Here it is, my fourth and final installment on the stationery finds I made while I was in France. I’m sad to see this little series end, but I saved the best for last!
I hit the stationery jackpot in Paris. On a single street–Rue du Pont Louis Philippe in the 4th Arrondissement–I found four great shops. The first one I went into was a design studio that offered a small selection of unique, Paris-themed cards. I chose this foldable diorama of famous Parisian sights as a souvenir of my trip:
I then visited Calligrane, which is the single-most posh stationery store I’ve ever been in.
The shop specialized in fine-quality Japanese paper, the stationery was impeccably displayed, and the shop keeper was a crisply dressed woman who was clearly used to serving a clientele of the rich and famous. And the prices proved it! Small paper journals ran 45 to 60 Euros (about $65 to $85)! I was able to find three flat cards I could “afford.” The picture doesn’t show the great patterns on this divine, rough-edged paper, but here it is anyway:
I also picked up a packet of five sheets of paper that came pre-folded into their own envelope:
Next, followed my favorite stationery store of the entire trip: Melodies Graphiques.
Here are the front window displays:
I swear, my heart began beating faster when I saw these windows! They’re spectacular!
The shop keeper, Eric, is a calligrapher and the walls of his shop sport envelopes of the letters he’s received from what he called his “fan club.” I think they were thank you letters for his services, notes from fellow calligraphers, etc. But they may have been just letters from folks who really loved his store. I know I’m one of them!
Melodies Graphiques had cards, stationery, journals, calligraphy pens and inks and other little gifts.
Here are a few pics of his shop:
And here are the things I brought home. Two pens–a swirled calligraphy pen with removable nib and a delicate red pen that writes like a dream when dipped in ink (the shop had a display that let me try it before I bought it).
I also picked up a few sheets of this paper:
And some French royalty stationery:
Here’s one of my favorites, a gold-embossed, flat-card set with the quill pen image:
And my favorite piece was this large flat card featuring some wonderful calligraphy in the image of Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur Basilica. Even the envelope is gorgeous!
A close up reveals the “sweet” words used to make the bushes on the hill going up to the church:
Wow! So many wondrous things! Oh, I wish I had a store like that!
The fourth shop, which I only had an opportunity to window shop, was Papier Plus, and it featured brightly-colored journals and books. Definitely worth a look if I’d had more time.
P.S. Since this is my last installment about my trip to France, I wanted to share a few pictures of some of the amazing paintings France had to offer. They’re from the Orangerie Museum in Paris
Here are the waterlily paintings that circle around two oval-shaped rooms constructed especially to house these fabulous works by Monet. You feel like you’re in a rowboat in the middle of the pond, and that it’s every time of the day, depending on which direction you look!
And I leave you with a Renoir I found enchanting: