Towards the end of February I went on a short trip to Paris. A very short trip. Just, in fact, for the day. It’s perfectly doable from Dublin as the flight time is just over one hour thirty; plus there is an early flight which leaves Dublin at around seven am and one that takes off from Charles De Gaulle airport after nine pm, so even taking into account the loss of an hour, this allows for a goodly amount of time in Paris without it costing an unruly amount of cash (ie: the cost of an overnight stay).
I find that when I go for the day it helps if I have mapped a plan. However, my plan for this trip was vaguer than mist as all that I fixed in my mind, before I arrived, was that I would like to have another look around the uber-cool concept store Merci.
In the early days of JAA I wrote about having lunch at La Cantine du Potager, Merci’s charming basement restaurant, but this time as I arrived at Merci shy of lunchtime I headed instead to Merci’s Used Book Cafe on the ground floor where I had a coffee and scones. Yes, I greedily gobbled scones plural!
There’s so much I like about Merci: it’s zeitgeist-y; the displays are ravishingly good; the stock is just the right side of unusual without being totally off the Richter scale of trendiness; and best of all some of Merci’s profits go, via a charitable foundation, towards helping underprivileged children in Madagascar.
I had a quick look around the clothing section but the main reason I visited Merci was to have a look at the home furnishing floor. And there I saw some utterly lovely pieces, most of which would not be suitable for the very small space I live in but, that said, I am not averse to the idea of one large-scale item to enliven the space and give a dramatic effect.
Now, maybe not the gargantuan chandelier: how would I get it home, moreover it’s not my sort of thing and for sure once installed there would be zero room to swing an ant let alone the proverbial cat.
Still and all, I did get some inspiration and was sorely tempted to bring home a few of the smaller items on sale such as: the hang-on-the-wall ceramic planters or some of the bedlinen which is available in a rainbow of colours. In the end I didn’t buy anything as I would have had to carry my purchases around for the rest of day but if I really wish to have some of the things I liked I could order them as part of Merci’s stock is available online.