Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Walking Tour of Upper Marais

Today's self-guided walking tour reversed the route in our book because we started at lunchtime and the planned lunch was near the end of the walk.  It began at the Square du Temple, an attractive park, and from there we went directly to Marché des Enfants Rouges (the Market of the Red Children) on the former site of an orphanage whose children wore red uniforms.  It's now a market that sells fruits, vegetables, and lots of prepared foods that can be consumed on the premises.

We bought from the Japanese vendor and had fried chicken and grilled sardine bento boxes.

The building housing the National Archives was built for a mistress of Louis XIV.  Very impressive!

Equally impressive is the Musée Carnavalet, the museum of the City of Paris.  It has a beautiful garden, and admission is free!

Here's an example of an old sign from the Rue Moufettard neighborhood.

We stopped at a cafe we'd visited several times in 2009 for dessert, coffee, and tea.  Our deserts were a Diplomat (a marble cake with Creme Anglaise) and Mille Feuille, layers of puff pastry filled with pastry cream and raspberries.  Delicious!

Note to self:  Don't walk these tours backwards.  Too confusing!

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