Paris Trip 2010 Day Two – Marché d’Aligre, Place des Vosges, River Seine and Notre Dame Cathedral

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.

Excellent.

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Like everywhere else, everyone was looking for a bargain in flea market.

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Love the red-white thing going on between the lady and her radish. Like Singapore Flag!

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Speaking of flag, here's Italy's, made in France.

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Shhhh...

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Lighter, please?

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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.

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That's the Lilies of the Valley the little boy is holding. Apparently, he is more interested in his lollipop.

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More well wishing with Lilies of the Valley.

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Limited space, endless stream of pedestrians, timeless joys.

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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.

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Spotted this nice vintage car. Maybe older than me.

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Beware of dog!

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”!

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We spotted a long queue outside this place called Chez Marianne at Rue des Rosier, and joined the queue. There wasn't a need (or enough time) to consult the travel guide. Took us about 15 minutes before we got ourselves a falafel sandwich for 5 Euros. Mainly eggplants cooked with tomatoes, eggplant dip, a salad and pickles.

Verdict: Must try! It’s as good as the queue has indicated.

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Monsier Dumbledore and Monsieur Potter showing The Way. Along River Seine. Still walking, we were heading towards Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Gotta love the antics of these tourists in front of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Rollerskating at Pont au Double.

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River Seine from above.

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Getting up close, indirectly, unobtrusively.

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Tummies were grumbling. Waiting for dinner.

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The pathetic tomato salad as entrée from Brasserie Les Deux Palais.

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).

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Also Brasserie Les Deux Palais. Jovie's entrée - the onion soup with cheese.

Main course was 1/4 roast chicken and dessert was a slice of Neapolitan ice-cream.

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