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Le Bonbon au Palais, 19 Rue Monge. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine.
On my way to brunch, I discovered the sweetest place in Paris--Le Bonbon au Palais. This small candy shop offers a colorful variety of regional candy from France. 

The boutique is reminiscent of an old-fashioned candy store. But, it's definitely a modern spin on an old classic.

The nostalgic design is inspired by the shops owner Georges' 1950s childhood classroom and his love for old-fashioned sweets.

Georges carries a mix of well priced, hard-to-find, French candy that makes perfect gifts and souvenirs from Paris.

Large glass containers are filled with an assortment of candy including handmade marshmallows, licorice, caramels, lollipops, chocolate bars, and bonbons.

One visit to Le Bonbon au Palais will make you a loyal customer. The staff is also quite friendly.

I am so glad that I got lost on my way to brunch! You never know what you will find. Le Bonbon au Palais is located at 19 Rue Monge in the 5th Arrondissement. Metro: Cardinal Lemoine.




 
 
The weather in Paris has been quite mild and the sun peaks out from time to time. This hint of spring inspired me to stop by my local flower shops to enjoy the blooms. I am inspired by floral design and the simple beauty of flowers.

 
 
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The sale window at Promod.
Paris is on sale! The sales--or soldes in French--is a major event after the holiday season where everyone is invited.

The big sales are held during the second week of January through the first week of February. Every shop in Paris has marked down their winter merchandise--clothing, home, beauty, accessories, etc.

So, I decided to embrace the experience to see if it's as amazing as everyone says it is. Well, i was impressed.

At H & M, shirts were marked down to 3 euros (about $4) and sweaters were on sale for 10 Euros ($13).

Zara, Monoprix, and Promod had deep discounts. Monoprix's clothing, bags, shoes, home items, and accessories are all on sale from 30 to 50% off. The store was definitely worth the trip with a nice deeply discounted selection of winter coats, handbags, bedding, and kitchen items.

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Printemps' 6th floor restaurant. 102 Rue de Provence.
The shopping madness was at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps where bags were 30 to 50% off, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloe, DKNY, Kookai, Longchamp, and more.

Shoes were definitely a hot ticket item where you could find most shoes on sale for as low as 60% off.

In order to avoid the crowds and to find the best deals, arrive at the shops early and avoid the weekends.

Don't worry about missing a sale. There are sales in every area of Paris. But, it's important to note that most stores are closed on Sundays. Although, the chains stay open during the Soldes.

If you need a break, stop by the beautiful restaurant at Printemps on the 6th floor. They serve Angelina's famous hot chocolate, as well as generous salads, pasta, and meat dishes. Prices range from $15 to $30 for a main course.