Just back from a wonderful three hour concert by Paul McCartney (no photos). I'm sorry, but I'm quite busy at the moment and have some difficulties to visit all blogs and posts. I do my best. Here is anyhow a post.
Rue de Paradis (the Paradise Street) in the 10th arrondissement used to be the paradise if you were looking for china, faïence, crystal ware... There are still some shops around with a large and nice choice, but it may not be quite what it used to be.
The name of the street seems to come from a small convent garden which a few centuries ago was called the Paradise.
The famous Baccarat used to be installed here with sales and a museum, but today remains only the facade with modern office buildings behind. If you wish to visit Baccarat in Paris today, you must rather go to Place-des-Etats-Unis in the 16th arrondissement (see previous post), where you will find a beautiful Baccarat Gallery (museum, shop, restaurant...).
One remarkable building on the Paradise Street (see top picture) was constructed at the end of the 19th century and used to be the office and showroom of a pottery called Boulenger, which among other things provided a large part of the Paris metro murals, including the well-known white tiles, manufactured at Choisy-le-Roi, a Paris suburb. The building was 1978-91 a museum for posters and other types of older publicity, but is today closed to public (office for the fashion house Escada).