|the ubiquitous symbol...|
My main goal today was to try some Parisian second-hand stores-- something I've never before tried. A bit of researching had suggested that Guerrisol would be my best bet, since I wasn't particularly set on any one brand or vintage item, but rather would enjoy looking and seeing what I could find. On my loose "list" were: French-made/designed children's clothes (I have a whole host of cousins, nephews, nieces, friends' children and then my own that I can buy for-- so much fun), sweaters for Ryan, and leather boots for me. I didn't find any boots in my size (40/41 are hard to find in Europe, much less second-hand), but that's ok. I'll keep looking! I did grab some adorable kids' clothes, though; I absolutely love French styles for children. I tend to avoid the American teeny-bopper style that's flashy and sequined and prefer more classic simple childish-looking items. I also did find several men's sweaters by good French brands for 2 euros a pop! I guess one fellow shopper could sense the deal-hunter in me because he came over so excited to show me a men's coat selling for 5 euros that he knew retailed for over 500 -- he just had to tell someone! There was also this really stylishly-dressed older man (maybe 65) who was getting sweaters, and I kind of watched what he went for and copied him, since he managed to pull off quite a good look. :)
|Our Small King|
We people-watched (I tried to identify the languages around me) and enjoyed our respective snacks. I let Liam lick a bit of my goat-milk-yogurt and he couldn't decide if he loved it or didn't.
Afterwards we hopped back on the metro to the next stop of the Basilisque du Sacre-Coeur (Church of the Sacred Heart) on Montmartre hill. I always enjoy walking up the cobble-stoned streets to this district, lined as they are with stores hawking every sort of tourist paraphernalia, or fabrics. This time, since I was pretty encumbered with baby & bags, I took the "funicular" (cable car) up to the top of the Butte. There were some pretty impressive street performers! One ripped African climbed a lampost, held a soccer ball between his foot & chin while performing acrobatics... another, fully covered in gold paint, sounded exactly like a bird when he moved.
|Sacre-Coeur... never gets old!|
|View from Montmartre|
|Eiffel Tower of Chocolate|