Left Bank Views

More views around the Left Bank, mostly on the Rue du Buci, a fun, lively place.

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There is a little flower shop there that always has the most fabulous flowers. I doctored up the photo a little.

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During the winter season, there are oysters and shrimp for sale at a stand on the street. I love shrimp. You know what I can’t find here?–cocktail sauce. I have to make my own which I discovered has horse radish in it so I bring some with me when I come from the States as I haven’t found a source here either.

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This place sells ham that is cut right off of the legs which you can see sitting in the window, hoofs and all, but I like the rose on the window the best.

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You can eat outside there too but it is a little nippy here right now. By the way, they have passed a law and smoking is not allowed anymore in restaurants. I am so happy. I had gotten used to it by necessity and I thought there would be a huge strike and upheaval here as smoking is such a huge part of eating and drinking in France but it seems to have happened very smoothly.
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10 thoughts to “Left Bank Views”

  1. If you’re after horseradish, perhaps if you know of any Russian stores look for khren (might be written xрен) or stock up on kren if you’re popping across to Germany for any reason!

    I’m so happy about the new no-smoking status in cafes and bars too! I think the enormous fines have something to do with the smooth transition…

  2. Great news on the smoking ban – cigarettes and great French food definitely don’t mix. I’ll enjoy eating out more on my next trip over (hopefully in Sept.) to visit my family near Carcassonne!
    Love the photos today Linda – can see you’re out and about in Paris making the most of your time there. Such a wonderful place to carry one’s camera – I always want to photograph EVERYTHING!

  3. Thank you for your continuing tour….
    Those shrimp really are beautiful! My DH would really love those; I can’t eat them.
    I’m surprised the smoking ban is transitioning in so easily, but it must make eating out a little more pleasant. I’ve practically forgotten, here, what it’s like to smell cigarette smoke in restaurants and bars…isn’t it amazing to think that people used to smoke everywhere, theatres, airplanes, workplaces…I never smoked, but I do feel slightly sorry for the smokers these days…not politically correct, I realize. But I don’t miss the smoke at all.

  4. Hello from a fellow Paris blogger! I came across you from a comment on Maryam’s blog and have linked to you from my blog and will *definitely* be back – what wonderful pictures you take.

  5. Those shrimps look very tasty indeed…and what a lovely looking cafe. The picture on the window is brilliant.

    Oh I must go to France again very soon!!!

  6. I never knew the cocktail sauce had horseradish in it.

    We always make our own, never with horseradish…

    200 g salad cream
    3 tbsp tomato ketchup
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    Few drops Tabasco

    it is delicious. Try it and let me know x

  7. I never knew the cocktail sauce had horseradish in it.

    We always make our own, never with horseradish…

    200 g salad cream
    3 tbsp tomato ketchup
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    Few drops Tabasco

    it is delicious. Try it and let me know x

  8. Love the around-town shots that you take!
    I’m glad to know that the Paris no-smoking ban is being enforced. I wondered about that. I still wonder if it will stick long-term.

  9. I hadn’t seen a post from you since 1/3 and decided that you’d gone skiing. Then today several came at once. Of course it may have had something to do with the major storm that left us without power for 5 days!

    RE smoking – I noticed an enormous decline in smoking when in France in the fall. When the smoking rules began to change several years ago, I was amused to see the attandants on the train puffing away under the “Defense de fumer” signs, while selling food to travelers. Here in Carmel smoking is banned even on the beach, as well as everywhere else.

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