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Les Marchés de Paris

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History, culture and necessity coalesce in the more than ninety markets dotted throughout the city of Paris. Some marketplaces can be traced back a thousand years or more while others inhabit historically significant sites like the one on the Blvd. Richard Lenoir at Bastille where these songsters perform with an ancient barrel organ…
The wide tree-lined boulevard leading to the place where the Bastille prison stood (until it was stormed on July 14th 1789) is transformed every Sunday morning into a bustling outdoor bazaar bursting with produce from all over France. The arrangements of fruits and vegetables are particularly appealing…
And what about these incredible mushrooms?
The extravagant Queen Marie Antoinette would have known these streets well from the comfort and privacy of her gilded carriages. She was guillotined just a few blocks away in 1793. Perhaps she would be pleased to see that there is no shortage of bread here today…
Bread, the most staple of staples in France, may currently be vilified as the cause of corpulence in many countries, but it doesn’t seem to have done Parisians’ waistlines any harm. Ditto for cheese and wine…
While many Canadians are still grappling with the seemingly perilous notion of letting people buy alcohol in supermarkets – (Mon Dieu - quelle horreur!) – the French happily flog plonk at every opportunity (often cheaper than Evian or Perrier). Here in Le Marché Richard Lenoir you can buy your Sunday lunch of bread, cheese and a bottle of wine for the price of a grande Starbucks cappucino.

Church attendance in France may have hit an all time low, but the tradition of shopping for food in the market on Sunday morning is as strong as ever. However, there is much more on offer than the poultry, fish and fruits. Numerous artisans of Paris proudly display their creations in the Marché Edgar Quinet. This is Régis d’Audeville with his botanical works of art…
And this is Sylvie, a delightful Parisian artist who has turned her creative talents to making millinery objets d’art…
We only managed three of the ninety markets before we were spent, but we felt quite justified in rewarding ourselves with some of these fabulous custard tarts at the Marché Alesia on our way home…
Marie Antoinette was right – it is better to eat cake.

Posted by Hawkson 09:54 Archived in France

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Everything looks so wonderful, do you take groups with you on your travels?

by Fran

You sure know how to please the foodies in your followers. You would have to roll me out of Paris. Mind you all that walking.....

by Sue Fitzwilson

Did you ,on purpose, want me to salivate over those delicious looking Pastel de Nata ?
Happy travels n la Belle France

by Christine Lloyd

I am cooking a butternut squash right now in Winnipeg! I will pretend it is from Paris! I want a custard tart por favor!

by Joyce

We of the foodie group look forward to salivating over your wonderful delicacy photos. Keep them coming. I think those custard tarts have appeared at La table de Bliss on occasion. Mmmmm.

by R and B

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