Woke at 8:45am. It was another restless night. Today the sky is cloudy and it is threatening rain. This would be a good time to visit a couple of the covered markets.
Around 10am, we finish our cereal and are on our way to the first market of the day, the Marché La Chapelle. This covered market is said to be a “beautiful example of Victor Baltard‘s work, with a splendid lacy iron structure and typical shape with a great glass roof.” It had been under a complete renovation taking over 30 months and was finally reopened in September of 2010. We arrived as it was just beginning to rain hard. But when we arrived, only a few of the food stalls were open, the rest were closed for the summer.
My DH consulted the web and found Marché d’Aligre, near the Bastille. Using the Metro, we were there in 10 minutes just as the skies were beginning to clear.
This was a lively market, packed with people of an Arabian nationality. Vendors were hollering, trying to entice shoppers to buy the produce from their stands, not the other guy’s. There was also a small flea market of sellers selling clothing and antiques.
After the market, we took a walk in the neighborhood.
We stumbled upon Promenade Plantée – an elevated park created on top of an old elevated train track. It was beautiful and allowed us to see the neighborhood from a whole new perspective.
Around 4pm, it started to cloud up again and we decide to return to the apartment. I worked on the blog and my DH worked on the computer. Around 8pm, I made dinner and we discussed plans for tomorrow.
By this time, the sky was dark with clouds and we decided to stay in for the evening. We watch the movie “Babette’s Feast”, a story about a French meal –it was beautiful! It also cooled down and rained most of the night making for great sleeping weather!
Quote of the day: “There is no door for the men’s urinal!” — DH.