Wearing Pearls in Paris this Autumn
October 18, 2011
The melancholy of autumn seeps in as clouds gather over Paris, temperatures start to fall and the trees turn a rich brown. Fortunately Paris is still the most romantic city in the world, with a fashion for wearing pearls. If you are lucky enough to be in the French capital this Autumn, and are wondering where to go beyond the usual tourist spots, here is a lazy weekend walk through the 6th and 7th arrondissements.
Early Sunday morning is the best time to visit the organic food market on Boulevard Raspail, which is bursting into life. The market is located on Boulevard Raspail between Rue de Cherche-Midi and Rue de Rennes. Be sure to sample one of the galette potato pancakes at the top of the market and immerse yourself in the local Rive Gauche life. Match the fun atmosphere with one of our pearl bracelets.
Next turn into the Rue du Cherche-Midi, Rue Saint-Placide and Rue du Bac to discover a string of exclusive fashion boutiques and of course Le Bon Marché. The building of this grand department store was designed by Gustave Eiffel in the middle of the 19th century. Open at the weekends on Saturday only, it is now the home to luxury brands, jewellery, French designers and other essentials for the local French fashionistas. Don't miss La Grand Épicerie with its delicious selection of artisanal groceries, pastries and gifts. It's the perfect place for wearing pearls, perhaps in layers of white pearl rope necklaces in the style of Coco Chanel?
The world famous Musée Rodin is only a stone's throw away at the end of Rue de Varenne. As its name suggests, the museum is home to a collection of the most significant works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Wander through the extensive grounds and stop to admire some of Rodin's most famous pieces including ‘The Kiss’ and 'The Thinker'.
To finish off your afternoon, amongst the landmarks of the Rive Gauche is the Café Les Deux Magots on the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés. For centuries this café has been a cultural hotspot for writers and poets from the world of arts, fashion and literature. Wear something eye-catching like a lustrous pink pearl necklace. On a crisp autumn afternoon, find a corner of the glassed-in terrace and sip on a reinvigorating coffee whilst enjoying Parisian life pass slowly by.
For dinner there is so much choice in this part of Paris, but Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy's bistrot Les Bouquinistes is renowned for its sophisticated food and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is named after the book-sellers that have been lining the quais of the Seine for over 150 years and today attracts a local clientele of art lovers from the antique shops and galleries nearby. Its location at Quai des Grands Augustins also has a wonderful view at night overlooking the Cathédrale Notre Dame and the Pont-Neuf, a perfect Parisian end to the day.