I’ve earned some sore feet today. That seems to happen a lot when I travel. Today’s agenda was about all new sights. Although this is my fifth time returning to Paris, I’ve realized there is more to do than the time given in the human life.
As I sit here tonight, I’m trying to figure out what would be the best way to share what I’ve done and learned. Rather than having a flowing essay, I think brief segments on each place would be most beneficial for all of us. When I return home, I’ll go in more depth in case you want to know more about each place. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this idea.
Porte de Vanves Flea Market
I’ve been to Marche Aux Puces a couple times, but I think this is a simpler, friendly market for smaller antiques. If you are looking to buy furniture, this may not be the right one for you, but if you are looking for posters, kitchen utensils, or other small items, this may be a good choice. I didn’t purchase anything, but I was definitely tempted. Interested? Take metro to Porte de Vanves and follow the signs to the market a couple blocks away.
Chez Prune Restaurant
Just down the street from our apartment, is a famous restaurant called Chez Prune. It is well known for its food and famous female chef (Book: Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef). If you are a picky eater, then this is probably not the place for you. We had a list of five plat du jour menu items, and each had its own delicious twist. I ordered the duck with mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and endive salad. Yum.
After recharging our batteries at lunch, we followed part of a “Phantom of the Opera Tour.” We got off at the Trinite metro stop and entered the church adjacent to the metro. We were surprised by a private practice concert as we entered the almost vacant church. If you are in the neighborhood and enjoy visiting churches, you should stop in.
I’ve avoided the department stores, but after seeing so many pictures of the Galleries Lafeyatte and the view from the church, I gave in. The views are free and impressive. If you go in, make sure you go up to the 7th floor.
Another free sight is the Parfumerie down the street from the gallerie. If you enjoy perfume or would like to see a nineteenth century mansion, take a quick tour upstairs. The museum shared fun facts such as women needing small narrow bottles of perfume to carry in their cleavage (the original purse). There was also an interactive section where you could guess the scent. I apparently have not learned my scents yet.
We finished our evening with a tour from Paris Greeters. I will share the pictures for now, but will share our adventure later. I highly recommend checking out this amazing service if you are visiting Paris. Maurice provided a very private and personal tour. If you have any bad stereotypes about the French, meet Maurice and your perception will be altered.