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Report 2040: Paris au Ralenti (Paris in Slow Motion)
By Doru from Canada, Fall 2012
Page 11 of 19: Sunday, September 23 - Around the Marais with Friends; Alas, at Night the Rain Starts...
Chanteurs à l’ancienne in Marché Richard-Lenoir
We pick up Pauline and Steve from their hotel and start the day with coffees in Place Bastille.
It is Sunday and our first target is Marché Richard-Lenoir where we walk, inhale the aromas of the market, admire its colours, buy a few things and complete with another stop for coffee.
We then head towards Place des Vosges and decide to go for lunch in one of the Mediterranean/Israeli-style restaurants near to or along rue des Rosiers. We settle on Pitzman’s on rue Pavée, a busy and colourful place that serves the classics of the Israeli cuisine. We share an appetiser of hummus and tehina with pitas, then the mains are almost identical, what they call here falafel sandwich, which means falafel balls and salad with tehina sauce in open pita. A bit messy but delicious and filling fare. The service is fast, we finish and tour rue des Rosiers, then fight the crowded, narrow sidewalks of rue des Francs-Bourgeois and leave Pauline and Steve in front of Musée Carnavalet while we go home, for a bit of rest and icing of knees.
At 6pm Pauline and Steve come upstairs to taste the bread bought by Pauline in the market this morning. I make coffees; we have some lactose-free sweets bought on rue des Rosiers.
Earlier, Pauline and Steve scouted vegetarian restaurants and decided on Le Grenier de Notre-Dame, on rue de la Bûcherie. We share a taxi and are exposed for the first time to purely vegetarian cuisine, surprisingly varied and interesting.
It is a pleasant evening and we walk back towards Notre-Dame, walk through a Île Saint-Louis surprisingly quiet on a Sunday evening, buy without line up some Berthillon ice cream from one of the authorised “franchisees”, cut through rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Île to the bridge Henri IV, and we find ourselves back to our apartment on Rue du Petit Musc!
Soon after, at 10:15, the rain starts, exactly at the time predicted by Steve. I send him congratulations by email.
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