off to paris – help me!

Yes friends, it's true. I'm off to Paris in a few days (poor husband is staying behind to work). Still, I'm very excited. It has been a long time since I've stepped foot in the City of Lights. Don't worry, I have lots of posts archived for you along with an amazing line up of guest bloggers. The posts have been trickling in all weekend and they are SO good. Full of interesting ideas and inspiring images that will keep you humming along. But before we get there I need your help. Where should I go? What should I do? I have a few places in mind. I'm definitely going to take some time to visit all the interesting flea markets or brocantes as they are called in French. I have a wonderful article from the September 2008 issue of the now defunct Gourmet magazine that discusses many of the big ones along with a few that are off the beaten path (always the better way to travel).

High on my list is of places to shop, is the concept store, Merci.

Merci is a cafe and homewares store where ALL the profits are donated to a children's charity in Madagascar. It's a shopping experience you can feel good about! From what I've seen so far, it is not going to disappoint.

I certainly wouldn't mind adding one of those bowls to my tabletop.

I'll also make my way to at least one of the Muji stores. Sadly, we don't have anything like this in Canada. I'm always a little overwhelmed by all the choice whenever I step into a Muji store so please send along your suggestions of what to buy here.

Finally, I'm going to make sure I take a small break from shopping and visit this restaurant in the flagship Galeries Lafayette store. Restaurant Laurier was designed by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort (who I adore!) and art director Andreas Mavrommatis.

Those hammered Moroccan pendant lights and open shelves full of vintage glass and ceramics are already calling my name.

I know I have hardly scraped the surface of all that Paris has to offer so please help me out. I'm open to all and any suggestions from shopping to eating to sightseeing to moments and experiences I just shouldn't miss. And of course, when I'm back I'll share all the things I have seen and done.

All images via Remodelista except the Muji store by Le Figaro - Madame.