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Parc Monceau & Batignolles

We decided to explore a few undiscovered areas today. We took the metro to Place Charles de Gaulles and walked down Wagram Avenue to Place des Ternes. I wanted to visit the tiny Poncelet market and see some of the side streets in the area. We also found the Russian Orthodox Cathedrale St Alexandre Nevsky, but it wasn't open to visitors today. We walked over to beautiful Parc de Monceau (thanks, Luc!) and ate our takeout lunch of foccachia and cannoli we had picked up at a little Italian place on Poncelet.

We sat and strolled around the park for almost an hour, Den took lots of pictures of little kids enjoying the park, lovers oblivious to everyone else and the wonderful gardens and trees which fill this beautiful oasis. We then walked over to the Batignolles area, enjoying the neighborhood feel of the little streets with many bakeries, wineries, cheese shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. We sat at Square des Batignolles for a little while. Even the smallest parks are so well kept and maintained in Paris, they are a joy to sit in and enjoy. We walked down Brochant and found the bus stop for the 74 going back to Hotel de Ville. As we were waiting for our bus, Den spotted a tiny little creperie across the street on Avenue de Clichy called Le Bouquet. We scurried across the busy intersection and enjoyed freshly made crepes and cafe cremes. We were the only 2 people in the tiny place and we talked to the owner about Northern Quebec, of all places! Every year, he and a group of like minded crazy people go snowmobiling in the wilds of Chibougamou in the middle of winter. He said they travel about 2000 kilometeres during the 2 weeks that they are there! I told him that in January and February, I try to minimize my time outside and just run from my house to my car to my work and back every day. We finished our perfect little pick me up and caught the bus back to the apartment. I really like taking different buses and seeing different streets and views.

We have reservations at Le Fil des Saisons in the Upper Marais. This is another recommendation from the Parisian man we met at the little Italian restaurant early in our trip and the first place he sent us to, Au Vieux Comptoir, was so good, we decided to try his second pick.

A demain...........

Comments (3)

Diana Pilon:

Bonjour Johanne! Thoroughly enjoying your adventures! Now I can't wait!
see you soon,
love Di

I've really enjoyed the details you are posting. Your trip sounds fabulous.

mimi taylor:

Hi Jo, very nice!!! I'll look for more :)

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