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Michelle is back today with a very important component of her Paris travel diary - SHOPPING! I could not be more jealous! Aggh it is all so beautiful! - Lucy x
One of the things lovely Lucy said to me before I left was 'you HAVE to go to Colette and Merci'. So on one of our only non-poster-searching days, I told Le Boss that we had research to do 'for Lucy' and off we set.
Merci was beautiful. Think high end Country Road runs away to live in rural France. Beautifully set out, in a big airy loft space with hidden staircases and little rooms perfect for browsing. A library, a garden, a cafe and a custom furniture seller all share the space with contemporary, vintage and designer fashion. Equally gorgeous and (sadly) unaffordable, when I am Euro rich, Merci will be the first stop on my list.
Colette is pretty much the complete opposite of Merci. Another concept store, it screams edgy, modern and slick. The music is loud, the staff are uber-beautiful and the product displayed as if a modern art museum. I managed to sneak in one or two photos before a guy I think may have been Kanye West told me off, but the fit-out truly is great. As is the idea, all the latest must-have items from around the globe. Just a pity about all the crowds.
Other than the 'Lucy-List', we shopped at Galeries LaFayette, perfect for presents and anything else you could ever need (under a stunning stained-glass dome), and Fauchon for delicious macaroons.
Our one big off the beaten track find was the wine emporium LeGrand Filles & Fils. Accessed via the beautiful arcade Galerie Vivienne, this place had Le Boss drooling. Wine, wine accessories, cheese, charcuterie, more wine, preserves, sweets and yep, more wine again, this store cum bistro was a truly lovely place to spend a chilly and wet Parisian afternoon.