But I could not leave Paris without taking the time to pass by the shop of Julien Aurouze on rue des Halles where it runs into rue de Rivoli. I can't remember where I first read about Aurouze but I was reminded of this firm, which has been in the business of exterminating rats and other vermin since 1872, when reading David D. Downie's book Paris, Paris. It actually had a cameo appearance in the movie Ratatouille in a memorable scene in which the main character Remy is taken by his father to the shop (where dead rat trophies hang in the window) to illustrate the point that humans can't be trusted. And yes, there really are dead rats, captured and stuffed around 1925, hanging in the window.
Even though I've never actually seen a rat in Paris, I looked at that window and thought, "Done. My Parisian experience is complete." The funny thing is though that of all the things I've since read about Aurouze's shop, no one ever mentions the fact that the business next door is a boulangerie. Yummy.