We began the journey on second day by visiting the Marché d’Aligre at Place d’Aligre. According to my travel guide, this is the cheapest and liveliest market in the city, reminiscent of a Moroccan bazaar. We found French, Arab and African traders selling fruits, vegetables, flowers and clothing on the streets, while the nearby market offering meats, cheeses and many international delicacies. This is supposedly a less affluent area of town with few tourists and many Parisians.
We spent like grand total of 3 Euros on a handful strawberries before leaving the market. And we could barely finish those strawberries by the end of our stay in Paris.
May 1st marks the Labor Day in France. The French celebrate spring by offering small sprigs of muguet (Lilies of the Valley) as a good luck charm to those who are close.
Built by Henri IV, Place des Vosges at The Marais – with grand symmetrical houses around an open central space – 36 houses, nine on each side, remains intact even after 400 years. Victor Hugo lived here for 16 years.
We thought we could visit the nearby Musée Picasso, only to be disappointed to discover later that it was under maintenance from “August 2009 up to 2012”!
Verdict: Must try! It’s as good as the queue has indicated.
Main course was steak with fries and dessert was chocolate mousse. To be fair, we ordered the cheapest set meal (still it costed 13.50 Euros per pax).
Main course was 1/4 roast chicken and dessert was a slice of Neapolitan ice-cream.