Deyrolle - legendary Parisian taxidermy shop
Deyrolle is a fantastic taxidermy shop that's been open since 1831. The shop occupies two floors with several rooms full of tons of exotic and majestic animals, all of which are very very pretty and very very dead. The place is very inviting and is a somewhat well-known tourist attraction, so it's definitely worth popping in if you're in the neighborhood, even if you're not actually interested in buying any taxidermied creatures. I'm normally a little bit shy about stopping into expensive stores where I know I'm not able to actually buy anything, but this place is an exception, and you should definitely check it out. You'll be surprised at how huge some of their specimens are, and how artfully arranged others are, etc. I could spend hours in there, but you can really see the whole place in ten or fifteen minutes.
It's easy to get to Deyrolle; just take the Métro to Rue du Bac, and walk north on Rue du Bac, toward the river, and you'll soon see the shop on the left side. You can see the whole place in just a few minutes, so it's a great stop to work into a longer stroll around the lovely Saint-Germain area.
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