Top 10 highlights from Paris, Part Deux

Yesterday, I posted my first five Paris highlights. Today? Let’s post the remaining five, shall we?

6. Rue Montorgueil, a gorgeous market street with butcher shops, boulangeries, cafes, chocolateries, fish markets and so on and so forth! We walked from our apartment one bright morning and went to Cafe du Centre for a great basic breakfast (coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and croissant or baguette).

Cafe du Centre


I also had the great privilege of visiting La Fermette, cheese capitol of the universe, also on Rue Montorgueil. We spotted it right away with the black and white cow above the storefront. Best item was their 30-month comte, which the seller warned me about, in case I couldn’t handle it. Oh, yeah, I could handle it! It was a delightful, nutty cheese and we bought a block of it. They also sold these plates of various cheeses for about 11 euros – really generous portions (we got one plate that was stellar – sadly, they weren’t labeled so it’s tough to know what cheese we had – but it had a good variety to suit every palate. A camembert, a blue cheese, a goat cheese, a Mimolette, etc.)

7. Carousels. The carousel capitol of the universe has to be Paris! They have double-decker carousels! And carousels with pirate ships on them that move side to side! Every park has one and they’re so old-fashioned and lovely!


8. Bouncing mattresses. There are trampolines in the Jardin des Tuileries and they are fantastic. For a small price, each child gets an individual trampoline to use for a set amount of time!


9. Notre Dame. The architecture always takes my breath away and this time? We heard the new bells, which were just glorious and they chimed every 15 minutes! Also loved the little playground just behind the cathedral, with colorful see-saws and some other small pieces of playground equipment.

Notre Dame

10. Ile St.-Louis. I’m pretty sure that the term “lèche-vitrines” (literal French translation – “window licking” but means window shopping) was invented here. We loved strolling through and eyeing all the beautiful little shops and eateries.


Posted on 24, April 2013, in Food, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. paulinewiles

    I didn’t know Paris was famous for carousels!
    As for “chocolaterie”, is there any finer word in the French language? Although the expression lèche-vitrines comes a close second, for sure.
    Loved these highlights.

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