One should always take an umbrella to Paris.
We didn’t. Instead we shopped Madeline Gely, Paris’s oldest umbrella shop. If you are going to carry an umbrella let it be a gorgeous handmade umbrella from this shop in the 6th Arrondissement. A French man invented the umbrella back in the early 1700’s. They were outrageously expensive. Every extravagantly attired man and woman simply had to carry one, even if it wasn’t raining.
It was the fabulous Theadora and her blog PEOPLE, PLACES AND BLING that brought back sweet memories of Paris, and shopping for an umbrella with my daughter. You’ll find Theadora’s history of the French umbrella fascinating reading. It will give you your daily Paris fix. Who says you have to let a smile be your umbrella. Not Theadora.