I’ve been on quite a blogging hiatus lately, but I’m back today to share some very exciting news: a beautiful new nephew joined our family yesterday! Bo was born on January 24, weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. He is absolutely perfect, and his dad and momma are doing great too. And I certainly couldn’t resist grabbing a few shots in the hospital room last night!

Now that we’ve covered where we stayed in Paris, I thought I’d jump next to where we shopped! First up is Merci, which I had heard much of before our trip and it definitely lived up to the hype. It’s full of fabulous clothing, paper goods, and — what made my heart go pitter-patter — amazing¬†furniture and home accessories. I wanted it all! But it’s a beautiful store to simply walk though, and there’s a pretty courtyard out front and lovely cafe lined with books inside. A perfect place to spend the afternoon!

And another lovely store we visited, just about two blocks from our apartment in the Marais, is Le Petit Atelier de Paris. It sells porcelain homewares and other beautiful items made on site (in the cave below the store). Its designer-owners are extremely nice and they packaged all our many purchases beautifully. And we even made friends with their chien, who loved us for the fresh baguette we were carrying.