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Bon Weekend: 1 August 2014

by habituallychic

08 . 01 . 14
Sorry for the light posts this past week.  I was traveling with my friend in London and now I’m showing her the sights of Paris. It’s the start of the August vacances season so the city is pretty quiet right now. Luckily, most all of the stores, cafes, and sights are still open but there are many who will close for a few weeks or even the entire month.  I can’t even image this happening in the US but it’s just the way things work here in France. Of course, it’s hard to listen to them complain about the economy and lack of jobs when they shut down for August and nothing is open on Sundays but c’est la vie.

The food at Café de Flore isn’t the best but it’s still worth it for the people watching. I think my friend and I probably second hand smoked about 20 cigarettes though between lunch and dinner yesterday. Cough, cough. 

We sat next to this gentleman at Café de Flore and chatted with him for almost an hour.  He used to be a perfumer and created Giorgio, Chanel No. 19, and worked with Estée Lauder.  He told us that Paris is finished and is no where near as fun as it used to be.  But as you know, the French love to complain about everything which is just part of their culture. Nothing is ever good or great, it’s just pas mal, not bad. 

Even if you can’t afford to buy anything, I highly recommend visiting the Dries Van Noten store.  Don’t forget to visit the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musée Arts Decoratifs too. I also can’t wait to buy the accompanying book Dries Van Noten when I get back to NYC.  I’ve already bought enough books that will be weighing my suitcases down when I fly back.

I will definitely miss all the chic Parisians on their bicycles when I get back. 
I will also miss all the chicly dressed older ladies and their dogs. Le sigh. 
Bon Week0end ! 
Photos by moi via iPhone5. 

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  1. ArchitectDesign™ August 1, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    time has flown -i can’t believe you’re about to head back home in a few short weeks. Enjoy these last days!! xo

  2. Karena Albert August 1, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    LOve siting at outdoor cafes when the weather is nice. Also cannot wait to get the Dries Van Noten book as well!

    The Arts by Karena

  3. Jennings and Gates August 1, 2014 | 8:23 pm

    How interesting. I wonder if that was Henri Robert himself? Such a great city. xo, N.G.

  4. Lumen Drops August 1, 2014 | 9:02 pm

    I, too, love seeing the mature women of Paris, and particularly love the tunic-style dresses I have seen them wear via your blog, particularly nice for a mature figure and which I cannot find in the US. I hope to visit in Paris in the Fall but I may not see their beautiful dresses as they may be covered in coats by then. I will really miss reading about your adventures in France, Heather.

  5. Portobello Design August 2, 2014 | 12:07 am

    Heather, I have loved coming along with you on your trip to Paris! Enjoy these next few weeks! All the best Rie’

  6. Shell August 2, 2014 | 10:45 pm

    OMG I had not heard of August Vacances, what a luxury. Shell-A Darlings Nest

  7. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four August 3, 2014 | 6:44 am

    So lovely! And WE will miss your Paris posts! 🙂

  8. Nancy {at} powellbrower at home August 4, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    I have poured over your IG photos and posts about Paris and thank you so much for sharing every moment. At least I felt like I have had a mini Paris vacation through you! A bad cafe in Paris is like a good restaurant in my town. xo Nancy