Mark warns me about gushing too much here about This Wonderful Life In Paris, and I do try to be sensitive to that issue on this blog (really, I do.) But since I just shared the trials and tribulations associated with simply trying to replace the flippin’ sugar in my pantry, I figure I can safely tell you about this fun day I spent with a friend not too long ago. I can, right?
There is a really cool store here in Paris called Merci, which is larger and more open than most stores here, and is full of wonderful clothes and dishes and decorative accessories. The best thing about it, however, is that 100% of the profits go to charity in Madagascar. When I was looking for information about the store I came across this article, which is full of fabulous photos and details about the store. Please check it out. Until I read it, I had no idea that the owners also own the children’s store Bonpoint, whose windows I am always sharing here because they are so clever.
This Fiat 500 is part of the store’s decor. When I was there it was painted a gorgeous blue and toted a simple red suitcase on the back.
While the Fiat was in the courtyard just outside the entrance , this precious little mini-van was inside the store.
This awesome bike was also in the store. Love the handy-dandy wine carrier!
Everything about this store makes me wander around it slack-jawed at how beautifully designed it is. I wish they would come to my house and work that magic.
Although there is a cafe at the store (of course there is), my friend and I scooted on over to the Marais and had lunch at Rose Bakery, which is a precious little place with delicious home-baked goodies you can take home. Hint: if you go to the Marais location, be sure you have at least three people in your party or you will be seated in a narrow passageway between the kitchen and the front of the bakery (which is where you want to be), next to humming refrigerators and industrial- sized bottles of food stuffs.
Despite the imperfect ambience, we both enjoyed our pizza and wine.
Here is the front of the bakery, with its gorgeous steel and glass door and window. Unfortunately, it is also directly behind a strip of motorcycle parking spaces.
Immediately upon leaving the bakery, we realized that we were perilously close to one of the most stylish chocolate and pastry shops in Paris, where one can actually sit down and enjoy rich hot chocolate and amazing pastries. “One” =”We” and yes we did. It was so wrong.
The shop is called Jacques Genin, and my friend and I had been dying to go there ever since David Lebovitz tempted us with his blog post about it here. So we blame it all on David, who is responsible for leading us into temptation on other occasions, as well. Bad David. Bad.
There were other acts of indulgence on that wonderful day, but (thankfully) not of the gastronomic variety. I will save those for the stuff of future posts, I think.
We all owe it to ourselves to have days like this every once in a while, don’t you agree? Please tell me you do. And that you don’t judge me for my gluttony and any other unseemly conduct that may or may not have occurred on that day.