. Across the street, at No. 19, PCF Art et Societé was once the home of the neighborhood’s communist party but is now an art gallery with original works on paper.

As you continue along, there are a handful of jewelry stores selling very original pieces, some of them made from simple, affordable materials like wood, while other shops specialize in true jewels, with diamonds gracing their elegant displays.

But, as lovely as these other shops are, what I {and by proxy, mum} were seeking out were the stationery stores, the most uniquely French being Melodies Graphiques, at No. 10. With its tempting selection of sophisticated papers and quill pens, this Paris shop is a treasure trove of writing pleasures. Closely followed by Papier+ and then Calligrane.

I was in heaven. Parisian Paper Heaven.

More to come on Melodies Graphiques.

Back soon, AML xx

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