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November 16, 2010

~ Mary ~


John and I went to Paris and met Frank and Niki there, a month ago.  You would have gotten a sneak peek if you liked us on Facebook.
John was so excited about this trip that he pulled out his old French CD’s and started playing them on long road trips to his accounts in Wisconsin.



I learned some of these French words and phrases second hand which is never a good idea, especially when Niki is along for the ride. She doesn’t think she speaks fluently, but she sure criticizes the accent like she is. That’s what nine years of French will give you in those Belgian public schools, FLUENCY! It’s fun to listen to her speak French, it seems so sing-songy, light and fluffy. Although our hotel owner didn’t like her French and proceeded to speak English to her while she stayed in French. What a hootinanny!

Niki even sang us a song about the Champs Elyses in French.


Le Baron Rouge, a wine bar that was one of our favorite stops. Click photo for description.


Of course we went to several markets, the ones we found most enjoyable, fruitful, bountiful with tons of variety were: The Marche` Ave. President Wilson, March` de Aligre (make sure you go into the building as well as the street) and our most favorite of all the markets: Saxe-Breteuil Market in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower.


I only have David Lebovitz to thank for such strong recommendations on where to eat and shop.  I found his website after having read his delightful book: The Sweet Life in Paris. I had mapped out several of his suggestions on our walking map in hopes that when we got hungry we’d be near one or two spots. It turned out we actually made it our destination to seek out these locations and we were never disappointed! Thank you David!!


Frank provided us with plenty of entertainment!  Poor Niki and John.  They dealt with the antics by ignoring Frank.  HA!


Les Papilles was one of the most treasured stops on our trip.  Of course it was another recommendation from David Lebovitz and you can get his full description byclicking here.

I did not take the four photos above, please click on any photo to take you to its source.


Maps, maps and more maps.  I had a little OCD and time on my hands before we left, and when John asked me to map out some ‘stuff’ I pounced at the chance.  You see, often times we just drop ourselves into any given city without planning and let the chips fall where they may.  More often than not we’ve been completely happy with that, except for the last time we ventured off to Paris on a day trip.  But that’s another story for another time, today we’re only having HAPPY Paris stories.  This time I scoured David’s website, took Rick Steves’ guide-book and CO-ORDINATED.  I was NOT leaving anything to chance.  You can see the bottom left photo is the huge city map with all my color coordinated 3M Post-its (thank you Mindy!!).  Each Post-it then had a corresponding detailed Google map (top right) with all the particulars; the days and times they’re open and on the back the description taken from David’s website.  From there, I left the trains and bus directions to Frank, Niki and John.  Yes, at times, getting to a place needed that many people.


We ran into a couple of protest marches.  The French are very dramatic.  We found it completely odd that young adults (left photo) were having a protest march about extending the retirement age to 62.  Cripes, their work lives haven’t even hardly begun.  The march on the right was so huge, it went on forever.  The white puppet was being ‘chased’ by big black crows, I don’t think you can see them very well.




Below is Les Crocs, yet another little gem we found in the Aligre market area before heading to Les Baron Rouge wine bar.  It’s a very petite restaurant, but somehow we managed to squeeze ourselves in to enjoy a bounty and excellent service.

These are the other two photos I did not take, please click on the photo to be taken to its source.


Au revoir, Paris……until next time.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2010 11:44 am

    Wow – what an amazing trip! This first vacation my husband and I had together, he was like “we’ll just play it by ear.”

    I am a total planner like you – not that anything is set in stone, but I need to have “ideas” at the ready if need be.

    First day there, we unpack, he looks at me and says “what are we doing today?!”

    Gorgeous pictures – I’ve never been out of the country (or even California for that matter!) so I will live vicariously through your pics. 😀

  2. November 16, 2010 6:38 pm

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and telling this story, what a wonderful place and looks like you had an amazing trip!

  3. November 16, 2010 7:27 pm

    ooooh, so fun! So happy that you had a great trip!

  4. November 16, 2010 7:54 pm

    Beautiful photos of the best city in the world. Thanks for sharing .

  5. November 16, 2010 8:00 pm

    Ahhh Pari!! My only visit was for 2 days and with so many landmarks it was hard to take it all in. I found myself at a little cafe struggling to decide on what to eat. My lack of French language skills and our waiters lack of English skills turned into a guessing game. I decided on the “Sicilian” pizza, because I thought in the good ol’ US of A a “Sicilian pizza, also known as Sfincione is a variety of pizza that originated in Palermo, Sicily. Unlike the more familiar Neapolitan pizza, it is typically square, with more dough, sauce and cheese.” (thanks wikipedia!) When my pizza arrived it was covered in tuna fish!

    • foododelmundo permalink
      November 16, 2010 11:49 pm

      HA! Lucky you 😉

  6. Pat permalink
    November 16, 2010 8:10 pm

    What a delight travel log! Looks like a wonderful trip!! That Frank, still the family clown!
    Beautiful pics….all of them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. November 16, 2010 9:49 pm

    Oh how we love that city! Thanks for the memories! Excellent photos!

  8. November 16, 2010 11:09 pm

    Fantastic pics! A vicarious journey is the next best thing to being there. Thanks for sharing the trip.

  9. November 17, 2010 5:52 am

    I just love Paris. It’s truely a food paradise. The pictures are stunning as always 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. November 18, 2010 11:07 am

    Oh, WOW what a fantastic trip. Your photos are terrific and they have ingnited the wanderlust in me. I’ll have to start saving for another trip.

    Thanks for sharing,

  11. November 19, 2010 3:17 pm

    Thanks for this lovely post. Brings back fond memories of my wonderful two years in the City of Light. There really is nothing like it. And the food…

  12. wanda permalink
    November 20, 2010 12:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures Mary!! Love the post!

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