Meandering Through Paris 2014 – Part 2

After our seven hours of walking the day before, we decided to enjoy a more leisurely pace. It was Sunday, so we knew there would be an open-air market in the park across the street (and down a couple of blocks) from the hotel. We had quickly walked through the Saturday market the day before, which had featured art and artisans. We knew by the row of trucks along the side of the road that today’s market was going to be quite different! And it was.

What a feast for the eyes! The market stretched for several city blocks and offered just about everything you could imagine an open-air market would. Fresh food of every kind, colour, variety, shape and size. Whole tables of just olives, another table of just spices, an entire kiosk of just cheese, another of handmade sausages. There were also stalls selling clothing, jewelry, kitchen gadgets, bedding, handmade crafts, materials, scarves, purses – and so much more! The market was bustling and we had trouble getting close to some of the more popular stalls (e.g., the one selling fresh croissants and breads of every kind had the longest line of all).

We quickly realized that we were remiss in not bringing along a big grocery cart, because there was so much we wanted to try there. We managed to pick up quite a lot of good stuff to stock our fridge for the next few days. We were especially glad to find a stall that sold eggs in single quantities, since a full carton was more than we would be able to finish in the few days left.

It took us several hours to browse through the entire market. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning indeed! After enjoying a lunch comprised of many of the gourmet treasures we had picked up at the market, we napped the rest of the afternoon away. Then in the evening, some friends that my husband had met through his online bridge game came to our hotel and we all went for supper at a beautiful restaurant quite close to our hotel. The “Brasserie” was called Bofinger and turned out to be a wonderful culinary experience. (If you get a chance, click on the link and have a look, or Google “Bofinger” and browse through the pictures that others have taken of the staircase and stained glass window dome inside the restaurant…I did take some photos, but the restaurant was very crowded and waiters were bustling everywhere, so it was difficult to get good pictures…there are much better ones out there on the web if you want to see more).

The meal began with a bottle of champagne and caramelized foie gras for all four of us even though it wasn’t on the menu for two of us. This was my first taste ever of foie gras so I approached it with great apprehension, but loved it so much I had to resist eating hubby’s too! I ordered the chateaubriand, which predictably came much too rare for me so I had to send it back. But our servers were wonderful and very pleasant, and happily brought the steak back cooked exactly the way I had asked for…the whole meal was awesome and the company delightful.

I don’t have a whole lot of pictures from that restaurant, but here are some of the market and the few taken at the Bofinger for you to enjoy. (In order to maintain the privacy of our friends, I’ve cropped the restaurant pictures to show just Andre and myself.)

In my next segment, we’ll go to Fontainebleau!

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Fish and seafood, at the Bastille-Marais open air market

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More seafood of every kind! at the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Andre, at the Bastille-Marais open air market

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A small glimpse of the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Fruits and vegetables galore, some I’d never seen before. At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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More fish and seafood…lots of eyes staring up at us, at the Bastille-Marais open air market

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We could hear this vendor’s voice all over the market! Hubby tried to coax a smile out of him, but he told us he’d only smile if we bought something from him. At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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I love that we could buy single eggs! (at the Bastille-Marais open air market)

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Everything from cauliflower and eggs to clothes and bedding! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Every kind of cheese imaginable! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Jewelry and more! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Handmade sausages!

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Seafood everywhere! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Fresh flowers too! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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It smelled really good here! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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Olives! These are all olives! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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And spices! At the Bastille-Marais open air market

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The Bastille-Marais open air market just kept going and going and going for blocks!

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The beautiful stained glass dome inside the Brasserie Bofinger

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The view of the stained glass dome from our table at the Brasserie Bofinger

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Andre and Sharon (those red cheeks were courtesy of the champagne!) at the Brasserie Bofinger

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A wonderful meal and evening with friends at the Brasserie Bofinger

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Nice bathroom doors, at the Brasserie Bofinger

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The Bastille all lit up against the moon.

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A lovely ending to a perfect day! (The Bastille)

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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4 Responses to Meandering Through Paris 2014 – Part 2

  1. The open air market looks like it would be total sensory overload!!

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  2. Loved your descriptions, and photography. I swear I could smell the cheese!

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