Saturday is a main street market day in Paris, with many farmers and cheese makers bring their goods into the city to sell at different markets. Our plan for the day was to visit a few markets, and I had searched out a few different kinds of markets--each unique in their "flavor" and goods sold. We had our Metro route all mapped out, and off we went--another early start, as some markets only run until noon or 1:00.
Our first market--the Porte de Montreuil Market, a "flea market" with second hand goods, furniture, bric a brac, clothes, and a separate covered area with vendors selling very interesting ethnic food. Or so the book said........
Hmmm---it was interesting, to say the least. Very crowded, a jumbled maze of narrow alleys with tables piled high with used (!!) clothes and shoes, electronics, etc. We never did find the interesting food section of the market. Needless to say, we didn't spend a lot of time at this market. Sorry, no pictures of this one--didn't feel like we should take our camera out--enough said!
Ok--so much for that guide book description! We were seriously hoping the next market was better.
We found our Metro stop, and were off to explore the Marche Beauvau. We walked up the Metro steeps to the street and we knew right away that this was more to our liking! It was a charming neighborhood, full of great shops. We were a little bit lost, so we pulled out our trusty map, and must have looked very confused. An elderly French gentleman stopped to help us, and even though he spoke no english, and we speak no french, we managed to understand each other. What a nice, helpful gentleman!
Finally we found the market, at it was wonderful. Full of beautifully displayed fresh vegetables and fruit-some that were new to us. I have never heard of mirabelles, they look kind of like a large yellow cherry, and are sweet and delicious-we had one in a pastry. There were also some vegetables that were different than we get at home, the artichokes look quite different--they're purple! And those haricourt vertes--yummy!
We've bought them twice to fix for dinner.
Here is a picture of the main market street, and a few close ups of the fruit and vegetables, the market is two blocks long, on both sides!