We took advantage of a beautiful day to take a Paris Walk in the Marais. An added bonus was that this is one of the few areas in town that has shops open on a Sunday! We hopped on the Metro and got off at the Place de la Bastille. After a quick look around the local market which sold everything in the open air from fruits to fish, we headed past the Opera House and on to Rue St. Antoine.
Our first stop along our journey was Place des Vosges, a 17th century square that was once used for royal pageants and duels! Unfortunately neither the former nor the latter were taking place today making the square quite unremarkable and even a bit on the boring side.
Surrounding the square under an arched walkway (arcades) were many little shops and cafe’s, including a small abode that was once the living space of Victor Hugo.
Next up was the Hotel Sully. It had some great courtyards and many sets of stairs to carry the stroller up and down. These are becoming an almost hourly occurrence, however we are getting quite quick at maneouvering them.
On to Rue des Francs Bourgeois, we saw many great shops and tons of people out walking. We grabbed a quick Croque Monsieur for lunch while AK had her usual ground up multi coloured mush. She has been developing a keen liking for baguette lately, in small pieces of course…
Our walk ended by the Centre Georges Pompidou, an incredible modern art gallery that we will likely visit at a later date. We then crossed the Seine and hopped on the Metro home.