Montmartre Food Tour, St Germain des Prés (Paris, 2015)

a streetWe started our day walking through St. Germain des Pres. It was raining, of course. The slick streets added a mystery, a glamour. (An effect much overused in film. Notice sometime how many streets are rain wet.)

I wanted to see the church. It’s in the Latin Quarter which used to vaguely produce images of flamenco dancers in my mind. But the name, unlike what I thought, is because the University of Paris is nearby and students who came from all over the world only had Latin, the language, in common. The church was quiet and dark.pillars Saint-Germain-des-Prés

I was very interested in the painting on the pillars. Much like what one sees at Saint Chapelle. They are of an age: Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés was built in 1014.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés

We continued on to Montmartre to meet up with a group “Food Tour.” At the metro station plaza, there was a carousel. It’s a strange thing in Paris – they are everywhere. We saw one when we went to the Cinema Museumcurved street, one at the Eiffel Tower, the Jardin des Plantes, the Tuilleries. Charming, if a little weird.

moulingThe tour was terrific. The guides knew a lot about the area and French food in general. We learned about the yearly contest to name the best baguette (I knew Parisians were serious about their bread but wow!) The winner supplies bread to the French president.

We went past shops with cheese, shops with sausages, shops with fruits (strawberries were in season), and past flashy grafitti, houses where famous writers lived, and of course, the Moulin Rouge (the red mill.)

And we ate. Three courses, three restaurants. First appetizers, then main meal, then crepes. Wine or cider with each course. By the end, I was staggering from the alcohol and food 🙂 I didn’t take any pictures of the food – too busy eating. If you go to Paris, look up Culinary Tours of France and tell Jean Paul hi.demon

Speaking of food. For a vegetarian, French food, while not as meaty as in Spain, isn’t the best.  All those sauces. So, don’t laugh, but we ate several nights at the Chinese restaurant down the street from our apartment. Convenient, nice staff, open on May 1st.

After our tour we took the funicular up to Sacre Coeur. This was the moment sun would have been nice. But still, I like the shots I got: bits of red, the green vegetation against all that grey.

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Comments

  1. Julie Hayhurst says:

    Very nice pictures Terri. The food tour sounded great 🙂

  2. It looks like a wonderful experience. If I ever follow in your footsteps I’ll be glad to remember that I’m an omnivore 🙂

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