Whilst bombing around Paris on my Vélib bicycle the other week, I found myself on Quai Francois Mitterand heading toward the Samaritaine, one of Paris’ landmark department stores (currently closed for renovation by its owners LVMH & rumoured to be re-opening in 2011).
The Samaritaine building is interesting, but the location was more exciting for the stall overlooking the river which sells little metal plates with all manner of signage and bon mots. I have been wanting to buy the Chien Lunatique sign for Posetta Baddog’s main London residence for years now, ever since I first spotted the stall from a passing car, but have never been free enough of meetings or fashion shows to head to the Quai to buy one.
It was the work of moments to whizz across lanes and up onto the trottoir to buy one (for a wince-making, tourist-baiting EUR9,5). My sister will be thrilled.
(This is PB in her Mulberry look. Don’t worry, we don’t dress her up on a regular basis.)