Le Weekend~Paris

I have a big milestone birthday coming up in a few weeks, how big I don’t really want to say, but big enough to treat myself & Mr B, of course, to a few days in Paris.

Paris is a city we both love and it’s special to us, it’s where Mr B asked me to marry him 25 years ago and although we’ve been back to France many times since, we have never been back to Paris. I’m not entirely sure why as we were blown away by it all those years ago and vowed to return every year but I suppose life gets in the way and the world is a big place.

Instead of staying in a hotel, we have chosen to stay in an apartment in Le Marais district. When I say we, I mean me, as this birthday is all about me! My reason for staying in an apartment is this. Many years ago Mr B worked in an advertising agency in Manchester and was offered a job in their Paris office. “Take it!” I said, packing my case as soon as you could bon voyage, but oh no Mr B had other ideas. The band he was in at the time were going places, so he told me, and he wasn’t going to leave them behind to pursue a job in Paris. Anyway needless to say we didn’t go and the band didn’t get signed and ever since then I have always had a romantic notion of living in a lofty Paris apartment a deux. So for a few days in May, that is what we are going to do! Better late than never I say?

We booked our apartment through One Fine Stay, which are a bit pricier than some other agencies, but have beautiful accommodation and they provide a fully loaded iphone with recommendations of where to eat, shop & go in your chosen area, a welcome food pack, a personal greet at the accommodation to hand over the key and designer toiletries.

This is our little pied a terre during our stay in Paris

One of the highlights of staying in an apartment is that you can have a lazy breakfast and go to the local markets to buy and cook your own food. I know its not everyones idea of a break, but we both enjoy cooking and its nice to have the option of eating in or out. The local market in Le Marais is Marche des Enfants Rouges, which I cant wait to have a good look around.

Apparently the area is rich in small cafes, artisan shops and courtyard workshops that you can pop into. I came across the brilliant blog Hip Paris, whilst researching the area and I’ll be making sure I read all the blog posts before embarking on my journey, as it’s rich with information of all the best places to see and be seen.

Having a gluten allergy isn’t going to hold me back either as I’ve discovered a gluten & dairy free cafe in the area. Cafe Pinson caters for vegetarians & vegans, everything is 100% organic and even their lattes are made with almond milk. It not only sounds delicious it looks elegant and beautiful. To any other allergy sufferers reading my blog, I’ll report back with a full review when I have been.

One of the stores I can’t wait to visit, which is also located in the trendy Le Marais district, is Merci. This independently owned store is home to an eclectic mix of clothes, homewares, lighting and cosmetics with areas to eat and drink and a small city garden. This month they have had their outdoor space designed by city gardeners Les Mauvaises Graines, which translates as The Bad Seeds, after Nick Caves band. They bring their own style of rock & roll to gardening. Unfortunately, I won’t get to see this installation as it expires after the month of April but I’m sure Merci will have something else to excite and inspire?

I love this t-shirt available from Merci. That might be my first birthday present to myself?



  1. Anonymous
    10 April, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Hi Karen, thrilled that you are returning to Paris what a great idea for your special birthday. This is a really interesting feature with super photos. Think you may need to take an empty suitcase!!!

  2. 14 April, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    I am really excited and intend to have a good shop. Just watched the film Le Weekend with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, very good, I think you'd like it?

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