There are few places in Paris better to enjoy a jet-lagged neural enhancement than Deyrolle. Somewhat politically incorrect, but entirely mesmerizing and enchanting, this treasure trove of taxidermy is, without doubt, one of my favorite stores - anywhere. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful fauna from around the globe populates this emporium appearing magically transported from its natural environs and frozen in time.
Fancy a baby elephant, perhaps a zebra or a gazelle – better grab an extra large basket beside the till. Special order a giraffe or polar bear, how about a darling baby ocelot or penguin or one of hundreds of a kaleidoscope of songbirds? Don’t fret, young American, you can’t bring any of these back stateside without risking a full body cavity search at US customs (honest officer, I don’t have any ostrich eggs, would you please stop looking).
I think I may have already ruined my five year old, as she spent about an hour enthralled in the second floor back room. Here, hundred of specimen cases, display thousands upon thousands of insects with inexplicable precision. From butterflies and spiders as large as your hand, to centipedes and beetles you could collar and take for a walk, the intricacies of these arthropoda amaze while also giving me the heebie-jeebies.
There are a few other taxidermy specialty stores in Paris including Galerie Chardon, Design et Nature and Claude Nature, but Deyrolle is tops.