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Report 2047: A Week in Paris - September 2012
By Dick H from NJ, Fall 2012
Page 5 of 8: Monday, September 24 - Some Shopping and the Eiffel Tower
Susan and Anya at the entrance to the Champs de mars
After our usual breakfast, we decided to do some shopping today.
Susan had read an article about the opening of a charming pet supplies store as part of the BHV department store. We decided to start there and walked to BHV. We wandered through the store looking for the pet supplies area and of course stopping many times to look at other interesting items. We finally asked a store employee and were told that it was actually a separate store outside on rue de la Verrerie. It was indeed charming and we purchased a number of gifts to bring home.
Our next stop was to be Dehilleran, the cooking utensil store. Susan has purchased something here each time we've been to Paris. Not only is the quality excellent and price reasonable, she enjoys using her purchases at home and remembering Paris. It was 11:45 when we left BHV and we had to hustle as Dehilleran closes for lunch at 12:30. We walked and got there about 12:05. Although they don't allow entry after 12:30, they still accommodate those already in the store. Susan made a number of purchases and was out of the store not too much after 12:30.
Our next stop was the Uniglo store, which Anya wanted to visit. She had heard about the store, was intrigued and we didn't have one in the NYC area at the time (we now do). We took the metro from Sentier to Havre Caumartin. Uniglo's website wasn't the best and it indicated the store was on Blvd. Haussman. We had trouble finding the store and after walking around, I went in Printemps and asked. We were close, the store is on rue Scribe. Anya and Susan enjoyed the store and Anya bought a few items.
We jumped on the metro to Chemin Vert to go home and drop off our purchases.
On the way to Las de Falafel for lunch, we passed a Converse sneaker store on rue Francs Bourgeois. As the rain had taken a toll on some of Susan's footwear, she went in and bought a pair of "All Stars."
The line wasn't too long at Las de Falafel as the day was threatening rain. This was our first time eating here, and the falafel did not disappoint us. We ate the falafels while walking around the area.
We decided to walk up to the rue Bretagne area to buy some wine and cheese and some sweets from Jacques Genin to take home as gifts. We went 0 for 3 as they were all closed on Mondays. We took the metro to the Bastille station figuring we could walk home along rue St. Antoine and find some stores open. We did find a wine store but had to get cheese at a Monoprix. We walked home, relaxed and enjoyed some wine and cheese.
We had wanted to see the Eiffel Tower at night, so we left the apartment around 18:30-19:00 and took the metro to the Ecole Militaire station. We walked up the Champs de Mars and took many photos. We got there when it was starting to get dark and it was dark by the time we actually got up to the tower making for some interesting contrasts. We had started taking pictures with the iPad and we didn't realize how difficult it would be to hold it steady on a windy night like it was. So some of the pictures were a little bit more blurry than others. When the tower started to sparkle at 20:00 it was truly amazing. We're glad we decided to go as none of us had seen it at night before except from a distance.
As we were planning on having dinner at Chez Omar, we decided to walk along the Seine to the Invalides metro station and take the metro to Republique. We got to Chez Omar around 21:00 and only had to wait 5-10 minutes for a table. It was threatening rain so we thought that was why the wait was so short. Or maybe it was because it was a Monday. Either way, we were happy. Susan and Anya started off with glasses of Moroccan wine while I stayed with a bottle of French red. They had vegetable couscous while I had a filet poivre. They said the couscous was great as was my steak. I had forgotten that Chez Omar was cash only, but we pooled our money and were able to cover the bill without searching out an ATM.
We walked home from Chez Omar in the rain ... this time with our umbrellas.
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