Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 24, 2010

Beautiful Saint-Sulpice in the 6th...

I love Place Saint Sulpice in the 6th because it has a lovely ambiance with
many up-market boutiques surrounding the shaded square
and the beautiful Eglise St-Sulpice as it's backdrop.
One of my favourites
being the pretty "Annick ~Goutal" parfumerie.
I love her advice on how to perfume yourself
"Discreetly. A perfume is a secret between you and yourself
first step: in the morning just after a shower splash on Eau de toilette,
dress~ put on make~up and spray high above you a light cloud of parfum.
then spin in this cloud to lightly perfume your hair, clothes~discreetly.
put a touch below your ear, in the nape of your neck
like a whispered secret to those you love"
Don't you just love it ?

water softly falling from the
~Fountaine des Quatre Eveques ~

Ooh!... and look ~ Yves Saint Laurent~
so stylish !!

I had been told that Catherine Deneuve lives in an appartment
above this elegant building and that she takes her
petit dejeuner in the cafe de la Marie
right on the corner ~ so seeing I was in much need of a cafe creme
and perhaps une petite patisserie
I took a rattan chair facing out towards the beautiful square
and waited and waited and....
oh! well not today but what a wonderful little cafe
a rendevous for writers and students and it was featured in the
1990 french film "La Discrete"

note the very handsome & attentive waiter!!
J'adore Place Saint~Sulpice
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Deja Pseu said...

J'aime beaucoup le 6eme! We always stop at the Fragonard store on Blvd. St. Germain for gifts to bring home.

When I was in Bon Marché once, I was picking up some Guerlain perfume for a friend. The sales lady asked "would you like me to scent you?" She then sprayed the air around me with the fragrance I'd picked. Lovely!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh, Dianne, thinking about those unique scents makes me weak in the knees. Add the very handsome and attentive waiter and you have a perfect setting!

It is fun to experiment with perfumes in Paris. Some of them are quite exotic!


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Beautiful, beautiful images! I must say that all of Paris is stylish..oh how I wish I could shop in Yves St Laurent!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Only in France could such delicate and beautiful things be found. My favourite perfume is Joy - there is something so timeless about it. Perhaps next time you visit the little cafe your wait will be rewarded.

SoozNooz said...

I squealed when I realised I have been to this restaurant!
I love the fact you explored perfume today and I can't wait to do the same in Paris!

Anonymous said...

ah perfume...I have to admit that I sin shamefully when it comes to favourites are Coco Chanel and Le perfum d'Hermes...
I hope you get your grand créme next time around..

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This is a lovely post and I can smell the perfume. I am glad though we live in the country and not near any shops like this; I would be permanently broke LOL. Love the fountain. Diane

Jacob said...

When in Paris, we visited a "perfumery." It was most interesting and contained some very old machinery involved in the making of perfume.

Your blog is utterly beautiful and makes my heart long for Paris!

Shell Sherree said...

Such a beautiful process for perfuming oneself. Something to caress the senses, not bombard them. Sorry you didn't catch a glimpse of Catherine Deneuve, but what a lovely way to wait.

La Table De Nana said...

I love perfume! It is a nono in many yoga classes.. so I abstain..there..But I even wear some light ones to bed.I am thankful my husband loves to smell heavenly too.
Catherine Deneuve..along with Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly are my husbands 3 most beautiful faces:)J'ai un penchant pour les trois..Sadly I cannot see Audrey and Grace age anymore..but they did it magnificently..humbly..and in loveliness.

Catherine..I just cannot believe how she is still so absolutely beautiful.

This is a cute post..

I favor Eden(not Eau d'Eden) by Cacharel these days..a gift from a client many years ago..and L by Lolita Lempicka..Ok ..and Angel..Thierry Muegler.

Eau de lavande..:)always..
I am so anxious to one day vist Paris..God permitting of course.

TK said...

Oh I love Annick-Goutal must run in the family, you & mum with your great obsession with le parfum!!!...& said wee cafe - yes can see my self in there notebook in hand & pen at the ready - BLISSFUL!!

Carla said...

I love Annick Goutal, I have a couple of perfumes and always go back to them when I try something else. Love post. Carla

anipstudio said...

im anip, from malaysia
actually im interested on the drawing, j'adore art
come and visit at my blog
some of my art collection there
and i've followed you, hope to followed me back ok.....thanks

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Dianne!
Thanks for your kind visit and comments in Bonjour Luxembourg!Your blog is beautiful and very interesting.
In 2005, we had the opportunity to visit the Fragonard in Grasse ( France ).C'est magnifique!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

What a fabulous post and loved all you shared with us today, merci beaucoup!
Your photographs are wonderful too.

Happy week

Kellie Collis said...

Looks like another lovely spot to visit. Have a great week ahead, Kellie xx

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I too adore the St. Sulpice area. Many memories there--once when I was sitting in the same cafe, a little dog was hit by a car, and the animal ambulance came to nurse him back to health. Never knew there was an animal ambulance. Once, I lucked into seeing Catherine Deneuve near the square. I love the market that is sometimes there, the fashion show I got to see at YSL once, the Pierre Hermé shop around the corner and a couple of little shops with their great selection of santons nearby. I was just in Paris one week ago today, so I'm remembering wonderful experiences there and around town.

Always looking forward to the next trip....

Kay Walker said...

I'm yet another Adelaide-dwelling Francophile who yearns to spend more time in Paris. Your account of the St Sulpice area takes me back to two particular triips when I was able to hear the organ being played in the church. I'm more into the buildings & art, rather than the cafes & fashion shops- weird sort of female I am! On the other hand, I always have to visit Galeries Lafayette & Printemps to have a little shop and take home at least one garment that I couldn't buy in Adelaide. I still have a Kenzo T-shirt I bought many years ago. Unfortunately due to drastically changed circumstances I'll never be able to visit Paris again, which is quite saddening, but I have many memories which are kept alive by reminders like your blog. Thank you for the mini-trip!


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