New To Me

There is a French company that makes the famous green chairs found in parks around Paris called Fermob and they have a store for the oublic where you can find more than just green chairs. I was interested to have a look at what was sold there.

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The exterior.

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Small models if you want one for your own garden or terrace.

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These little birdhouses were to hold keys with a specially made key ring. The birds were actually whistles.

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A selection of colors.

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Decorative items.

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And a pretty courtyard seen inside the store. I wish I had a terrace to put furniture on here in Paris so I could decorate it with some of what I saw in this store.

Eating Out

We tried a new little place not far from us for Vietnamese food. It was on a really charming street.

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As you can see it was called Do & Riz, a very small place. The food was very fresh and good.

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As you enter.

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On the place next door. Smokers have to go outside to smoke so I guess the neighbours don’t like the noise.

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At another place down the street.

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Interesting carving.

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Love that Paris architecture.

Paris Market

The very first market I visited when I first moved to Paris was at the Place d’Aligre. It is very lively and the vegetables and fruit being sold there are cheaper than most markets. I found out that this is because they sell produce that the other market vendors pass on so you need to eat what you buy right away. I was in the neighbourhood so stopped by for a few photos.

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A lot for sale.

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The melon looked good.

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There were piles of flowers.

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There is a covered market too. This was the very nice cheese counter.

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Another view of the covered section.

Art and Architecture

I’m a fan of most architecture, mostly the older kind. The pyramid at the Louvre has grown on me. For a month, an art installation is on it, sort of interesting.

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Installation almost complete.

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From the front.

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Finished but I was there in the late afternoon and couldn’t get a photo without people in front of it.

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Turn around and here is this architecture, a small Arch de Triomphe. Those Romans were so good at architecture which was copied here.

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Parisian architecture up close, window from the early 1900’s.

Life on the Seine

Maurice and I were at a movie near the Bercy park and decided to check out the area near the Bibliotech in Paris, a lively student area. We didn’t get any further than the area along the Seine which is lined with bars and places to eat.

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We went here for lunch which turned out to be sort of a student cafeteria and it was, indeed, full of students. The food was just average but we each ate a meal with dessert for eight euros so hard to complain.

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This is called the Barafar, a nightclub with music and I noticed that they do a Sunday brunch too.

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While eating lunch this boat passed by, a bride and groom on a cruise up the Seine. I noticed that there were tables set up down below for a meal. Looked like fun.

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There’s part of the Bibliotech behind the trees.

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A look at several other places to eat along the Seine with the bridge passing over, the Pont de Bercy.

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A closer look.

I wrote this at least a week before the flooding that hit Paris and have been wondering what sort of damage happened to the boats and restaurants all lined up here. I have been at our beach place and wasn’t able to go see.

Mousse To Go!

I happened upon a shop with a friend on Rue du Bac called Chapon. It is a chocolate shop but with something to make it different: bowls of mousse sitting there to tempt you. You get it to go, either in a container to take home or in a little cup to eat right there.

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It’s a little jewel box of a place.

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There are bowls of chocolate candy to tempt you.

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Here is the mousse. My, it was good.

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We saw this place nearby too. It’s the café Pouchkine which is a Russian place selling Russian pastries.

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Here’s a look at a few of them. Yum.