Paris, Places, Shopping

Hermès

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce one of French luxury brands Hermès store in Paris. If you’re interested in fashion and high-end brand, this place is absolutely worth to visit. I’ve been to different Hermès stores in Paris, but my favorite one is the flagship store in 6th arrondissement.

Like other stores in Paris, there are security guys to check your bags before the entrance. Once you get in, you would see a fabulous wooden structure which looks like a nest in the big place. From furniture to clothing, you can find almost everything you need in your daily life here.

To buy the bags, you need to make a reservation in advance. That doesn’t guarantee that you would get the appointment. You can make a reservation through a website, or show up and put your name on it. It’s differ from shop to shop, thus it’s good to go and ask how to reserve a spot. I heard that if you succeed with the appointment, they will send you a SMS to give you a notice. On the day of the appointment, you tell your designated salesperson the models you want but there’s no guarantee that s.he will come with bags you asked. That’s probably why some popular models are sold very expensive in the secondhand market.

Hermès is a representing premium brand from Paris. I visit here almost every season to look around new style and decoration of the place. The way they decorated the place inspires me to decorate my place. I love looking at the house deco magazine, but it’s always better to see in real than to see the magazine. Price tags are next to the item. Thus, you don’t have to call the salesperson to ask the price, but they are always near you and ready to answer your request.

Inside the store, there is also a small book store and a cafe <Le Plongeoir> where you can take a break. The servers at the cafe are very friendly. You can also have a brunch or lunch there. They offer some salad, risotto or other food to fill you up. The price is a bit high compared to other places, but I think if you’re here to buy Hermès, it wouldn’t be expensive at all to you. Plus, the quality of food is pretty high and the atmosphere is very good and quiet. Also they use Hermès furniture and dishes. If you think of purchasing any glasses or tea set it might be better try them out before at the café and buy them since they’re expensive.

Hope you liked the visit to Hermès in Paris with Marimonda 🙂 See you again!

Practical Info.

Address : 17 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris

Hours : 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) Closed on Sunday.

Le Plongeoir café

Food, Paris

Au Général La Fayette

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a café-resto where offers one of the best crème brûlées in Paris.

Crème Brûlée

French desserts are so popular in the world, and crème brûlée (caramelized custard cream) would be one of the best loved desserts. Based on rich custard cream, the harmony of the soft cream and the hard caramelized sugar topping is always a pleasure during the day.

Sitting down on the terrace, having a spoon of the sweet with a sip of coffee would make your afternoon break perfect. Some places offer the custard cream without heating on the surface, but you’re supposed to hit the sugar layer to crack as if you’re knocking on it with a spoon and taste it.

Service and price

The servers were very friendly. Located in the center of Pais (about 10 mins away from the department store Galaries Lafayette), I do find the restaurant offer food with tourist price esp. alcohol drinks. We were four, and we ordered two crème brûlées and one allongé, one café noisette, and two apérols. The price of the coffee was similar to other places, but the apérol was € 10 per glass (other cocktails, too). Considering the fact that we shared one crème brûlée for two people, €40 is pricey for me for a snack. But we had a good time chatting and relaxing, running away from the heatwave for a while.

Coffees or cocktails were nothing special but If you’re a créme brulée lover, I do recommend this place. It’s worth to try.

Hope you enjoyed this review. Happy travel with Marimonda 🙂 See you soon!

Practical Info.

Address : 52 Rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris

Hours : 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Paris, Shopping

Puces de Vanves

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I hope you enjoyed French national holiday (also my previous post on it). Today, I’d like to introduce you Puces de Vanves, a flea market in Paris.

Flea markets are popular in Paris, they attract not only local people but also tourist. There are three big flea markets may worth to visit while you’re in Paris : Les Puces de Clignancourt, Les Puces de Vanves, and Les Puces de Montreuil. They are located on the border between Paris and banlieue.

Les Puces de Clignancourt, also known as St. Ouen flea market, is one of the largest and the famous flea markets in France. It’s located in the northern border of Paris (above 18th arrondissement). The market opens from Saturday to Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (weekend) and from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday). Address : 53 Rue Jules Vallès, 93400 Saint-Ouen.

Les Puces de Montreuil is on the Avenue de la Porte de Montreuil(20th arrondissement). The market runs for the whole day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Saturday to Monday. It’s located on the north east Paris on the border with Montreuil.

Les Puces de Vanves is located in the southern part of Paris next to 14th arrondissement. THe market opens on the weekend from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nearby, there’s another flea market specialized in old and used books (Marché du Livre Ancien et d’Occasion). This market also opens only on the weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Amongst those flea markets I’ve been to the last one couple of times because it’s the closest one from my place(simple reason). It’s absolutely an interesting place to visit and look around antiques. Some stands look like a mini-museum with all old coins, badges, or old posters. I like seeing dishes with gorgeous decorations. Some of the are expensive, and probably they’re from Limoges in southwest France and it’s well known for its decorated porcelain. There’re many resellers in the market to buy some good objects with reasonable price to sell them with higher price.

I guess other flea markets will have similar atmosphere. Though, it’s good that there’s another flea market specialized in books nearby, and there’s a grandpa who plays the piano in public. There’s nothing to eat in the market except the kebab truck. It costs about 5 euros. The market opens at 7 a.m. but not many stands are ready at that time. It’s good to arrive at the market around 11:00 a.m. to fully enjoy the time since around 12:30 p.m. some sellers start to pack up their stuffs. Since most of the goods are so fragile, it took the owners 30 mins to one hour to complete the packing.

When you buy things, don’t forget to try to negotiate the price. Even though the sellers put the price on their items, you can always try to get some discount. It may work or may not, but you won’t lose anything to ask.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 14 Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris

Hours : 7 :00 a.m. – 2 : 00 p.m. (Open on Saturday and Sunday only)

Paris, Places

Bastille Day

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Today, I’d like to introduce you some events around Paris to celebrate the Bastille Day (Fête nationale française), which is the most important national holiday in France. In French history, Storming of the Bastille is really important because it was the day when french people expressed their dissatisfaction to the King and the government. They took the Bastille where used to be a Parisian prison on 14 July 1789 and it became one of the triggers of French Revolution later. As a result, political power in France has transferred from the King, the clergy and the nobility to people (the rest).

Big and small events are already planned all around the country. Among them, I chose some events in Paris where you can feel the festival mood.

In the morning, there will be a military parade on the avenue des Champs-Elysées. At 10:00 a.m. Macron (the President of France) will arrive at the event place and go through Champs-Elysées till Concorde Place. Then military parade will begin. The parade lasts about 2 hours including 66 planes, 36 helicopters, 196 vehicles, 4,212 people, and 200 cavalier. It is a good occasion to see all french military marches and to enjoy a colorful airshow with the Triumphal Arch.

In the evening from 9:45 p.m., a big symphony concert will be hold in Champs-de-Mars. The French National Orchestra will amuse our eyes and ears with its selections such as a song from Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, or compositions of Vivaldi, Brahms or Beethoven. Listening to those music in the open air, you would feel amazed and thankful being here in Paris on the Bastille Day.

Continuing to the concert, don’t miss the fireworks which might be the most memorable event of the day. The Eiffel Tower will be illuminated to celebrate the Bastille Day, and fireworks will color the sky. Usually, fireworks near the Eiffel Tower is forbidden, but today is an exception. It will be an unforgettable moment.

There are two things to keep in mind before you go out to enjoy the holiday: pickpocket and transportation. As you know, Paris is famous for its beauty but also is notorious for pickpockets. On the Bastille Day, there are more people than usual everywhere. With this crowd and events, it would not be easy to pay attention to your stuffs always, but you should. It’s sad that you should pay attention to your stuffs while you enjoy the events, but it’s gonna be sadder and be hassle if you lose something.

Also, since many streets will be blocked or controlled during the day, you should check your transportation. RATP, which runs public transport in Paris announced that the time table will be modified on the Bastille Day. For example, before and after the fireworks, nearby stations will be shut down to ease the circulation. You may be guided to use the metro station Pont d’Alma or other stations.

Enjoy your Bastille Day in Paris with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂

Paris, Places

Musée des Arts et Métiers

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Today, I’d like to introduce you an interesting museum in Paris <Musée des Arts et Métiers>.

Founded in 1794 by Henri Grégoire, it is a museum where you can see the progress of technology in history. The museum consists of seven parts : Scientific instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication and Transport. It was interesting to see all the technological development in one place.

Here, you can see from Pascal’s calculating machine to Blériot’s plane. The thing I liked the most in the museum was not only they displayed the instruments but also provided some videos with important inventions in history. Instead of guessing the functions of the instruments, you can see how it actually worked on a small screen in front of the showcase. That really helped me understand the principles beneath the machine.

I recommend to visit this museum especially when you travel with kids. They can explore the world of science and technology freely. Also, parents can recall their memories when they were kids. Looking at the telephone, TV, radios, or other things that I’ve used when I was young was interesting. For this reason, I think it’s a good museum to visit with a family. All family members from different generations can share their experiences and it’ll be a good opportunity to open a conversation.

The opening hour is from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except Thursday (to 9:30 p.m.). If you have a limited time in Paris, you can visit there on the evening. Plus, it’s free on Thursday after 6:00 p.m. I went there around 6:30 p.m. and I enjoyed the museum until it was closed. Even if it’s free you need to get the ticket from the ticket booth.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Thursday 9:30 p.m.)

Price : adult  € 8

Website

Food, Paris

Pierre Sang

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Today, I’d like to review a restaurant in Paris. Pierre Sang is not only a name of the chef but also of the restaurants. There are four restaurants in Paris : Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, Pierre Sang on Gambey, and Pierre Sang signature, and Pierre Sang Express. I went to Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, but all of the restaurants are located in around the corner.

The restaurant offers quite a simple menu: For lunch, you can choose one among 2 courses, 3 courses, or 5 courses; For dinner, only 6 courses menu is available. When the server takes an order, he would ask you whether you have an allergy. I guess they change the ingredient little bit if you have a food allergy.

I ordered three courses meal at lunch time. For entrée, a salad with baked shrimps and cauliflower was served. It was yummy but it didn’t give me an impact to remember the taste. For the main dish, a veau steak was served with some asparagus and veggies with Korean style sauce. The meat was cooked medium (the server didn’t ask how do I want for my steak) and it was perfect to enjoy the meat. For desert, a bowl of sorbet and marinated berries with whipping cream was offered. The cucumber flavor sorbet refreshed the whole mouth. Overall, I was satisfied with the food.

While I was happy with the food, I think the service can be better. We didn’t order any alcohol (as I mentioned above, my friend couldn’t drink wine), nor other beverages except tap water, the server wasn’t happy and I could feel it. The butter was served when he took the order, and we asked for the bread but we got the bread with the entrée which took about 10 mins. I was eating the bread, but the server took the butter and the bread basket without asking when he brought the main plate. We asked what kind of meat it was, and he answered coldly that it was veau. I could see the difference how the server treat other customers in our next table. Lastly, when we asked for a bill, he came with a wrong one(5 courses). I told it’s wrong, and then the server asked me to wait and come back later after using his cell phone.

Since the menu is simple, the price is also simple. For lunch, a menu with two courses cost €20, three courses €25, and five courses €35. At dinner, they serve only one menu with six courses which cost €39. They don’t include beverages.

Overall, food was delicious and if you’re a Korean or have been to Korea, you would feel some Korean touches in dishes. To be honest, I wouldn’t go back after experiencing that bad service. But it’s a personal opinion and if you want to try something unique, it’s not a bad place to try.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 55 rue Oberkampf – Paris XI

Hours : Lunch from 12pm – Dinner at 7pm or 9.30pm