Break in Paris

We've just returned from a 4 day weekend break in Paris, it was fabulous. We stayed in the Mercure Hotel in Dupleix, right opposite the Dupleix Metro Station; very handy for the Eiffel Tower (fig 1) and other tourist attractions. We did the usual sort of things – Louvre, river boat, Les Invalids, eating and drinking etc. and in keeping with modern time, a selfie (Fig 2); however, we just loved walking around the streets appreciating the spring blossom on the trees and the architecture. There were some fantastic building to behold; this area has quite a few Embassies situated in it, therefore the buildings are well maintained (Fig 3 & 4), but that's not what I want to reflect about in this blog.

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On the Sunday, right outside our hotel and underneath the overhead metro there was a market; it was fabulous. It started me thinking about when we lived in France, how superior both the range of choice and the quality of products were to what we get in England, not only in the markets, but also in the supermarkets. All of the produce was displayed in such a way as to present a tableau of healthy, top quality produce (Fig 5 & 6). The Fish stalls because of their variety and quality were impressive, the Butchers stalls were just as good, there was one even selling full Suckling Pigs; and then there were the Cheese stalls.

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Interestingly, there was a cheese shop (Fromagerie/Affineur) around the corner from the Hotel, it was called Laurent Dubois, at 2 Rue de Lourmel just off the Bd de Grenelle, they had a fabulous range of Cheeses (Fig 7, 8 & 9) and the staff were very friendly/helpful, willing to offer samples etc. Then there were the cheese stalls in the market, all had a fabulous range of cheese, they were always willing to talk about their cheeses and offer samples, the cheeses were amazing (Fig 10). I saw cheeses we had not eaten since we lived in the Correze; Rocamadour, Cabecou, Auvergne to name just three, then there were the larger cheeses such as this giant Emmental Suisse (Fig 11) along with the usual soft bloomy skin cheeses, especially Pont le-E'veque from Normandy (Fig 12) delicious.

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The eating hostelries were excellent too, we had meals in: an Italian restaurant called Ches Thomas which is on the rue de Lourmel, I can recommend his Escalope Milanese, the Bistro Dufleix on Bd. Grenelle – his Entrecote Steak is so tasty, with the added bonus that his chef can cook the steak well done, without destroying it. I can also heartily recommend the Auberge de Venise at 2 Rue De Le Bastille for excellent food at a reasonable price, but be warned, it's popular so book beforehand if you can. But of course, being in Paris, every meal was fantastic.

So all in all, you can gather we had a great time and I had a wonderful Birthday celebration – oh, did I not mention it? It was my Birthday whilst we were there.