I wonder if anyone can guess where I went today… I sure didn’t know it existed until I was there. It all started with the hopes of a gourmet cheeseburger. I’m not sure what it is about craving the beef sandwich, because I rarely order one at home. For some reason, I appreciate the twist on an American favorite here.
Le Camion Gourmand is “the” food truck of Paris. The name even evokes a sense of pride. Surprisingly, they mostly serve the suburbs of Paris. When a girl wants a burger, she gets her burger. I viewed their site to see where they would be, and what I could do in that area. My metro is line 1 which ends at La Defense in the west and Chateau de Vincennes to the east. Who would have thought there is actually a chateau at Chateau de Vincennes? Not me apparently. Well, the name is more than an illusion, there actually is a middle-aged chateau there. And it used to have a moat!
I followed the metro out to Montreuil for my food fix. It is a very working class/business kind of district. It is not quite as high-end as La Defense, but not scary either. My sketchy photographic memory actually remembered the path to the truck, and I successfully found it without a hitch. This is quite rare, so I usually have an internal celebration at my unsurpassed success.
The options are fairly simple because all that really changes is the cheese. Being a big goat cheese fan, I ordered Le Seguin. In between the bun you will find a delicate burger, caramelized onions, red onion, goat cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickle, and a sauce. Who can have a burger without fries? Not me. I sat on a small post just a few feet away to savor my wonderful burger that was in a box like a present. Too bad I didn’t have someone with me to finish what I could not.
Feeling like the biggest pig in Paris with my burger stenched fingers, I felt the need for a walk. I knew the chateau was southeast, so I followed that direction. I ran right into it. I was on a roll today. You can enter the grounds for free, but the chateau and church cost. I was feeling a bit stingy today, so I just took in the exterior. Across the way I saw something that intrigued me. There was greenery, and lots of it.
Just on the other end of the Chateau was a floral park. I spent a couple hours wandering the paths, smelling the flowers, and running away from the bees. If you have not met me, you probably don’t know that I dislike insects and spiders. Dislike is probably not the right word. I am a child when a buzz sound gets too close. I know it is ridiculous, but c’est la vie.
I felt like I was returning to my roots of photography because it all began with flowers. I have thousands of photos, yet I still enjoy capturing a flower just right. I wasn’t planning on walking much or taking many photos, so I lightened my load by only bringing my point-and-shoot, and not my DSLR or my video camera. There was a group of guys with big cojones cameras. I was a bit sad I didn’t bring my heavy equipment, but I was pretty pleased with what I captured today. Plus, I know I can compete with their images any day. Not that I was sizing up or anything…
Favorite moments of the day? Having a desire and meeting it. Finding new spaces along the way. Drinking a wonderful wine of the month from Nicolas. Sharing my photos and experiences with others. Life is good.