Henri’s Walk to Paris

How cute is this children’s book?! 

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And, yes, I just ordered it. 

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

The weather here is warm again! But that also means that we’re back to dreary skies and rain. James has some time off coming up, so we’re hoping to check some sightseeing trips off our list.

Our latest adventure in Paris was an afternoon in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and I am in LOVE with it! Yes, it’s man-made and a little kitschy, but it’s also super dog-friendly and so green! Even now in the middle of winter, we were surprised at how lovely it was. We saw a lot of people playing fetch/walking their dogs and a surprisingly amount of people running (the French are not really known for working-out, especially running in public). A absolutely wonderful break from the busyness of Paris!

The Buttes Chaumont is located in the 19th and was created under the orders of Napolean III and during all the reconstruction of Paris by Baron Haussmann. My favorite part of the park is the Temple of Sybil that sits atop a rocky hill of sorts and the lake surrounding it. There’s also a grotto and waterfall, which both sound lovely, but the waterfall was not going when we were there, so it didn’t really have the same effect. Next time!

It was so nice to get a mini-break from the city!

James and I are still plugging away at our respective positions and looking forward to having some visitors in the summer. I really need to start working on my thesis/research/internship paper…sometimes I forget I’m still in grad school. Ugh. 🙂

Dog stores in Paris

It’s no secret that I’m dying to have Henry move here with us. He would love it! It seems like everyone has a dog and totes him/her just about everywhere. Paris is an extremely dog-friendly city, well, if your dog is properly behaved. Henry would probably (okay, definitely) have some work to do.

Almost every time I go to the grocery store there is a dog waiting in front for his owner or with his leash attached to the little hook provided. It still amazes me that French dogs will sit outside of a store and wait!

In the hopes of Henry’s eventual move to Paris, I’d like to share a few fun dog stores I’ve come across. (I’m sure there are a million more!)

BHV La Niche (a division of the department store, BHV) has just about everything you could want for your dog. Treats, clothes, bedding, food, and lots of fun toys in a wide range of prices. We even found Henry’s food, so he’ll be all set when(ever) he gets here! His Christmas presents also came from here: a squeaky penguin and fancy dog treats (he loved them both, of course!). I’m still trying to decide on his first French collar…

Un chien dans le marais is much smaller than BHV La Niche, but still an adorable shop worth stopping for. You’ll find fancy clothes and bedding geared towards your average, spoiled, teeny, female, French dog and also lots of fancy treats.

If only Henry wasn’t so destructive, he could have this lovely bed:

For the stylish dog, there’s always Le Dog Shop. Like BHV La Niche, they have just about anything you could want, but quite a bit more expensive. Check out their dog blog!

We haven’t been to Dog in the City yet, but I’m sure Henry would look dapper after a grooming from them. Whether we could afford it…not so sure.

Start packing your bags, Henry! We miss you!!

Dearest Henry Pooper

My sweet Henry,

I miss you so much. I imagine us walking around Paris together every day, you would really love it here! There are so many dogs on our block that you could be friends with. Please don’t be mad at me for not bringing you. Oh, and please don’t forget about me either.

Bisous,

the lady who loves you and taught you how to roll-over