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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 two long-ish flights, the bookend of a 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!).

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One day, I’ll do Paris (maybe even the rest of France) slowly. I’ve only ever done it fast, which is entirely inadequate. But for now I only know the city in increments of 18 hours, 10 hours, cramming whatever I can taste/see/smell/hear/enjoy in the smallest window of time.

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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.

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

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and across the Place de l’indépendence.

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On a whim, we sped over to the Marché aux puces – lanes upon alleys 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).

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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.

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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.


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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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