Clive and I went to Bazar de L’Hôtel de Ville (BHV) a couple days ago, to get an iron and a few odds and ends for the apartment. We ended up buying a small ironing board, too, which Clive carried home on the métro and through the streets of our quartier.
[For those who know I don’t normally iron (subject for another time), don’t worry. I haven’t turned into a domestic goddess in Paris. I did surprise Clive by saying I thought we needed an iron because our pillowcases and tea towels come out of the combined washer/dryer as wrinkled balls.]
My Favourite Paris Department Store
I love BHV. It’s one of Paris’s biggest department stores, and particularly well-known for its hardware heaven catering to DIY enthusiasts on the lower level. It also has fantastic sections for just about anything else you can think of, including homewares, clothing, toys, maps, and stationery.
BHV is often crowded and always seems over-heated to us, but that’s part of the experience and we’ve learned not to wear heavy jackets when we go there. At some point in our shopping, we usually take a break and have a coffee at the café on Level 5. It’s especially nice if we get one of the many window tables with good views across rue de Rivoli and Hôtel de Ville.
I enjoy the whole process, looking at the different choices (I had no idea there were so many irons available), making our selection, using my basic French if needed to ask questions of a salesperson, getting a coffee, and just soaking in the ambiance of being surrounded by (mostly) French people here in the heart of Paris.
Thanks to Clive, once again, for carrying our purchases home, including the baguette.
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