Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Yesterday, we headed out to find a shop I'd read about at various blogs, Merci -- an interesting enterprise which sells designer goods from a variety of sources at discounted prices and donates some/most/all??? of the profits to charity. It's not far from the Place des Vosges, and 'round the corner from Café des Musées which I'd read about on David Lebovitz's blog some time ago and wanted to check out (a good find, by the way -- Pater says the terrine was among the best he's ever had and he likes his terrine). This is how we spend many of our days in Paris, setting out in search of some fairly arbitrary point or other, making interesting discoveries along the way (yesterday, par exemple, we detoured via Jardin des Plantes and have resolved to spend more time there when the weather's better).
Most of the goods at Merci were, despite the discount, beyond my means -- a gorgeously tissue-thin cashmere V-neck pullover by Paul et Joe was not much more than 400 Euros so perhaps a steal, but I'd have to steal to afford it. I got excited about some authentic Panama hats but they were too small and at 230 Euros, that was just as well. I did buy a 25 cl bottle of Annick Goutal's L'Heure Exquise -- they sell it in unmarked bottles in a variety of small sizes, decanted from the lab, I understand.
It's a lovely building and the goods are set out so attractively, with a pleasant cafe downstairs -- a nice way to spend an hour or so. I think my favourite spot, though, was probably the courtyard entryway where this little car was filled with plants, part of the garden items for sale.
I was surprised to find how close I'd come to meeting (or at least spotting) one of my favourite Paris bloggers, Eric at ParisDailyPhoto, whose path we must have come close to crossing -- he's posted a photo of Merci and a brief explanation about it -- after all these years of reading him . . . bonjour, Eric!