Paris: Merci store & Jardin de L'Hotel de Sens

Monday 7 April 2014
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If you've been following my Instagram feed, you probably realized by now that I'm in gay Paree. Lil L and I are visiting Paris with a friend without an itinerary. Yup. How brave of us (or perhaps silly). We've decided that we'll wander through the narrow streets of Paris aimlessly, sip coffee and people watch, stuff our faces silly with food, put on 10 kilos, practice our français (we've only gone as far as bonjour and merci. Months of studying the language and that's all we can do. pfffffft)......

Anne quickly realized that 70% of my Instagram photos are of .......... food (I'm Asian. It's in my DNA). She suggested that we meet at Merci, a rather unique concept store with a philanthropic objective and have lunch at the cafe there. I was all prepared to photograph the mini but to my surprise, an equally cutesy yellow truck has replaced its predecessor. My poor friend looked startled when I whipped out my camera - the size of a hand cannon and proceeded to photograph anything in the store that moved or was stationary. Sorry, Anne......(again, I blame my Asian genes). By the way, did you see the photo of the chicken? If looks could kill...... It also has a name. Yes. They named that hen. She is also the epitome of an Angry Bird.

I was particularly taken with their home department on the top floor. I'm rather rubbish at interior decorating the way I am with plants but I came away inspired by how they put together the dining room and lounge.

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The three of us followed Anne who is a Parisian to see some of her favorite places in Le Marais. We walked through the beautiful Place des Vosges which is the oldest planned square in Paris and promptly collapsed on a bench at the beautiful Jardin de L'hotel de Sens nearby to rest our weary feet.  More on the blog soon...... or follow my Instagram feed.

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
Metro: Saint-Sebastien Froissart

Jardin de L'hotel de Sens
7, rue des Nonnains d'Hyères
75004 Paris
Open 08:30 to 19:30 (winter) and 09:00 to 20:30 (summer)
Metro: Pont Marie


  1. I love that you approached your visit with intensions to roam aimlessly! What a relaxing way to sight see. Don't you find that you always feel pleasantly surprised by what you find doing it this way? It's so nice you had Anne in tow for suggestions.

    The photo's are incredible. Oh... and I love your food shots so keep them coming....

    x Mandi

  2. When I first saw your pictures, I thought, "this looks like Paris!" I've never been, and only thought it would be so pretty. Guess I was correct - you lucky girl! Have a wonderful time!
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  3. Gorgeous photos! Hoping to visit Paris someday ;)

    I'd be as annoying as the stereotypical Asian too, just snapping photos of everything and every single plate of food in front of me.

  4. Those are beautiful pictures Marlene! You are forgiven for all the waiting ;-) I suppose L'Eclair de Génie will be featured here next? See you soon! xx

  5. On Marlene these photos are incredible, I could look at them all day! Sounds like you're having a magical time and I hope you enjoy the rest of your get away :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  6. Oh gosh... how I love the picture of Angry Bird! His expression is priceless. Great pictures. Looks so lovely and enjoyable. Have a great time.

  7. Gorgeous, Gorgeous photographs

  8. So jel! I'd like to teleport there right now! Lovely pics! xx



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