Memories of shopping in Paris!

I found two new pictures not in my blog, and felled they need to be here. This blog is the story of my life and its all here if you look… It takes a lot of travels, already 81 countries, working in 4 citizen of 4, and other things. Some of the nice things happening to me was to work in Paris while living in Versailles in my early entry into France, a citizen since 2000.

I like to tell you briefly on two unique stores found all over France ,but these in Paris dear to my memories. Hope you enjoy my story on the Orange and Monoprix stores of which I am a client.

The Orange telephone, internet etc store at Place de la Madeleine was unique because for a couple of years passed by it every day to work and back. So very handy to do all my telecom needs there. Over the years , I have suggested the store to many visitors looking to hook up cellular/mobile phones to use while in France. The staff there was very knowledgeable and spoked English/Spanish!

paris orange store madeleine mar13

Orange is a telecommunications chain providing Internet and telephone services and portable devices. My fav store while working in Paris was at 16 place de la madeleine,it was the biggest in the city and easily connection right there with metro lines 8, 12, and 14. Just walking by or up from the metro station the store was on your back. Now the store is gone, here for the memories, and in its place there is a Café Pouchkine but also read it is under renovations until May 29 2022. The faces of Paris are changing…

The Orange store locator for Parishttps://agence.orange.fr/fr/ile-de-france/departement-de-paris

Another mythical store of mine in Paris was Monoprix. I have already a historical account of the stores in my other post on the store in Vannes. Briefly, they have been around for more than 80 years, and has maintained its ambition to make the good and the beautiful accessible to all. It shows a wide choice of quality products: food, drinks, beauty, hygiene. Also find an exclusive fashion collection.

I have passed by this particular store at 51 Rue Réaumur, however news made me come back for it while still working in Paris. The Monoprix -Réaumur-Sébastopol, in the 2éme arrondissement, which is located on the site of the old medieval hospital of the Trinity, made it possible to discover in 2015 many pits and human bones linked to the hospital cemetery ! This became news all over Paris so obviously was there so took a peek to where it was allowed, far away, A bit of history on the building is interesting for the architecture and history of it that I like.

paris monoprix front by reaumur sebastopol burials below found sept15

The Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol store, is in a former Félix-Potin building, and was built on the site of the former Trinité hospital, founded in the 12C and destroyed at the end of the 18C during the French revolution. In 2015, they have found eight mass graves, Seven of them received between five and twenty-five individuals. The eighth, much larger, counts one hundred and fifty deceased who seem to have died on the same date and bear witness to a crisis of mortality whose cause will have to be found. Many diseases going on in Paris at the time.

The building itself is with a polychrome corner rotunda, decorative elements in the round: garlands of fruit, caduceus, attributes of Hermes. Former headquarters of Félix Potin chain stores. Félix Potin opened his first store in Paris in 1844. In 1860, he inaugurated the first large store on two levels, boulevard de Sébastopol in Paris. After the death of Félix Potin in 1871, his heirs registered the Félix Potin brand in 1886. Everything followed and success grew. A Félix Potin factory is built in La Villette. It will be enlarged in 1864 and will include a distillery and a chocolate factory. The store on boulevard Malesherbes will open in 1864 and the home delivery service will be put into service in 1870 , Currently the ground floor (1 fl US) and the first floor (2nd fl US) are occupied by the Monoprix store.The store can be reach on Metro Réaumur-Sébastopol of lines 3 and 4 as well as bus lines 38/39/47 Réaumur-Sébastopol stop/arrêt.

The Monoprix store Réamur-Sébastopol: https://www.monoprix.fr/monoprix-sebastopol-paris-75002-s

There you go folks, a dandy memory lane reminder of two nice stores in Paris , that I still shop elsewhere. One more reason to come to Paris, shopping is a delight!! Hope you enjoy this nostalgic post from me, and thanks for reading me since November 2010!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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