This photo was taken on one of the few sunny days we had, with the sun illuminating the warmly colored houses and the cobbled street. I enjoy Rue. Ste. Claire more than any other street in the old city; it is always full of life with shops and cafés sharing the sidewalk with locals and visitors.
The shops here have a special "tucked away" quality. One of my favorites is the shop that sells all variety of market baskets. Because they are handmade, each one is just a little different.
I also love the shops that sell textiles for the home. Table linens, torchons, linens for the bed--oh, I could spend lots of time and lots of euros in those shops!
And then there are doors and passages that lead to who knows where. Does someone live at No. 10 Rue Ste. Claire? These heavy, wood doors are found all along the street, tucked in between the shops and cafes, and I always wonder what's behind them.
It's hard to believe I've only been home one week because this visit to France already seems so long ago . . .