Here’s exactly how I’d be spending my Sunday in the City of Light.
Breakfast of croissants, baguette with butter and jam, and cafe creme at a cafe overlooking the bustling Place de la Bastille. Then shopping at the fantastic Marche Bastille, a massive outdoor farmer’s market that stretches several blocks from the Bastille along the Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
After dropping off my food purchases at my apartment I’ve rented for my stay, I walk through the Marais doing a bit of window shopping and perhaps buying a book or magazines at the renowned Le Mots a la Bouche LGBT bookstore on the Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie. Then it’s just down the street for a quick lunch at one of my favorite casual restaurants, Le Gai Moulin.
Fortified with a starter of baked eggs with foie gras and a main dish of confit de canard, I head across the Rue du Renard/Rue Beaubourg to the world-famous Pompidou Center to spend a couple of hours checking out the latest temporary art exhibit (currently “Frida and I,” a collection of Frida Kahlo’s work). I also pay a quick visit to my favorite pieces in the Musee National d’Art Moderne (hosted on two floors below the temporary exhibits in the Pompidou). I love the Pop Art and the Picassos, but I return time and again to view the impressive collections of Chagall and Matisse masterpieces.
Before returning home to cook dinner (with the delicious and fresh ingredients I bought at the farmer’s market), I stop at one of my favorite cafes, Le Reinitas, for a hot chocolate or maybe a delectable charcuterie plate, some prime people-watching and flipping through one of my new magazines as I enjoy Parisian life passing by..
My stroll back through the Marais brings me home, where I settle in for a night of cooking,a leisurely dinner, starting my new book and planning my next delightful day in the City of Light!
Heaven. Pure heaven. (More pics of my day below …)