Both of these shops are right across the street from each other on the right bank, a very quick walk from Île Saint-Louis.
At Papier Plus, I picked up this card and envelope set. Grey and yellow – love! It comes packaged in a larger grey envelope and includes a pencil.
I also purchased a card with a picture of the shop on it. The photo above is the inside of the shop. Minding my Parisian manners, I asked the shopkeeper first if it was okay before I got out the camera.
At Calligrane, I bought this neat note/envelope pack. The note folds into an envelope and has adhesive to seal it.
But the best thing I saw were these wood grain envelopes. They’re made from real wood! The shopkeeper spread several out on the counter, told me what wood they were made from, and let me pick which ones I wanted. They are all unique!
Lovely paper from a lovely city. I don’t need another reason to love Paris but I’ll take it!
Papier Plus 9 rue de Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris Calligrane 6 rue de Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris
We always bring back a piece of art, usually inexpensive street art. We like having something on our wall that reminds us of where we’ve been and there’s usually a story around the hunt for the right piece.
In Paris, we bought from an artist on the right bank of the Seine near the Louvre. We couldn’t agree on which drawing we wanted. The artist thought we were trying to haggle and kept dropping the price while the husband and I continued our disagreement. We ended up with two!
During this last trip in Cairo, we found ourselves in a giant papyrus shop pouring over stacks of drawings. The drawing we loved was framed in a display. The shopkeeper pulled out piles of drawings, thumbing through them, saying he had one exactly like it ready to go. Each one he pulled out was just slightly different, the geese were a different color, the lotus flowers looked different, etc. He finally pulled the one out of the display, wrapped it for us and we skipped out of the store.
Did I mention our place is tiny? We may run out of walls.
Want to see more pictures of the papyrus shop and the drawings we bought in Paris? Head over to my Facebook page to see a special photo album. Don’t have a Facebook account? You can still click the link and see the pictures!