After breakfast and some much needed sunbathing, we walked over to the Marche Bastille. This is one of the famous open-air french markets where most of the residents purchase their fresh meats, fruits, veggies, and spices, etc. It's defintely not Vons! You'll hear shouts of "Allez! Allez!" from the Lebanese hawkers trying to encourage your purchase. We bought a small sack of clementines, a modest wedge of Comte cheese, and a fresh baguette. We opted to skip the lobsters and took in huge whiffs of the beautiful olives. We also couldn't resist checking out all of the spice vendors' stands.
|The lobsters's antennae were moving!!|
|Kim, this one is for you!|
Overconfidence with the Paris rail system found us on the "wrong" train to Versailles (to Chantiers vs. the intended Rive Gauche). But funny thing, turns out arriving at the train station farther from the Chateau forces a long walk through charming Versailles town. And, of course, past yet another Boulanger/Patisierre so we're compelled to enjoy another batch of croissant, eclairs, and long-espressos. Following this, we turn the corner to behold the most extreme example of architectural opulence & income inequity in human history - the Palace of Versailles.
|King Louis XVI|
|Hall of Mirrors|
|Les Jardins des Versailles|
Following this historical episode, we got our checked bag at the entrance & then devoured the baguette & Comte we had bought at the Marche that morning. We ended up going back to the (much less crowded) 'wrong' train station & made our way back to Paris centre. After a couple deserved hours resting our feet, we actually went for our dinner at the civilized Euro-hour of 10:30 pm. I'm not exactly sure what this means, but Claudine's reminding me to note we dined next to the Hermes fashion show crew and that our brasserie was designed by Sonia Rykiel.
Here was my appetizer (Marinated scallops in clementine atop a bed of herbed sorghum (think semolina)) and Claudine had this amazing potato & asparagus soup served in a beautiful red Le Creuset pot. Our friend Kim said we need to post more pictures of what we're eating. Here you go Kim!