Bastille Arts and Crafts Market in Paris

Place des Vosges in the MorningMy title for this post is a bit misleading because my intentions were to post about a wonderful Marche in the Bastille with many artisans.  Unfortunately, the market was a bit of a bust.  The book said it began at 9, but it began at 10.  I didn’t mind the wait as I grabbed un cafe.  When I returned after 10, there were still only a small handful of stalls open.  C’est la vie.  I’ll try again later on a Saturday to see if it is any better another time.

What originally began as a walk to the market turned out to be a walk of discovery.  I strolled past the Place des Vosges, which is not even a block away.  To my fortune, I uncovered the running path of the nearby firemen.  Not a bad start to my walk.  The Bastille is just a couple blocks away from where I am staying, so I felt like I was exploring a new area in my neighborhood.

I found some treasures.  First, I saw a boulangerie that was posted on Facebook to be the best.  C’est magnifique!  I purchased a baguette (which may be gone before the end of the night) and some macaroons (which are already gone).  As I continued, I found a restaurant that I have heard about over and over: Frenchie.  This will have to be a treat to myself for dinner one night so I can share what is so fantastic about it.  The responsibilities of writing a travel blog are heavy.  Then, I found a wonderful shopping street with many famous stores, but not near the congestion of Rue de Rivoli.

Besides my general voyage around the area, I found my inner photographer voice screaming out at me.  The weather was blah, but the streets were beautiful.  I realized I need to spend some more time in my own vicinity to better understand my home in Paris.  Please tell me what you think of the photos.  I have recently discovered Adobe Lightroom and I’d like to know what you think about the images I am creating.  Merci beaucoup!

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