We had lunch near Notre Dame and then went in search of the area of Paris that contains most of the bead stores. After walking around a bit - with a stop in another beautiful church, St. Gervais, another stop at a shop with absolutely GORGEOUS hairpieces, hats and dresses and a few conversations with folks to find the way - we arrived at Rue de Temple. Unfortunately most of the bead stores were closed since a lot of folks in France take at least 2 weeks off for Christmas and New Years. A few were open so we checked those out. The prices were MUCH higher than what I pay for wholesale so I just browsed. Saw a few unusual things but nothing that said "BUY ME!".
Here is a picture from our apartment window of the snow. The lions guard the entrance to the apartment courtyard. And, next, a picture of one of our favorite streets for grocery shopping - Rue Rendevous. It still has little cheese shop, bakery, fish shop, meat shop, wine shop, ... A very traditional French neighborhood in the 12th district.