Sunday I drug out my cardboard box of maps, books, collected business cards, articles ripped from magazines and blog post downloads on Paris. I wanted to make final notes on the cluster of stationary boutiques that are housed within the Fourth Arrondissement just over the bridge and a few blocks from the Ile Saint-Louis.
This area is a mecca for those who love hand made papers, elegant writing implements, wooden stamp sets and hand printed and embossed greeting cards. Fortunately for me (not so much for Bill) we will be staying within walking distance.
My favorite of the three shops is Melodies Graphiques. 10, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. 4th Arrondissement - Metro Saint-Paul. Hours: Monday - 2 to 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday - 11am to 7pm.
as well as the wall above the bookcases that is covered with handwritten envelopes sent from customers from all over the world. You might want to ask owner Eric to write you a note in his perfectly pinned calligraphy. Melodies Graphiques is a great place to find authenic French gifts for friends back home.
Directly across the street is polar opposite, Papier Plus. 9, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
4th Arrondissement - Metro Saint-Paul. Hours: Monday through Saturday - noon to 7pm
This minimalistic paper store stocks handmade journals and papers in a large spectrum of colors. A great place to find files, storage boxes, photo albums, and pencils to color coordinate your entire office.
Steps away is Kanea - 4, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe - Metro Saint-Paul. Hours Monday through Saturday 11 am to 8pm
Isn't it sad that with computers and emails, beautiful papers and all their accoutrements are quickly becoming a thing of the past? Walking through these shops makes me want to sit down and write a letter. I can't wait to go back!
Encourage one another,