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.

The exterior.

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

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

A selection of colors.

Decorative items.

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.

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

As you enter.

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

At another place down the street.

Interesting carving.

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.

A lot for sale.

The melon looked good.

There were piles of flowers.

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

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.

Installation almost complete.

From the front.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

There’s part of the Bibliotech behind the trees.

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

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.

It’s a little jewel box of a place.

There are bowls of chocolate candy to tempt you.

Here is the mousse. My, it was good.

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

Here’s a look at a few of them. Yum.