There are several reasons why I long to live in Paris, but at the top of the list would be the opportunity to frequent the many open-air markets on a daily basis.
I would leave the apartment with my net bag, which expands to hold enough groceries for an evening meal. I would visit a variety of specialty shops along the marche… including the fromagerie (cheese), boulangerie (bakery), poissonerie (fish market), and patisserie (pastries). I would select only the freshest fruits and vegetables at the produce stand and then head home to prepare a simple yet satisfying dinner.
This dream will come true, but for now, I will enjoy the memories of such shopping excursions from my 2011 trip. Of course there are many other markets that I did not have the opportunity to visit, but there is always next time.