Our plan for the day was to visit some of Paris' wonderful indoor food markets. We needed a few groceries anyway, and it's always fun to look at all the wonderful cheese, sausage and produce. Our first stop was Marche de Aligre. There is a big street market on certain days of the week as well as a large enclosed food market that's open every day. Did I mention there's also a flea market on the days that the street market is operating? That just might have been an influencing factor for me….
We got on the Metro, made a few line changes and popped up in the 12th district of Paris. We consulted the map I'd printed out, and headed off in the proper direction. Eventually we found it, after a few twists and turns!
We by-passed the outdoor market--it was raining to hard! We went right into the covered area, it was nicely decorated for Christmas:
Our next stop was the Marche des Enfants Rouges--market of the red children. Many, many years ago there was an orphanage in this area, and all the children wore red jackets--so the name!
It's in the 3rd district of Paris, very near the center. As we popped up from the Metro, we saw this beautiful statue in the middle of the intersection: