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on what’s to eat, and a respite

this was a respite within a respite, so to speak. a 10-hour layover in Paris between 2 long-ish flights, the bookend of a long holiday. i was fortunate to have a French-fried friend to ease the airport doldrums, and even more fortunate that she is a great hostess (from as early as 6am!)

Paris France morning sunrise street urban city

one day, i will do Paris (maybe even the rest of France) slowly. i’ve only ever done it fast, which is entirely inadequate. 24 hours, 10 hours, whatever i can taste/see/smell/hear/enjoy in the smallest window of time.


arriving in the city by 7:30am, we set out to eat. first a pain au chocolat at the Marché des Enfants Rouges, only just awakening on this Saturday, then a walk about, and a leisurely breakfast in the sun at La Chambre des Oiseaux. What’s to eat? “Breakfast à la campagne” – an assortment of breads, cheeses, charcuterie, and jams, along with a warm and gingery drink.


evidently Paris sleeps in on Saturdays, so we strolled to pass the time: through the courtyards of the national archives building,


and across the Place de l’indépendence.


and then, on a whim, we sped over to the Marché aux puces – streets upon streets upon shops upon shops of flea market finds, from the gold-plated to the hand-carved to the taxidermied, and everything in between (and all for a pretty penny euro).



and then, before heading back to the airport, a grand finale: the finest éclairs around because, don’t you know, éclairs are the new macarons.  we took a selection, including fig, chocolate, and raspberry, but the best by far was the caramel-coffee, with gold-dusted, candied pralines.


i’ll admit to finishing mine off on the plane ride to Bamako. it was another lovely, whirlwind tour, and i hope to be back again soon.


many thanks to one Ms. J Camara for another fabulous few hours.

best wishes for a beautiful and Ebola-free weekend !


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