While I have no real plans for today - which is exactly the way I like to spend a Saturday - I thought it might be fun to keep a food theme going and visit Les Halles (I have linked you to a fabulous blogger who provides detailed descriptions as well as countless photos of the city of Paris). For those of you who are familiar with Zola's work, this is the Belly of Paris location (I personally have not read any of Zola's works yet, but this may go to the top of the TBR pile after the visit). In a former life ever so many decades ago - I dappled in the area of catering and I think deep down there is still a culinary interest. It might be fun to traverse this area pretending to be a chef and looking for that perfect ingredient or that special cooking utensil.
|Entrance to Rue Montorgueil|
|The infamous sign!|
Along the route I did buy a Poulet Sandwich and a Tarte Orange to eat in a local park. There were so many tasty sensations all along the way from arromatic fromageries to decadent patisseries, and I could easily have bought so much more, but I knew I had the rest of the day ahead of me and little room in my backpack to carry things.
The next stop was the Centre Pompidou - where I did indeed find a nice spot to sit and eat lunch and enjoy people watching. The lines were quite low at this museum - I don't know if it was still too early for the crowds (around 12:30PM) - or if the extremely nice weather (sunny and around 75) dictated outdoor activities rather than indoor museum visits. In any case, I was able to enter immediately and set on my way. Interestingly .... I have purchased audio guides at each museum (I really don't know much about art and can use all the help that I can get) but the Pompidou was the first time that I had to leave my driver's license as collateral. That was a bit eerie - but then again, the audio guide was essentially an iPod Touch and I am sure much more expensive than the others.
|La Liseuse by Picasso|
I spent quite a bit of time in the gift shop looking at all the paraphernalia - but ultimately decided on just a few postcards and a fun writing notebook.
|Taken on Pompidou terrace|
I logged nearly 19,500 steps today and I must admit that I am quite weary. I have decided to stay close to home tomorrow - and in fact, I actually called and booked a lunch reservation at the Moulin de la Galette! To call and make a reservation in French was w-a-y outside my comfort zone - but I am so very glad that I did! I plan to also visit the Museum Montmartre and the Cimitere Montmartre - as well as perhaps the touristy Place du Tertre. it is very hard to believe that I have already been here a week - and I know that this next week will simply fly by.