Paris, Take Three (Part 3)

Wow. You’re Still Here?

The longer I wait to finish this story, the more I forget.  But, if you’re still reading this series, you must really be into exhaustive detail. I almost don’t want to bore you with all the things that happened on my trip, because as you know, hearing about someone else’s vacation is nowhere near as interesting as experiencing it yourself. But what the heck, you’re here, and I’m the writer, so deal with it.

Day 3 – Le Marais

One of the things I had on my Paris to-do list (with like 3 stars next to it), was visiting Le Marais, a popular shopping district in Paris.  I don’t know where I originally heard of it, but it seemed like the kind of place I could spend days before losing interest.  With boutiques and unique finds, I felt it would truly speak to me in ways most of the touristy spots in Paris cannot.

So, after being up until 3am the night before, I woke up super late the next day and eventually met up with my mom, my aunt, and my aunt’s friend for a day of leisurely shopping in Le Marais.

Side note: During this trip, I constantly struggled with ideas for things to do in a place where walking is THE best way to get around the city, but not everyone could handle long walks or stairs. This was one of the low-key days I thought some of my more mature travel mates could handle.

We caught the Metro from Saint Michel to Saint Paul, and emerged on Rue de Rivoli. Since the process of walking from the hotel to the train station, down the stairs, hopping onto the train, getting off the train, then walking up the stairs had been taxing on some of us, the first thing we had to do was find a place to sit. We then stumbled upon an adorable boulangerie (bread/sandwich/pastry shop) called Au Petit Versailles du Marais and purchased some yummy snacks. I ordered a berry crumble, my aunt ordered a lemon pastry of some kind, and my mom ordered something with chocolate in it… I can’t remember. But everything was delicious!

After our rest period, we hit quite a few shops along the way… a bit too many to mention. But I did manage to snag a few things:

Just a few accessories…

Yeah… just a few.

Later, the four of us took another break and grabbed a late lunch / early dinner where I spent some time trying on my new scarf:

“How do you tie this thing?”

Then, at last we took a more appropriate group shot:

Alice, Me, Mom, and Auntie

All in all, I have to say I LOVED Le Marais. It was actually my favorite part of Paris.  So laid back, stylish, and you can actually find good deals in the boutiques there (unlike the over-touristy Champs-Elysees). I managed to come away at the end of my trip with:

  • 3 scarves
  • 4 pairs of shoes
  • 2 necklaces
  • 1 ring
  • 1 watch
  • 2 bags
  • 1 hat

Most of which I purchased in Le Marais.  As much as I love accessories, it’s no wonder why this place struck a special chord with me.