Sunday, May 15, 2011

Saturday Sights

After leaving Sacre Coeur early last Saturday morning, Laury and I wandered the rues towards central Paris, enjoying the sights along the way....
Tables ready for the croissant and coffee crowd...
Prayer flags fluttering in the morning sun...
velibs awaiting riders...
its priests...
its commemoration of its old Les Halles market neighborhood, and
its newest Confirmands.
A new favorite store. Laury and I both admitted we could spend a lot of money in here. Why do we love almost everything in the store? Duh...it's our generation! And somebody did a whole lot of serious cleaning out of their parents' attics to find this wonderful collection of in-perfect-condition clothes from the 1960s and 1970s.
A new least favorite place in Paris...Les Halles. This courtyard is actually below street level. From the top on the street, you can go down to three different levels of modern mall stores. Very unattractive, very crowded. I'd read a lot of negative comments about this 'new' Les Halles that took the place of the historic marketplace that supplied food...meat, vegetable, fruits, cheese...to Paris for centuries. Those comments were right. While Paris usually does modern/old very well, this place misses completely. It was a relief to leave it!
If you're interested in some photos and commentary about the projects currently in progress to beautify this area, click here. It's in French, but the site has some great images of the buildings and the work-in-progress.


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