Last day in Paris, on this trip

cafeWe really just spent the day walking, talking, eating and shopping.  Started our day at Cuisine de Bar where I have had countless lunches but today we did breakfast.  Kicking off the day with a cafe au lait of this size is crazy.  The rest of the day including some my favorite activities.  Seeing what is happening on the streets of Paris is always interesting.  Lots of sneakers.  Lots of silver.

Colette has always been on the cutting edge.  There is a reason to walk into that store every time I come to Paris.  That is how retailers need to think.  The mannequins that stand on the 2nd floor are being re-dressed almost daily.  They are showing a look to wear and highlighting fashion of the moment.  I want to see what they are thinking.

At Colette they had an art installation from Blair Chivers.  They are always bringing in artists to participate in a store event.  His pieces covered the walls of the third floor and you could buy them.  Another reason to go back.  Barney’s could take a cue from this.

Even at Bon Marche, something similar to what Bloomingdales does, is create and curate different concepts.  Draws the people in.

cabbageOur last meal was at Bistrot Paul Bert.  We actually have reservations for the original Paul Bert down the street but walked into the bistrot and they were happy to seat us.  I have been to the bistrot a handful of times.  It was always good with a great vibe.

The vibe is still great.  I never thought I could have a bad meal in Paris but I was wrong.  I believe they just brought on a new chef.  We could have ordered separate appetizers and entrees instead of going with the chef’s 4 course meal but that is what I have done there before and it worked.  It doesn’t work anymore.

eatThe dishes were either ridiculously conceptualized or salty or just not good.  The desserts were seriously inedible.  Such a drag.  Just bad.  Alas…Paul Bert is off the future list.  I do love this EAT on the bathroom wall.

Got up the next morning early and made my way back to NYC.  It was nice to be back in Paris.  I could tell that there were less tourists on the street.  The airport was quieter than normal.  It is sad that terrorism has rocked cities across the globe.   If people fear going to those cities in the aftermath that essentially means the terrorists won.  It is sad and disturbing on so many levels that terrorism has become part of our daily lives.

Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    Interesting. Paris in the spring time is the best period to be there. Just like the song says.

    1. Jeremy Robinson

      Paris anytime is the best time to be there. Except August. August you should be in Nice or in one of the white towns of Spain. Near water, of course. The song also likes Paris in the Fall. Watching the World Series from Paris when the time is different is a funny experience.

      1. William Mougayar

        True. July & August are bad.

  2. Kirsten Lambertsen

    I always enjoy your posts from Paris. Welcome back to the mother ship 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  3. Jill Stern

    Such a cute photo of you!

  4. Matt Kruza

    Best way that terrorism impact will decline is go multiple years without major incidents and basically see all radical jihad / islamic groups crippled. Ultimately these things should happen with better international policy over the next few years and then the problem is moot. Europe has many sticky immigration / cultural integration issues to deal with, and I suppose time will show if they are able to achieve it.

    1. JLM

      .In the current state, the world is not going to go “multiple years” without major terror incidents unless there is a huge change in many basic policies starting with immigration and borders.This is not really a touchy feely culture issue. This is the face of evil. Nothing more.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. Matt Kruza

        Well i agree with the immigration and borders and defeating large sanctuaries for radical groups.. so i think we are in violent agreement on solution 🙂 time frame and political will are up for debate as to if / when they will happen

  5. JLM

    .That is the size coffee I need right now.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  6. jonathanc

    I had dinner at Bistro Paul Bert last time I was in Paris. I just wanted to eat everything so slowly and savor every bite. I was by myself and sat at the bar, having a great conversation with the people next to me and the wait staff. One of the best meals ever.

    1. Gotham Gal

      unfortunately they have gone down hill…