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.
The artwork on the front of this shop is spectacular … and I loved the dog patiently waiting for his master to return.
All I need for lunch is a bit of cheese, a piece of fruit, a slice of bread, and a glass of wine. Perfection!
If you look carefully at the top of the shop, you will notice the stature of a cow. Each shop has such individual character.
I have no intention of acquiring a taste for horse meat, but I did like the building
The colorful fruits and vegetables are a feast for the eyes.
This cafe came highly recommended by Rick Steves. I enjoyed a relaxing Cafe Creme while watching the Saturday shoppers.
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