As promised in my previous blog and Instagram posts, this is the wrap-up of the unforgettable Paris Excursion with Megan Morton. I tagged along as a photographer, a translator and a Kung Fu hand bag defender ;) It was a very special occasion for me: discovering my home town in the eye of Australian stylist Megan Morton. She managed to take me to many places I had never been to.
Come with me, take my hand, and I’ll take you through these dreamy five days with an exceptionally friendly group, a super efficient and lovely organiser (Katie Randell) and an ever enthusiastic Megan.
I decided to show you (only 59 out of my thousands of) photos in their black and white version. These moments were absolutely timeless, black and white, I thought, was the most timeless way of showing them to you.
VISIT AT THE MERCI STORE
We started this five day “stylist tour of Paris” by the first and still the most impressive concept-store in the French capital: Merci. It sells design furniture, clothes, bathroom items (oh these English soaps and natural sponges), linen, cookbooks and decoration books, handmade ceramic from all around the world and finally it has two cosy restaurants. We had breakfast in the “library” one.
This was our first time together. Marie-Hélène, the lovely French lady on the right, taught the group a very important expression: “Merci infiniment!”. Which translates as “Thank you to infinity” or thank you very much. The guests were now armed to face any situation :)
We discovered a collection of ceramics from Japan (above), Scandinavia, Greece, Portugal and old French vintage pieces.
In the bedroom section, the linen collection, made of flax and dyed in very natural colours, was very impressive.
The Merci store hosts exhibitions where you can buy the products. This time it was “The hand in the fire” or ceramic.
The tablewares and cooking utensils were beautiful.
DISCOVERING THE PICASSO MUSEUM
Megan organised a tour of the Picasso Museum, in the lovely area of Le Marais, with a tour guide. Not only it was fascinating to observe the paintings that changed the world but also wander around a fabulous Parisian “hotel” which means a very large house or castle in the middle of a city.
Place des Vosges near Musée Picasso.
We used the Métropolitain or Métro to circulate within the city. I forgot how quick, easy and practical it is. I also forgot how fit you need to be! Going up and down those stairs…
HAVING A GOOD TIME
Not only was this Paris excusion a delight for the eyes but it was also a real foodie experience. Trust Megan Morton to choose really good restaurant with delicious French food, always with a modern twist.
MEGAN MORTON’S PARIS ADDRESS BOOK
Coming to Paris with Megan Morton is discovering a stylist’s precious address book. And trust me, Megan’s is not your usual Paris guide’s list. Here are a few of the places we went to.
A charming Spanish painter showing us what Sennelier colours look like painted. Sennelier is an iconic “marchand de couleur” (colour merchant) who sells his pastel and oils to artists famous or aspiring to be since 1887, such as Cézanne and Picasso.
Les cires Trudon is the oldest running wax candle maker in France. They used to provide candles to the Château de Versailles ! Since 1643, they have been making stick candles in all possible colours and more recently fragrant candles in iconic green glass jars with a golden label.
L’officine Universelle Buly is a fabulous old store with ancient wood cabinetry, very pretty turquoise and cream tiles and a painted beamed ceiling. They sell natural beauty products including what is probably the most expensive tooth paste in the world (I couldn’t resist buying the apple one). Their speciality is “beauty oil” extracted from active plants and if you show them your skin they can advise you on a carrot maceration or a Pomegranate seed oil mixed with lavender flowers powder.
Standing at the window was Jacky Georges, France’s oldest Letter Painter and probably one of the last. He started to work when he was 14, a few days after he has passed his “Certificat d’études” or first level school exam. He has never had an unemployed day ever since. One of his first jobs was to paint the Coca-Cola trucks! Nowadays he is capable of memorising a complete font alphabet and of applying it simply on a roughly written text, between lines. At 79, he works for big labels and famous shops around the country.
We also visited a very special and dreamy store: Deyrolle. France’s most famous taxidermist. (photos taken with the authorisation of Deyrolle France)
Deyrolle is a captivating place to visit. (photos taken with the authorisation of Deyrolle France)
Because there is never a dull moment with Megan Morton, we were offered a blow dry at the most inventive and fashionable Hair Salon in Paris. And guess what, it was created by an Australian Hairdresser!
A FUN PHOTO BOOTH
One of the many highlights of this Paris journey, was the vintage photo booth session, where we got to dress-up and create a group board.
An epic day at MAISON & OBJET
One of the major events in the world of Interior Decoration is the Maison et Objet show in Paris. Is there anything more thrilling than walking the aisles of this gigantic trade show with Megan Morton?!
You can find beautiful objects for a good price in Paris if you know where to look. This is where Megan Morton’s excellent knowledge of the city comes in handy again. She can take you though the maze of the vast Paris flea markets and show you the littlest local antique marché where you will find incredible treasures.
Of course we had lunch at Ma Cocotte, Philippe Starck’s latest restaurant. It’s situated at the heart of “les puces” (the fleas, or flea market).
A FEW MORE…
And before leaving, a few more glimpses of this Paris journey.
I will dearly miss these girls!
Thank you a thousand times to Megan Morton to have made this week so special and unforgettable. Thank you to Katie Randell for being an über-organiser, always available to help, never tired, smiling non-stop. Thank you to the lovely participants who made the atmosphere of this 2016 “grand cru” of the Paris Excursion so friendly and fun!
If you want to experience this very special Paris Excursion, have a look here for the 2017 edition.
A wonderful mob:
Josephine | @napoleonswife
Karishma | @karishma.kasabia
Katie Randell | @katie_randell
Robyn | @robyn_ingram
Sam | @samillem