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This morning we went to Les Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen
This vast flea market, founded in the late 19th century and said to be Europe’s largest, has more than 2500 stalls grouped into a dozen marchés (market areas), each with its own speciality (eg Paul Bert for 17th-century furniture, Malik for clothing, Biron for Asian art). There are miles upon miles of ‘freelance’ stalls. ...
... saw the few items that were our priorities: The Mona Lisa, The Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and La liberté guidant le peuple or Liberty Leading the People. Though our passes were good for the whole day, we knew that we didn't have the whole day to commit to just one museum. It was so impressive. I would love to go back and spend a week wandering through the entire museum and listening to the audio-guide describe the importance and intricacies of the most famous pieces. ...
... the handrail of a bridge. This makes for interesting viewing but the additional weight on the bridges must be incredible.
As we walk we see Notre Dame de Paris from a completely different angle. Looking up you appreciate the scale of the building and the amount of effort it must have taken to build it. From here we head towards Hotel de Ville making a reasonable loop of the area.
We catch the Metro to the Champs Elysees and visit ...
There have been options of doing organised walks with a mob called urban adventures in all of the other cities we have been in but we haven't taken up the offer. This one however came highly recommended and also included some food! So Joelene was already in! So lets get to the exciting bit first, the cheese tasting was held in this tiny little market street and was pretty good. The goats cheese was exceptional and i will be having a bit more of a crack at this when i ...
... our local artisan Boulanger (called Baguepi) was better than amazing – I think we agreed it was the best one we’d had (from a strong line up of contenders, so very high praise indeed). Happily, we can go crazy and buy as many as we want for the remainder of our time in Paris :-)
Then a slow stroll around the island, before getting back into the boat for some more leisurely (for me at least) rowing – although it seemed like French ...