Hi Everyone —
Harold and I flew to Paris yesterday. Our hotel room was not ready when we arrived, so we decided to do a walkabout with our traveling friends. With no definite plans in mind, I suggested that we hunt up the needlepoint shops that I had garnered from various Facebook postings.
The first and most famous of these is only about 100 steps from our hotel!
This photo was actually taken of our reunion cocktail hour — but can you see what is lurking across the street?
Tapisseries de la Bucherie is a small, brightly lit shop. One woman was painting canvases by hand while we were there!
It was a large canvas in beautiful colors!
I did purchase a few items — and was given permission to take a photo of the shop.
Aren’t the wool colors gorgeous?
The non-stitchers in our group were fascinated by this spiral staircase inside the shop:
I asked if the woman had painted the stairs, but she said they were original!
So — that was quick! We next decided to walk to the other shop which we were told was about a 30 minute walk. So we crossed the river and walked past Notre Dame cathedral and crossed a second river. It was difficult to follow the map that the hotel had given us because of lack of detail, and after several map consultations and man-on-the-street interviews, we ultimately got our google maps to direct us.
After a nice lunch (I was starving) which had us straying from our direct route, we made our way to Sajou, known for its scissors.
Of course I bought a(nother) pair of scissors!
I also asked if I could take photos of this shop — it was also brightly lit and beautiful. When I went to take a photo of the scissors, I had to wait while they fixed the display that I had disturbed while making my selection!
Interior of Sajou! Scissor case is front, right hand side of the picture!
You can see that it is a beautiful shop.
In fact, you can arrange your own Sajou shop by purchasing miniature storage furniture. The drawers even open and are filled with Sajou signature style boxes!
It was a long walk back and although the men weren’t too interested in the shops, it did give some structure to our “wandering about”.