After a very good night's sleep, we had another hearty breakfast of hot oatmeal and yogurt. (Oh, okay-- we ate baguette and butter, too!! We are carbo-loading to keep us warm) We discuss the days plans, and decide that today is a good day to stroll through one of Paris' lovely street markets. Even though it's windy and chilly--at least it's not raining. In fact, we see big areas of blue sky!
The market we want to visit is just a few blocks away, but we decide that we'd avoid the Metro stairs today, and try to conserve Mom's energy for the market. We're thinking a taxi sounds just right!
There's a taxi stand a block from our apartment, so we walk over about 10 a.m.--and not a taxi in sight!
We waited around for a while, even tried to flag one down from the street, but no luck!
Mom says she is feeling great today, and would actually like to walk, so off we go. It was an easy walk--across the Seine River from our apartment. I even managed to guide us right to the market! The market is set on Avenue de President Wilson, and it's covered with awnings, so was quite protected from the wind and cold. It's one of the nicest markets in Paris, not in a tourist area but frequented mostly by locals. Today it was bustling with shoppers filling their small grocery carts, moms pushing strollers and even a few cute old French men wearing berets!
The variety of fruit and vegetables was amazing, and they were all beautifully displayed. There were also several cheese sellers, fishmongers and meat sellers, and a few clothes thrown in for good measure! We strolled from one end to the other, and Mom and Dad really enjoyed looking at the many different kinds of produce. We even had a couple of tasty samples--some pretty good goose liver pate. Only two small purchases, a pair of gloves for my Mom's frozen fingers, and little something for my dear friend Deb!
Here are some pictures of the lovely Marche Avenue de President Wilson:
The start of the market:
Beautiful strawberries and watermelon:
Look at these gorgeous French Radishes:
Many vegetable vendors had a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, all colors and shapes:
I thought these chocolate brown tomatoes were interesting, and the nice lady assured be they were ripe and delicious, ready to eat today!
Here's Mom and Dad--checking out the veggies:
And my pretty Mom, in front of pretty flowers:
We came to the end of the market and out into a roundabout with a large statue in the middle. Why it's George Washington--in Paris!
After a little "Google research", I found that this statue, erected in 1900, was a gift to France from the women of the United States in memory of the friendship shown by France during our fight for independence. (loose translation of the inscription on the base)
As we were looking around this area we realized we were very close to the Eiffel Tower. So we thought we'd just "mosey" over in that direction, find a nice little cafe along the way, have a hot cup of coffee, maybe a creme brûlée; and rest up a bit. Well, so much for great ideas! We were in an area with several Embassies, upscale hotels and residences, but not a single cafe to be found along our route!
We just kept walking, and found ourselves in a very pretty park right across the River Seine from the Tower:
Mom and Dad:
I just love this next picture, Mom and Dad walking hand in hand--just a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower: