Paris Day 5, Thursday 7/18/2013

Today was shopping day and thus we walked from our hotel to the La Fayette department store where in the main building they sell mainly cosmetics, fashion for the lady and gourmet food downstairs.

Dans La Fayette
Dans La Fayette

Everything is located on four floors below a glass dome which looks quiet impressive. My lady wasn’t lucky and didn’t find anything while I got myself two shirts and some shorts in a neighbour building where they have fashion for the man. We stopped by a cafe on one of the balconies and enjoyed some Espresso together with those colorful macaroons you can get here everywhere in all sorts of tastes and watched what was going on around us and below.

Lunch @ Lafayette
Lunch @ Lafayette

Later we visited the Perfume-Museum in Rue Scribe.  Entry is free but not getting some perfume in the Fragonard perfume shop at the exit of the museum. Here my wife was lucky and got herself some nice French perfume. The equipment and processes shown in the museum to make perfume for instance from flowers strongly reminded us of the novel “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind where someone tries to accomplish the same using some virgins.

Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur

For lunch we visited the gourmet department of La Fayette and ordered some lobster burger and scampi together with some delicious rosé vine which we liked that much that later on we bought another bottle before leaving the shop.  For our late afternoon break we went back to our  Hotel L’Ocean into our quiet and cool room. Then we were ready to climb up to Montmatre which could be reached from our hotel within half an hour. Before getting there we purchased some food in one of the shops on the way: cheese, baguettes, small salami sausages and nuts.

Place du Tertre
Place du Tertre

We climed up to Sacré-Coeur and entered the building to see its interior, before we roamed thru the narrow alleys with all the restaurants and street artists creating portraits of everyone willing to pay for that. Later we found the “Moulin de la Galette”, one of two from former 14 mills left on Montmatre where nowadays a nice French restaurant is located a bit above tourist class and where one of the famous paintings by Renoir came into existence  which we were going to see the next day in  Musée d’Orsay.

Der Weinberg auf dem Montmatre
Der Weinberg auf dem Montmatre

We made a reservation for diner the next day. Then we continued our expedition to finally find the vineyard of Montmatre, then we walked back to Sacré-Coeur and settled down for diner at a fountain a bit further down the hill where we unpacked our food and enjoyed another bottle of delicious rosé vine we had carried with us in a backpack – together with two small vine glasses we had brought from home of course. Meanwhile the skyline of Paris was illuminated by the setting sun and the crowds of tourists started disappearing as well as all the dealer selling all kinds of junk.

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