There is something about Paris that draws you back again and again and this Easter was no different, so we took a cheeky three day trip….
First stop was Merci! Tucked away in the heart of the historic quarter of Paris is a small boutique department store called Merci – be careful not to miss it as it's situated off the main street nestled between its Used Book Café and its restaurant La Cantine. Merci is described as having a ‘village-like charm’ which I think is spot on. As you walk through to the entrance there is a cute mini farm full of beautiful looking chickens and a random rabbit! There is also an old fashioned van covered in overgrown shrubs which is the start of their garden centre. Merci also has a beauty counter, fashion for men and women and a fab home section.
Before visiting Paris I did research on the best markets to see. One that came up was a market situated at the bottom of the Sacre Coeur that consists of anything haberdashery. For anyone that loves anything sewing, it's definitely worth a visit. I can only describe it as the fabric district of Paris, there are streets of shops selling material and if you dig deep enough there are some bargain to be had! I managed to find a selection of material that was being sold outside one of the shops for 5 euros, and this was for 3 metres, so I bought two different prints.
I would have been happy with just the fabric but I scrambled across a shop called Mercerie Moline. Inside I found a treasure trove of anything haberdashery - ribbon, lace, bias binding, buttons, embroidery thread and much more. I could have bought the shop but I was happy with some stunning lace trim and beautiful bias binding.
For some reason this visit has turned me into a real foodie, I have loved every meal! The best food by far was in Versaille. I have always thought I was never a big fan of savoury crepes, but now I prefer them. I ordered a blue cheese, potato and fresh cream wheat crepe - it was amazing - completely moorish!!!
We also tried a french/chinese which was mentioned to us by friends. Tangs was the restaurant, I would highly recommend it, the staff are amazing, extremely friendly and they cater for all your needs. You get a choice of a set menu or an A La Carte. We chose the set menu as you tell them what you do and don’t like and they make it to suit you!