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I thought it might be fun
for you to see some of the less glamourous parts of Paris, the Paris that
the ordinary citizens see on an every day basis. The Metro which they
use constantly goes to every area of Paris, is spotlessly clean, bright
and very efficiently run. The shops they shop in are really quite different
than our huge supermarkets. They are small individually owned shops that
specialize in selling just a narrow area of food or goods.The French still
do their marketing in a very personalized way. They purchase their meats,
pork products, and the like at La Boucherie, The Butcher Shop, their grocery
products at a similar little shop and their cosmetics and perfumes also
at a tiny shop. Within a given neighborhood you find dozens of small shops
and nary a supermarket. I don't recall ever having seen a supermarket
in Paris, truthfully, but the streets are lined with tiny shops and each
one is like a jewel box. The way they display their food and clothing
and flowers, whatever, is always so lovely. It makes everything so tempting.
The following item is by Special Order only.
C. L'Epicerie Fine Box.
This is a grocery shop. Beurre, Oeufs, Frommage. Butter, eggs, cheese
and assorted other things that one used to find in groceries, BS--before
D. La Boucherie Box. This is a butcher shop and they sell all kinds of meat, pork, veal and chicken and an assortment of things whose names you would not recognize. They use parts of animals that we do not, The French are a very thrifty people and they let almost nothing go to waste. As you can see, the meats are displayed in the window and they are prepared in their cuts for certain types of recipes. The shops are very clean and well cared for and the food is never handled by the customers. You cannot pick things up to look at them, the grocer does it for you. Inside the box is nothing and the clasp in unimportant to the box. Retail: About $285.00. Our price: $256.90.
E. La Parfumerie Box. The first time I walked into the perfume shop to which I had been recommended by a friend, I was amazed not to smell any perfume at all. When I asked the young woman who was helping me how this could be she told me that they did not want a customer's "nose" to be dulled by any one scent because then they could not smell and judge the actual scent that they wanted. A bit different than going into a cosmetic department in a department store and being assailed by dozens of different fragrances all at once. Like everything else, there is an art to selling perfume and the French know it. As you can see, on the cover of the box, there are dozens of perfumes displayed in the window. Inside the shop I would venture a guess that there were hundreds of different scents. Inside the box, nothing and the clasp is a flower. Retail: About $285.00. Our price: $256.90.
NOTE: Did you know that Grasse, in the south of France, is the perfume capitol of the world? The City of Grasse is surrounded by fields of lavender, mimosa. jasmine and roses still, even though they make most perfumes today from chemical essences. Perfume was made fashionable by Catherine de Medici who would have her fine leather gloves scented before wearing them.
F.The Flag of France Box. There were many flags used in France prior to the Revolution but in 1794 the current flag was chosen as being representative of liberty, equality and fraternity, the principles for which the Revolutionists had been fought. Interestingly, it became a model for flags of other nations in Europe and, of course, has remained ever since as the standard of France. Inside the box, crossed French flags, painted. Retail: About $151.00. Our price: $136.90.New
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