A Stroll through Parisian Thrift Stores

A Stroll through Parisian Thrift Stores

A Stroll through Parisian Thrift StoresA Stroll through Parisian Thrift StoresEven though everything hipster is in fashion, that retro, casual and somewhat bohemian style has been alive and kicking in Paris for decades. The secret of Parisians when it comes to dressing elegantly at reasonable prices is thrift stores. Care to join us for a walk through Le Marais neighborhood, where we find some of Paris’ most popular thrift stores?   Kilo Shop: 69-71 Rue de Verrerie This well-known store can also be found in other European capitals like Amsterdam, and its defining feature are the old-fashioned balances found in several parts of the store as the cost of items is determined by their own weight. Each item of clothing includes a color-coded plastic circle indicating which euros/gram category the item belongs to. The shop in itself will have you falling in love with it, and it’s often busy with people just having a look; plus you can find virtually anything, from a denim jacket or a pair of Converse shoes, to a mink fur coat. Free’P’Star: 61 Rue de Verrerie The mountain of bags visible from the window foreshadows what the inside of the shop is going to be like. Mad and disorderly, but with lots of good deals and heaps of style. The store itself is small and packed with items. But its secret awaits you upstairs: head up a narrow staircase to a room of fluorescent blue lighting where everything costs just one euro. It’s true that most items are nothing to be taken home but if you know how to look, you might come away...
World Book Day: 5 Continents in 5 Books

World Book Day: 5 Continents in 5 Books

  April 23rd is just around the corner, and with it the day of Sant Jordi (St. George’s day in Catalonia). A celebration that should spread around the world like a stain (of ink), because it combines two beautiful things: books and flowers. And since we always look at things from a traveling standpoint, I’ve made a list of my favorite titles to travel to each continent on the wings of the books that have, at some point, taken me from the couch to exotic, urban, or rural settings… In any part of the world! Africa: Don’t Say it Was a Dream Though written by a Spanish novelist (Terenci Moix), this is a very exciting and somewhat pink chronicle of the love between Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The desire to go to Egypt and sail down the Nile was very strong by the time I turned the last page. The author was a renowned lover of ancient history and knew Alexandria like the palm of his hand (to the point that his ashes were scattered in that city). Asia: Indian Passion If you like tales of maharajas and maharanis, and descriptions that make you feel the overwhelming heat of India, its smells, and the touch of saris, this is your book. Indian Passion is a love story that narrates the tale of Anita Delgado, a dancer that an Indian king fell in love with when she was just 16 years old. Sometimes reality outdoes fiction, and Javier Moro uses this real-life story to create a passion-filled novel about the life of this girl from Malaga that ended up in Kapurthala. America: The...