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A Sunny Monday Afternoon

We took the metro to the Pyrenees stop and walked up Simon Bolivar to Parc des Buttes Chaumont. It was finally a sunny day and the park was full of runners, lovers walking around and kids running everywhere. Since it was almost noon by the time we got there, people were sitting on the grass or benches eating their baguette sandwiches. We just walked down whichever path looked inviting. We ended up at the gazebo overlooking the park and Den was in his heyday taking pictures of Sacre Coeur in the distance. We spent about an hour wandering around, enjoying the peace and quiet, the birds chirping and the sun finally beating down on us! We exited the park at rue Manin near Secretan. We had thought of walking through Belleville but when we saw how close we were to Canal St Martin, we decided to head that way.

We took Avenue Mathurin Moreau and enjoyed walking down this very residential area. We passed the French Communist Party building, which was very modern looking, but Den declined to take a picture (can you believe it!). At Place du Colonel Fabien we turned into tiny rue Albert Camus, through a paved little square called A Hampathe Ba and through rue Haendel, to the Canal. We crossed over one of the many bridges and followed the canal along the bend, stopping at a small park which had many beautiful flowers growing. It was past 2pm at this point and we started looking for a place for lunch. We happened upon Chez Prune, which I had read about a few times and decided to go in. It is a dark little place and was full of both locals and in the know tourists (like us!). We both had the duck magret, served with apples and pears, fried potatoes and onions and a little tart with roquefort and raisin. It was sooooooooo good, I mopped up my sauce with a slice of bread, determined not to leave a drop. The duck was a little overcooked, but very tender and flavourful. The tables are tiny and close together, but that just meant we got to know our neighbours (as I'm sure you've seen by now that I talk to everyone!) We got a few more restaurant recommendations, including Jadis and Le Baratin. Den had a beer and I had a glass of rose, 2 cafe cremes and 1 moelleux au chocolat. Lunch was 44 euros and we enjoyed our little break.

We went over another little bridge and one of the canal tour boats was headed towards us, so Den took lots of pictures. We watched the boat go through one of the locks and strolled a little while longer until the canal disappears under ground at rue du Faubourg du Temple. We decided to walk toward Place de la Republique and into the upper Marais via Rue du Temple. We checked out the tiny little restaurant that our new friends had recommended to us last night called Le Fil des Saision on the even tinier street off Temple called rue des Fontaines du Temple. You would never happen upon this place without very specific directions. It looked very cute, and we may decide to try it later this week or next.

Since we were in the area, we headed back towards Jacques Genin to try and get a refund for our extravagent caramel purchase on Saturday. I was rehearsing what I was going to say the whole way there, but it is closed on Mondays (of course it is!) so I will have to screw up my courage again on anther day. We walked down Veille du Temps back to our apartment and are now relaxing after a great day of walking through new areas, going through the 19th, 10th, 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The sun was rejunvenating and it was so nice to walk around without feeling cold or damp.

Once I'm done with this entry, we will head out around the corner and hit Happy Hour at some of the many Marais bars. After that, who knows............

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I'm THOROUGHLY enjoying your descriptions of Paris! I wish we could be there this year.

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