13 October 2014

Paris, Part I.

Paris was as charming as the first time I visited. September was the perfect time to visit, the weather was warm, the flowers were out but the trees were full of falling leaves and changing colours. Of course we visited the usual places: Jardin Din De Tuiliries, The Louvre & Le Palais Royal. We walked down the Rue de Rivoli, across Pont Neuf to Notre Dame and stopped for many coffee breaks in street cafes. We visited the roof garden on top of Gallery Lafayette, walked up to Montmartre and visited the Arc de Triumph in the evening. We saw the Eiffel Tower and drank plenty of wine, then had dinner in West Bank. By the end we couldn't walk anymore, Paris was really special and we will be back.

Special spots:

Marché Bastille, Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France
This is Paris's biggest food market, we spent a few hours here and had delicious savoury crêpes with cheese and egg made in front of us.

Aux Delices de Manon, 400 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
One of the many beautiful boulangeries we had breakfast in, they have a wonderful collection of pain au chocolat, quiche, cakes and sandwiches. 

Astier de Villatte 173 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
A little shop near the Louvre, full of beautiful ceramics and scented candles.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, 39 Rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris, France
This is the oldest covered market in Paris, its quite tiny but an interesting little spot.

Merci, 11 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75004 Paris, France
A beautiful cafe, library, restaurant and store, we spent quite a few hours here enjoying their wonderful interior.

Buly 1803 officine universelle, 6 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
An interesting perfumery and soap shop. Too expensive for me, but nice to look at.

Boulangerie Ha, 142 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris, France
Our local boulangerie, it had the most wonderful selection of pastries. We ate from there quite a few times - in particular I had the most amazing éclair which I bought for the trip back to London.