As I start to think more about our upcoming trip to Paris, my longing sends me to the bookshelf to see if I can get a little closer to the City of Light through reading. I just finished Penelope Rowland's "Paris Was Ours" and it is truly a wonderful collection of essays written by 32 writers who, for a short time at least, had the opportunity to live in Paris.
Now I'm I'm getting cozy and re-reading
and I'm reminded that the rue Montorgueil is in the Sentier. This is an area in the 2nd Arrondisement, home to the garment district, as well as to some shady ladies on the rue Saint-Denis, or so I've been told. We once rented an apartment right off the rue Montorgueil, and although I never saw the shady ladies,
I do know that it's the garment district, as my friend and I brought back to the states an entire shopping bag filled with lace that we found discarded in the trash outside one of the ateliers.[ Maybe we were the shady ladies!]
We walked by this interesting place every day for two weeks, and for some reason we never ate here. But it remains one of my favorite buildings in Paris.
My favorite type of "shabby chic".
What about you? Have you ever eaten here? And have you ever read Cara Black?
I think her mysteries are "interactive" as you can read them with your Paris city map open beside you and follow her protagonist, Aimée Leduc through all those familiar