My first chance to peruse paper and pens in France occured during a surprise downpour in Strasbourg. We sought refuge in a book store/paper shop where I found mostly school supplies, but wonderful supplies they were. The French apparently appreciate good paper and pens, even for everyday use. I picked up these two pens, a fine-tip illustrating pen and a calligraphy marker:
and some wonderful multi-lined notebook paper (who needs this many lines?):
Since I’m not in school, I’ll use the loose-leaf notebook paper for sending letters. The shop was a great surprise that kicked-off my stationery tour of France!
P.S. Speaking of fun surprises, another unexpected pleasure happened as I walked down the Champs-Elysees and stopped at a place called Laduree:
I was lured in by their beautiful bakery shop and decided to stay for a treat. This restaurant made my inner little girl squeal with delight. I had coffee and macaroons in a gorgeous mid-19th century mansion. It felt like I was “playing tea” as a little girl. Here was the set up: