It’s been an interesting week in France and changes are definitely on the horizon due to the increasing COVID-19 numbers. 2020 has taught me that nothing is ever certain, so I’m trying to soak up as much of fall in Paris as I can. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France include a restaurant in Paris to put on your list to try, two facades that are sure to make you smile, and how you can sponsor a tree or bench in the Tuileries Garden.
Les Nounours des Gobelins
Les Nounours des Gobelins have been popping up around Paris for a while, but they’ve been especially present after the confinement to spread cheer and remind people about social distancing at cafés. Most recently they’ve taken over the Hotel Le Regent on Rue Dauphine. I have to say it’s one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while. My favorite is a tie between the bear above the door with a rose in his mouth and the bear on the very top of the building.
Ivy on Rue de Seine
Another facade that made me smile this week is 10 Rue de Seine. The Parisian building is covered in gorgeous ivy that turns red in the fall. I didn’t expect it to already be turning since the weather has been so mild, but it is. That stretch of Rue de Seine is a must-see in the fall and also in the spring with the cherry blossom trees just across the street.
Sponsor a Tree or Bench in the Jardin des Tuileries
If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the Tuileries Garden history, now is your chance! The Musée du Louvre is restoring the Grande Allée to its original 17th century layout by adding more trees. The trees will give more shade and protection from the wind. They’re accepting donations of any amount, but for every donation over €1,500 you’ll have the option to sponsor and name either a tree or bench. No matter the donation amount, this would be a thoughtful holiday gift for anyone on your list who loves the Jardin des Tuileries!
I don’t know why it took me so long to get to Shiso Burger but oh my gosh it’s good. So far I’ve tried the Bulgogi Burger – the flavors are just insane and it’s anything but typical. I want to try everything on the menu, but it’ll be hard for me to branch out after tasting the Bulgogi Burger. It’s honestly that good.
Paris Bus Tickets via Text
It’s kind of crazy that this is a new service, but you can now get bus tickets via text. Bus drivers formerly sold tickets, but that stopped with COVID-19. Just text “BUS + the number of the line” to 93800 and you’ll get a ticket that’s valid for an hour. It costs 2€ which is slightly elevated (a single ticket costs 1.90€), but if you really need a ticket it’s worth it!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!