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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Paris Part Two

One of the best things about Paris are the little boulangeries (bakeries) and patisseries (cake shops) everywhere. I could press my nose up against the window and salivate over the pastries, cakes, breads and little tarts all day! The closest I get to going to a bakery now is the odd visit to Borough Market... sadly for ease we pretty much buy fresh bread from our local mini supermarket, and it just isn't the same as the ritual of popping to the local bakery. 

Unfortunately the queue to get into Notre-Dame was humongous,  but we did get an eyeful of the French Gothic cathedral before shuffling off in the feather-light snow to find a coffee shop. 

On our last afternoon in the city, we paid a visit to Place des Vosges in the Marais district. Apparently the author Victor Hugo lived in the area (after a bit of research I discovered he wrote  Les Misérables, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). 

There's a lot of graffiti around Paris. Some of it isn't very attractive but there are the odd few which caught my eye. 

Next time we might go somewhere a little bit warmer for a long weekend, but we even found some palm trees to enjoy :) 

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