For your viewing pleasure, I've decided to share a few great finds from my afternoon stroll today... Of all of them, I'd have to say that, by far, my favorite highlight would have to be Place des Vosges! For my history buffs out there, you'll be intrigued to hear that this beautiful Parisian oasis happens to be the oldest planned square in Paris!
Bienvenue au Marais. Pavillon du Roi. Love the architecture. | Rue de Birague, 3e arrondissement
Place des Vosges | 3e arrondissement
Being the nerdy little me, I've always been fascinated about hearing the stories behind people, places, and things--and so after I came home tonight, of course, I had to give myself some fun, extra little homework to brush up on my Jeopardy trivia about this place :-) Quite an interesting story indeed--I must say reading up on its background definitely brought the beautiful old square more back to life!
Admittedly, many times at school I've been called the "Queen of All Nerds." So, rather than bore many of you with a full history lesson on what I learned about Place des Vosges today, I shall resist the temptation and leave my fellow nerds to rely on my best friend Mr. Wikipedia to educate you all. Meanwhile, without any further delay, I'll let the rest of you go on and enjoy my visual delights below :-)
Statue de Louis XIII | Place des Vosges
Pavillon de la Reine. Il fait du soleil! | Place des Vosges
If only it wasn't winter, I'd spend my weekends reading here... | Place des Vosges
Hmm, I've noticed that the French love to trim all their trees flat... | Place des Vosges
Maison de Victor Hugo in the far corner. | Place des Vosges
Arcardes lining the park. Feel like I've travelled back in time... | Place des Vosges
A few more lucky gems I came across this afternoon!
To start with, this cool concept store Merci, which my sister actually told me about a few years ago. Tucked away in a courtyard off Boulevard Beaumarchais, this lovely, quirky magasin solidaire was launched awhile back by the founders of chic children's brand Bonpoint and would be what I'd describe as the perfect one-stop shop for cool little things to make life more fun :-)
Merci | 3e arrondissement
J'adore cette voiture rouge! | Merci
Inside you'll find a delightful selection of books, fashion, shoes, kitchen accessories, furniture, bikes, etc.--all artfully displayed to tempt even the most casual window-shopper to come in and take a peek :-) The best part about this store, though, is that 100% of profits from your purchases at Merci all go to charities! Hmm, now with a good cause like that, how can you resist indulging in some retail therapy?!
Grand entrance. Pretty cool bicycle theme. | Merci
Ooooo. love the glass ceiling. | Merci
French rustic. If I had a Facebook "like" button here, I'd click :-p | Merci
More French rustic. | Merci
Ah, I'm in love with this chandelier! | Merci
Hmm, if only I could pack this in my suitcase, I'd totally get it! | Merci
love them all. really want a bicycle :-/ | Merci
I want the whole rainbow. | Merci
Fun marking tapes... interesting. | Merci
Very J.Crew-esque catalogue for marking tapes, don't you think? | Merci
endless wall of books + cute coffee shop = i am in heaven.| Merci
Meet my favorite street in Le Marais--rue Vieille du Temple. So many cute finds here!
One of my favorite streets in Le Marais. | Rue Vieille du Temple, 3e arrondissement
My favorite find of the day: a pepper green vespa! If only I could take it home with me... | Rue Vieille du Temple, 3e arrondissement
The French sure do love flowers. Love this flower shop. | L'Aritsan Fleuriste
Feels like spring already :-) | L'Aritsan Fleuriste
So charming. | L'Aritsan Fleuriste
Awesome delivery station wagon. Flower power indeed! | L'Aritsan Fleuriste
Great little shop for fun, minimalist LBDs. | Art's l'art du Basic
Archives nationales. | 3e arrondissement
Another beautiful courtyard. | Archives nationales
The perfect ending to a lovely afternoon in Le Marais--a stop at Berko Bakery for what I will have to admit is one of the best cupcakes I've ever tasted in my life!!
Okay, I have to give it to them--the French tied for best cupcakes in the world! | Berko Cupcakes