People who know me, know I adore my dog. I walk him every day, several times a day, starting with an early morning constitutional. He is one of the inspirations behind this blog and he led my first foray into social media. Having a dog has changed my view of Paris – both the people and the neighborhood. On my early morning quiet walks we smell the bread baking, see the kiosks opening to sell newspapers, and most importantly, have made acquaintances with others who share the same routine. One thing we pass that I had never payed attention to before is the quaint shop Centre Artisinal des Monastère de Bethléem (18, rue Mesnil). In the morning the security blinds are drawn and I walk by without a second glance. Then last Friday I walked by and the lights were on, window shades open, and I could see all the wonderful products offered. I strolled in the other day with my husband and not so subtlety said, “If you are looking for a Mother’s day gift, here is the place.” Well – good boy! He bought some goodies there: homemade confiture, local honey, and a gorgeous plate I plan to use for cheese and other yummies. I CANNOT stop eating the confiture and embarrassingly now have a picture with the jar half empty. What a deliciously lovely reminder of the region’s bounty and bonus: I am supporting the monastery. (And before I received my gift, I stopped back in by myself to buy some soaps. They have many lovely beauty products. Maybe the nuns can work miracles on my aging skin!) So much goodness! I hope y’all stop by and take a look for yourself.