On saturday we met a couple of friends for lunch at the Marché des enfants rouges, one of my favourite places to eat and apparently the oldest market in Paris.
(This sign says: you are in the right place. Very true.)
It's fairly small and over 50% of the stalls are open-air restaurants. Yummy food from all over the place. I've only tried 3 of the stalls so far but I've been impressed. It's best to get there relatively early to avoid having to stand in line for a table (probably what I hate most about Paris). I always finish with a vanilla aragostina from the Italian stall. SO. GOOD.
Half fresh produce and half posh Parisians smoking after a good lunch
I can't remember what region the food we had was supposed to be from. I had the weirdest salad ever.
Yes, those are flowers. Prickly flowers! And what looked like little succulent shoots. There's mozarella and something else hiding under there too. Was it tapenade? Not sure...
Anyway, it was good! We also had a cheese platter but it looks like we scoffed it without bothering to take its picture first.
The others had Turkish and other delights for dessert. I stuck to my vanilla aragostina. Of course I didn't get a picture of it! But this is what they look like:
I even found a recipe in Italian, in case you're feeling adventurous.
Who wants a mepon?
Then we wandered around in the Marais for a while and checked out some thrift shops. Not my favourite place to be. I love a good flea market or antique shop, but old clothes that smell of other people? Nope, not my thing.
What a crazy mix.
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with T.
I'll admit that on a nice day and without too many people around, Paris is pretty stunning.
But since you just came across the cutest little shop and found a beautiful plate on sale, you decide that in the end, Paris in the summer is rather sweet.
How many animals can you see?
This isn't its final spot. I just thought it might look cute like that. It doesn't really, but I couldn't be bothered to change the arrangement.
So that's what we did last weekend! Tomorow we're off to the centre of France to visit Boyfriend's family. I'm getting ready for long meals and lots of enthusiastic shouting: "oui oui oui!!!" "non non non non non! Où est la plume de ma tante?"