Ile Saint-Louis, an island in the middle of Paris, is an unspoiled 17th century cluster of residencies. That is charming enough, but it also has boutique-style shops that will fill your heart, and cafes and food shops to guarantee you’ll shop ’til you pop.
Before we hit the shops of the Ile Saint-Louis Paris here’s a quick history morsel: It was King Louis XIII who granted a licence to build these elegant residences. Large windows and little balconies look out to views of the river Seine with rather somber facades. I find the whole place is really charming.
Straight off the plane we head for Cafe St Regis. Our most-loved cafe on the island.
Happy to see his favourite dish still on the menu.
Cheers darlings, here’s to a great weekend!
The food always comes quickly and with a huge amount of cheer, and not only by us.
This chicken burger should help me work those lovely little shops after.
I just got this photo taken before it was set upon by those two in the spoon…
One very frothy coffee later and I’m ready to go.
My daughter and I came to this shop on a previous trip to celebrate my recent 25th Wedding Anniversary. The lady spoke no English, me no French, but she understood me somehow and I ended up with a beautiful bouquet.
I love this shop too, because he has a strictly ‘try before you buy’ attitude. Essential when buying cheese, I think. Or maybe I just love eating cheese…
Some times you just want to potter round a shop when you need nothing what so ever. That’s what these shops are for. The men usually stand outside these ones.
Instead they decide they must have some quality olive oil.
They have taken this as seriously as buying a bottle of wine.
20 minutes later and with noticeably soothed and replenished skin they purchased a bottle.
Oh yes, my turn!
Urm, anyone fancy a puppet?
Then ding-dong we reached this butcher.
There was much excitement by all. Well, except Charlotte to be honest.
But, look at all these awards, I tell her…
The boys are talking of charcoal, steak and when and how.
I have to say, I know little of what these are, but they do look impressive.
Turns out ‘when’ was next, and ‘how’ was like this…
I made a dash down stairs to Amorino for some gelato.
They make it into beautiful flower shapes. Charlotte was more impressed with this.
The next morning, rather jaded from a big night out, we decided we needed an omelette to get us going. So, back to our old friend and neighbour Cafe St Regis.
OK it’s just me that’s jaded, these two are head to head on a quick fire Harry Potter game. Charlotte always wins, James never stops believing he can.
Refueled and ready to stroll around Ile de la Cite, the neighbouring island. We take in the sights.
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