Parisian Pleasures: Merci

There are so many places to find pleasure in Paris. A patisserie selling a perfect lemon tart. Venturing to caviste to get that special bottle of 1921 Chateau d’Yquem (a girl can dream). Dining at a favourite restaurant, eavesdropping on conversations or chatting with the servers. Or meeting a new friend to sit a spell, to chat over a pot of tea and afterwards find a new cookbook to add to the bookshelf. And why not get photographed too!

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I did just that last week on a brief stop in Paris. I met up with the very engaging Felicia who is the writer and photographer behind This Time Now. We met at Merci for tea. Upon her suggestion I opted for the detox tea — lemon-ginger goodness — with the hope of warding off any bugs I may have picked up on my flight from Toronto.

Merci is the right place for a casual get together. Felicia and I talked about living in France — her life in Paris, mine in Nice — and travelling to Morocco (she’s been; I’m dying to go). We talked about Thai food and shopping for shoes in France for ladies like us who wear something larger than a 37. We talked about living in cold-weather countries (Canada, Sweden, Denmark) and about the freedom that comes with riding a bicycle.

After chatting for a few hours it was time to stretch our legs with a stroll through the rest of the store. I immediately gravitated towards the pile of cookbooks by the cash register; Felicia immediately whipped out her camera. I became her target and she was sweet enough to ignore me as I tried to ignore her. I giggled to myself because I generally don’t like being photographed but it was hard to resist Felicia and her camera.

We strolled the store and I ooh-ed and aah-ed over jewellery, flower pots, tableware. So many things caught my eye. I resisted temptation. For now.

Another trip to Merci is planned once the renovations on our apartment are done. I’ll by myself a little present, I think. Just for the pleasure of it.

And thank you Felicia for the conversation and for the photos!

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I am a woman in transition. I left my job of 13 years to find happiness and France!

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8 Comments on “Parisian Pleasures: Merci”

  1. April 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM #

    That place looks darling! We will be in Paris soon so perhaps I will look it up – always glorious to be in Paris in Spring!

    • April 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM #

      Do go if you have the chance. If you run into Felicia maybe she can take your photo too!

  2. April 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    That is so precious- love the happiness you exude Tanya.

  3. April 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM #

    You are so sweet! I had a lovely time with you. Glad that you let me photograph you! Have you been to the Le Marché Paul Bert? I just spent 6 hours walking around and viewing amazing furniture, textiles and antiques. If you haven’t been yet, let’s go there next time you’re in Paris. I’m going back again tomorrow. IT WAS THAT GOOD. Ciao!

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

      Sounds like a plan! No, I’ve never been and I’m game for something new. After all, I do have an apartment to decorate!!!

  4. May 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    You are glowing and that tea sounds really delish!

    • May 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

      Thank you! Maybe it was the after-effects of the tea… The tea was really good and I’ve made some chez moi since. Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment!!!

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