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Le Marais and more

We are a little slow getting out the door this morning. Den has made a nice breakfast of eggs and croissant and we have a second cup of coffee while I finish blogging yesterday's events. We hear the clip clop of horses passing outside our window and there are about 20 mounted policemen passing on our street. We think they are headed towards the Bastille for today's general strike. Den takes a few pictures of another decidely Parisian scene.

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Today, we have decided to just walk in whatever direction we feel like and see what we happen upon. Den wants to see if there are huge crowds at the Bastille first, so we head towards there but the strikers must be sleeping in because there's just the usual mid-morning traffic. We walk down Rivoli towards the Jewish area and stop at Finkelstein's bakery, right across from the L'As du Fallafil, for a coffee with steamed milk and a delicious cheese danish. We continue through the streets of the Marais, up rue du Temple towards the Republique area. We happen upon a very cute park called Square du Temple which is filled with kids and their mommies/nannies playing in the sand and running around squealing with glee. We stop and sit for about 20 minutes, pretending we are a Parisian couple out for a stroll. As we walk down rue de Bretagne, we find Chez Omar, a Morrocan restaurant I had read about and wanted to try. We are not hungry for lunch yet but check out the menu and may return later tonight for couscous. We also pass by a little alley way off de Bretagne and it looks like there are people and food in there so we turn in. We have stumbled upon le Marche des Enfants Rouges, which I have not heard off but have seen signs for. There are about 4 rows of food and market stalls serving all kinds of food and fresh produce, as well as fresh cut flowers, and wines. There are stalls serving fresh pasta, tanjines, sushi, and several other cuisines. Now I really wish we were hungry because everything looks so good. There are rows of picnic tables set up and people are enjoying their lunchtime platters with bottles of wine. What a find for someone who wants an open air lunch with all kinds of selections!

We turn on rue de Turenne and head back towards the apartment to change our clothes. It has become a bit warmer and I want to change into sandals and a tshirt since we're in the area. We find a few more stores to stop into and we both buy a pair of jeans at a destockage place selling at outlet prices. Yeah, another parisian buy!

Now it's almost 2 and we are officially hungry, so we head to L'as du Fallafel for another sandwich fix. Den has the schwarma and I have another fallalel, we share a plate of fries and each have a soft drink. We opted to go in and sit this time so we don't have to eat on the curb with sauce dripping down our arms! Fortified and stuffed to the gills, we walk out and just follow whatever tiny streets strike our fancy, zigzaging our way to St Denis, St Eustache Church, back to Hillerin and the Chamber of Commerce and finally towards the Seine near the Louvre. We finally sit for a little while on the Pont des Arts, a little pedestrian bridge between Pont Neuf and Pont du Carrousel.

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Den takes more pictures of the Seine and the wonderful Parisian scenes that will never, ever get boring and we decide to head into the 5th and have a little coffee somewhere in the latin quarter. I wanted to get a crepe from one of the stands, but Den wants to sit down somewhere to eat, so we finally end on on rue St Michel, probably one of the most touristic streets in Paris, overpaying for 2 coffees and a tasteless crepe. Ah well, live and learn, but we do get a phone call from Danielle telling us that her fiance got a new job! Great news and we head back towards our apartment with smiles on our faces. We finally are back home a little before 6pm and have a glass of wine and some olives while we decide what we want to do for dinner. I decide to get a headstart on today's blog and so here I am, blogging away in our Paris apartment while we decide which great restaurant we will go to tonight. Life is pretty good right now and I'll let you know later what we finally choose!

Jo

Comments (1)

John:

Jo,you are doing an amazing,beautiful job of capturing the feel and the flavor (wink) of a place that you and Den so clearly love so much.Just got done with dinner and I'm getting hungry reading about some of your meals.LOL
Thank you for making this effort.
Respect,John

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