My most enjoyable afternoons in Paris are typically those without an agenda, meaning I can wander and explore to my heart’s content. Whenever in the 3rd, I will make a point to stop by Merci, a three-story design concept shop known for its sweet little red car, as well as its ever-changing fashion and design collections. Its café, located right next door, has 10,000 used books that you can choose from while enjoying a light fare. After having a coffee, I walked towards the Bastille, in the 11th arrondissement, where I pleasantly discovered two passages, the first being Cour Damoye. The cobblestone street is home to beautiful architecture; traditional lampposts and tall white houses covered with ivy make this street picture-perfect. Farther along, I stumbled upon Passage l’Homme, a beautifully lush alleyway with a plethora of plants. The sun had just come out after a rainfall, creating an amazing abundance of sunlight. I continued on my walk, and ended up along the Seine where summer is in full swing thanks to the Paris Plages, make-up beaches equipped with sand and deck chairs, and ice cream vendors too – nothing better than a cold glace (ice cream) after a long day of walking.