Saturday, 28 September 2013

{A Saturday in Paris}

Today was my first properly free day - a day to explore my new hometown! Of course I leapt out of bed at 7.00 to take advantage of this..... just kidding. Last night was a bit of a debacle, as I found myself locked out of my studio at 8.30pm. Although I considered (OK, I may even have tried) climbing over some railings and along a ledge to my open window, fortunately my landlord's babysitter produced a spare set of keys. So of course, un grand merci to her for saving me from a night on a park bench! 

After sleeping in late to recover from my personal trauma, I managed to catch the local market before it finished for the morning. 



It's a charming set-up and very popular - the world and his wife like to do their shopping there. Apparently you have to be there at 8.30am to get the best products - maybe a bit of a stretch for me.


I only stopped in for some breakfast, in the form of pastry - what else?! I went for a pastel de nata - which is actually from Portugal. So far, it's the best tart I've had in Paris. Filled with custard and sprinkled with cinnamon, it certainly woke me up!


Running on pure custard, I hopped on a Metro and headed to Le Marais - somewhere I'd never been before but heard plenty about. On the way there I passed by the Hôtel de Ville, where there was an exhibition on along its outside walls. It's called 'Les Parisiens,' and features artwork by the Japanese artist Kanako from cult website My Little Paris. The prints are wry little observations about Parisians illustrated with beautiful drawings. A must see. 




There was also a market on at Hôtel de Ville - which makes me think it is the Parisian's favourite pastime.. 





Finally I arrived in the little streets of Le Marais, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is definitely the Brooklyn or Shoreditch of Paris - with beards and artists on every street. I loved the name of this restaurant and street: 'The Bad Boys'...



I spent the day exploring the beautiful shop windows and cafés, stopping at the busiest falafel place for a quick refill. There's plenty of vintage shops in Le Marais, interspersed with luxe clothing shops like The Kooples. All this makes for plenty to look at and photograph. 







Just a man, playing saxophone, in the middle of the street.. Only in Paris!



I loved this shop - it seemed to sell only books and wine. What more do you need in life?




A great day spent in Le Marais, I returned wearily to my little studio to get ready for a special reunion this evening...

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