Friday, April 03, 2015

Friday Favorites: Treasures of Paris Edition

Jet lag is having it's way with me, and, as a result, I am feeling somewhat scattered, but I am going to make a valiant effort at writing this post about all the treasures that I purchased while in Paris. Please bear with me if I lose track of my thoughts, or, if I digress in any way...

...yeah, because that never happens here.

Anyway...favorite things purchased in France...

The St. Ouen flea market offered a fabulous treasure trove of antique items, many more than I expected, and many out of my price range. Luckily, I stumbled upon a few items that I could both afford, and, with which I fell in love.

The first was an antique camera that called my name like a siren. I hesitated at the price, but, with Barbie's awesome haggling skills, was able to negotiate a price that I could agree with. The camera is going on permanent display next to my antique typewriter, because; those two items define my personality quite accurately.

The only other items that I took a particular interest at the market were the antique silver pieces, and there were literally thousands to choose from. I decided on some flatware that will mix well with my existing silver set, and I am beyond thrilled with the choice.

One of the things that I knew I wanted to find while in Paris was some artwork of some kind. Once again, there was plenty to choose from in the city. I settled on a gorgeous oil painting on canvas and I can't wait to find the perfect frame for it.

While we were eating our way through every patisserie that we could find, I discovered an obsession with lemon tarts, or tartes du citron, as they are called in France. I knew that I liked lemon curd before, but, the English lemon curd used in Paris was so much better than anything I had ever tasted in the States, so, I knew that I had to bring some home.

I found the curd, plus some adorable sugar cubes and a cute Eiffel Tower shaped bottle of chocolate pearls, in a shop near our hotel, and, all three came home with me. I plan to use the sugar cubes at my next Spring Luncheon table, and, once the chocolate is gone, I will fill the glass bottle with something. Not sure what yet, but, something pretty.

While Barbie and I were exploring the area around our hotel, we discovered a candy shop with the cutest window display. These bunny egg cups were too cute to pass up, and, they fit right in with my Easter décor.

Finally, I purchased this adorable (and practical) magnifying glass in the gift shop at The Louvre. My eyesight ain't what it used to be and this is fashionable enough to be considered jewelry. Well, practically, anyway.

So, those are my favorite things from Paris. If the jet lag lightens up a bit, I might try to post the second part of this, which will be my favorite places that we visited.

I wouldn't exactly hold my breath for that one, though.

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