25 Ways to Spend Taurus Season in Paris

Paris is made for Tauruses: It’s beautiful, serene, home to a meadow of two, and the capital of luxury and fashion. (Also butter.) As my fellow Taureans know, there’s no better combination. Below, a variety of ways to satisfy a Taurus’s truest wishes:

1. Green space and luxury? Head to the Jardin du Luxembourg and snag a chair in front of the water; instead of commandeering one of the small boats on the water, simply bask beneath the warm sun (July/August only). Then wander off into the 6th to see all the fancy shops.

2. Speaking of fancy: In my opinion, as a Taurus sun, the most Taurean fashion brand is Chloe. (It used to be Balenciaga, but this changed, due to the involvement of the Kardashians, who are definitely Leos (yes, I know Kim is a Libra.) Anyway: Go see the Chloe boutique at 28 rue de la Baume.

3. Green space? Meadows? Paris doesn’t have a dominant outdoor space like Central Park or Hyde Park, but it does have the Parc Monceau, in the 8th, which will do well enough — very Upper East Side vibes, but it’s pretty.

4. Taureans like luxury, but not shouty luxury (like all you Leos). As this relates to their choice of department stores: Leos should go to La Samaritaine, the new, ultra-expansive, ultra-$$$$ department store on the Seine. Taureans, however, should head to the 7th for Le Bon Marche, which mixes top fashion labels with an expansive bookstores (of course we love books) and a ginormous, wonderful, very Taurus-centric grocery store, La Grande Epicerie de Paris.

5. Not enough greenery in Paris’s pocket parks? Consider a trip into the countryside — I would suggest Auvers-sur-Oise. Follow in the steps of Van Gogh into the rolling wheat fields, then return to the village to see Room #5 at the Auberge Ravoux, the spartan room where the artist lived. Note that the room is empty: “Nothing to see… but everything to feel,” is how the website puts it, in a rather amazing example of tourist-focused bar-setting.

6. There is no shortage of wonderful florists in Paris — for this exercise, consider stopping by the much-photographed shop owned by Patrick Allain, at 51 rue Saint-Louis en l’Île.

7. To really breathe in that good dirt (Tauruses understand), go to Truffaut, the city’s nearest equivalent to the gardening section at Home Depot — the biggest is in the 13th, at 85 quai de la Gare. It’s the right place to go if you’ll be in town for a bit and are looking for plants to bring home.

8. I’m one of the rare Taureans with zero interest in cooking, but my more kitchen-minded co-signs might want to pick up some beautiful copper pans at E. Dehillerin, the 200-year-plus-old boutique in the 1st famous for its luxury line of pans, pots, and other kitchen tools.

9. Of course, why cook when someone else can cook for you? Here’s a list of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris.

10. Obviously Taureans love beautiful clothing — and the most beautiful clothing is often on view at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as one of the “arts decoratifs” is fashion design. They typically host the season’s big fashion shows, like past shows Années 80 (a celebration of French fashion, graphic design, and regular design from the 1980s) and “Shocking !“, a show about the surrealist influences — on and of — Elsa Schiaparelli.

11. In keeping with the “Tauruses love luxury products that allow them to nap to their best ability” vibe, let me suggest a trip to the cool boutique Merci for a look at their famous linen bedsheets and duvet covers. (Note that they’ll be available in European sizes so…maybe get a European bed as well??)

12. Primarily a suggestion for April: Parc de Sceaux is an interesting destination (via RER B) year-round, with a brick-and-stone estate home/”chateau” built in the 1850s, but it is at its most spectacular in the springtime, when a monthlong festival celebrates the domaine’s many cherry trees and their yearly blossoming.

13. Taureans love all their senses, including smell — so why not stop by one of the several locations of the US/French brand Le Labo, born in Grasse and now owned by Estée Lauder? Their Paris-specific scent, a.k.a Vanille 44, is the perfect mix of tobacco and vanilla, and it’s only available (outside of a special promotion in late summer) at the boutiques here.

14. The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is indisputably a Taurean museum experience, what with all the paintings of cows and birds and bears. This is a tricky rec if you disapprove of hunting — if so, skip. But the non-hunting-specific exhibitions are beguiling, and they often open up the space for reinterpretation to leading contemporary artists.

15. Eugène Delacroix is perhaps the most famous French Taurean — certainly within the artist division. His work is on view at the Musée Eugène Delacroix (obviously) in the 6th, but his most famous work, Liberty Leading the People, painted in homage to the July Revolution, hangs in the Louvre: “I’ve embarked on a modern subject—a barricade. And if I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her.”

16. A Taurus deserves to live in a castle! Obviously: not that super showy Versailles, but a discreet castle. This a list of my seven favorite, all very near Paris and accessible via public transportation (except Pierrefonds, for which, unless you are a glutton for punishment, you’ll need a car). If you have time for one: My pick is the Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne.

17. Not my favorite antique fair in Paris but certainly one of the fanciest, the Foire de Chatou is worth the trip to the Ile des Impressionistes just to see how wealthy Parisians are spending their money on antiques. Chandeliers? Def. Alvar Aalto chairs? Bien sur.

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