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3 July 2012 (The Hat Lady)

July 3, 2012

Hat store in the Marais, Paris | パリ・マレ地区の帽子屋さん, Canon EOS Kiss X4

I have a thing for hats.

For some women it’s shoes, for others it may be bags,
but for me it’s hats that I find hard to resist the most.
(Okay and belts too. And occasionally earrings. And bracelets.
Oh all right, if I didn’t live in a kibbutz,
my shoe collection would most definitely be bigger too.)

So when I saw this hat store in the Marais district, I couldn’t resist going in.
The woman in the store was busy cleaning when I first walked in,
but before I knew it she was measuring my head and giving me one hat after another to try.
(Thanks to her, I know my hat size now!)

I wasn’t originally planning to buy anything (of course!) but there was a hunting cap
that made both the lady and I pause when I tried it on in front of the mirror.
While she was wrapping it for me we started talking and she asked me where I was from.
I told her I was from Japan but cautiously added (because you never know)
that I currently live in Israel. At that her eyes lit up.

“I was in Israel about 5 years ago,” she told me excitedly.
“It is such a beautiful country,” she continued,
“The mainstream media, they only show one side.
It is not fair, what they are doing.”

With this I relaxed and we compared our stories about Israel.
She also told me there is one of the oldest synagogues in Paris
right across the street from her store and that there was a wedding going on right now.

My friend told me the other day that customers and salespeople tend to
get in to really long conversations in Paris,
and I happily took up that local custom today.

Hat store:
Celine Robert
20, rue des Tournelles, 75004 Paris


Ok, ok, もしキブツに住んでなかったら靴の数も今より






Celine Robert
20, rue des Tournelles, 75004 Paris

Much love,

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2012 2:33 pm

    No photo of your new hat? I’m very curious to see it!

    What a relief that the salesperson responded positively. I also rarely bring up Israel with strangers, but recently (and cautiously) mentioned it to a very Midwestern vendor at a farmers’ market while discussing his hummus selection. Most people in this area are very conservative and therefore generally not anti-Israel, unlike in France, but this guy became terribly bitter and accusatory. People are strange.

    • July 16, 2012 3:55 pm

      Oh right, I should have posted a photo of the hat huh? 🙂 I’ll try to get around to that.

      I’m sorry to hear the farm market vendor’s response! I wasn’t planning on telling any strangers that I live in Israel but something about that lady made me tell her. I’m glad I did, but it won’t stop me from being cautious.


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