On some occasions, when wondering around an unknown city or travelling a far away continent, you come across something which renders you almost speechless.
On our taxi ride into Paris, our driver had mentioned a shop opposite our hotel which ‘resembled a zoo’. Unsure of what he meant we dismissed it as a lost in translation moment and my mum and I thought nothing more of it. That was until we walked past a shop window with a taxidermy flamingo proudly sat as a display. After staring in disbelief we resolved to return to the shop when it opened on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, we left the hotel and returned to Deyrolle. I was sorely disappointed when I only spotted gardening tools, a few gilets and some pictures for sale on the ground floor. Anti-climax. But after I saw someone head upstairs, I eagerly followed and discovered, as the taxi driver had said, what can only be described as a zoo.
Although taxidermy isn’t my sort of thing I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the contents of each room. Stuffed chickens, giraffes, elephants and polar bears surrounded us while we made our way through the maze of rooms. De-constructed lobsters, snakes and skeletons of mice were propped on shelves, while one room was house to a library’s worth of books on the subject of animal anatomy. From the ceiling, stuffed pigeons and doves hung mid-flight and twisted in the slight breeze.
Whether you’re an amateur taxidermist or just an inquisitive passer-by, make you way to Deyrolle to experience some of the weird and wonderful of Paris.
You can even take home a stuffed chicken if you’re that way inclined.