This morning Carol and I walked the short distance to Place de la Bastille where marche Bastille, the largest outdoor market in Paris, begins. Though chilly, the sun was out, a group of young musicians was playing lively tunes and the market was crowded.
Though there are some rather cheesey looking clothing and knickknack vendors, as in Rapallo and Chiavari, here most are selling food and, of course, gorgeous flowers.
I had wanted to explore the newly renovated les Halles, the centerpiece of which is la Canopee, a sort-of mall-like structure housing wonderful restaurants and retail shops, but alas it was closed on Sunday, so we moved to Plan B. Took the Metro to the Louvre….
As we hadn’t had any breakfast, we were hungry, so walked through the Palais Royal to le Grand Colbert, the wonderful brasserie made famous by “Something’s Gotta Give.” We discovered it years ago, long before the movie, and despite it’s status now as an American tourist “must-go” spot, I still love it. It was surprisingly quiet and we were immediately led to a nice, corner banquette.
After lunch, we explored the surrounding neighborhood a bit, in particular the beautiful and nicely renovated Galerie Vivienne, described as one of the most iconic covered arcades in Paris.
Though most of the shops were closed, we of course found a lovely women’s boutique that was open and just HAD to make a few modest purchases! We walked through the Palais Royal again to the Tuileries….
Pretty worn out, we headed back to le Marais and our hotel to rest up a bit before dinner. Discovered a funky coffee cafe, Savannah Coffee, on rue Turenne just down the street from our hotel, where I got a large cafe au lait to go….really good!
We decided to take our chances on dinner and set out for rue Vielle du Temple, where we had seen several nice-looking restaurants the previous evening. Decided that des Gars dans la Cuisine looked inviting, but were told that they were “complet” (fully-booked) and so left. As we were walking down the street, however, the maitre d’ came running after us to say (I think) that he had had a cancellation and therefore had a table for us after all. Thrilled, we turned around and went back in for a wonderful and delicious dinner. Small and lively with a charming and friendly staff, Des Gars dans la Cuisine was the perfect choice for us.
After dinner, we walked down to the Seine and then back through Saint Paul Village to the hotel. Stopped at Savannah Coffee for a final cafe au lait and, though they were closing, we were invited in and served…the second lovely gesture of the evening. It was indeed a perfect Paris day! A demain…..