Sunday is when they have lots of summer farmer’s markets, one particularly big one that tourists go to is the one at Bastille. As soon as you get out the metro, you can see the Opera Bastille, a huge modern opera house, tickets are wayy expensive. So Katy, Julien, me and Laura went to seek out some delicious fruits and veggies for our evening apero, which is like a dinner consisting of small little appetizers, a great way to have a variety of foods and get rid of yummy leftovers. First of all, such nice weather! There was every kind of fresh vegetable you could imagine. Particular favorites of mine that you also do not see often in the states included rhubarb (like what you can make strawberry rhubarb pie with), … They had meats, loads of cheese, bread, fish, merchandise and souvenirs, candy, desserts! The cheese we chose for the evening was tome barbel(?), chevere (goat cheese), and soft cow cheese which I forget the name of at the moment. We got olives, quail eggs and veggies to make soup later for the next day.
Then Laura and I journeyed onto Centre de Pompidou, a humongous modern art museum. Right next to it was a fountain surrounded by sunning visitors, performers and many many children running around and playing. I wanted to join them right away but I instead I did the next best thing which was to sit by the fountain and just soak up the sights and sounds and sun. Laura got the crepe de marron that I had the other day, which was apparently a lot sweeter and more syrupy. The museum had huge pipes that ran on the outside of the building including a huge tube that had an escalator inside went in a diagonal shape from bottom to top.
Inside on the second floor, there was some parent-child dance performance, or rather, I think it was a class where each took turns dancing to each other. It looked to me like a new-age communication method technique for children and parents to have better relationships. Very cool that they provided this at the museum.Then we we went to the Constantin Bancusi exhibit on the building attached to the building, a famous Romanian sculptor from the mid 20th century. He created famous works like the infinite column, Leda and Princess X. The building was a series of studios that he worked in when he lived in Paris. Overall, incredible to see his workspace and his concepts of permanence of his sculptor, not through replication but in keeping them in one condition and combination of materials, plaster/wood/metal/granite. We sunned some more in front of the building appreciating the contemporary architecture and then went our way to Butes Chaumant, taking line 7, a loopy unique metro line to get there.
called Rosa Boneur, an incredibly popular place among young folks. On Sundays, it becomes a gathering for the LGBT community and you should have seen the line! They roped off the section and it went on and on and on. Somehow we got there right before the line started, and I wanted a ginger, orange, carrot juice (which is a common drink to get and really good, Jen I recommend it!) but somehow I ended up getting a hot tea of the same flavor which came in a power packet. Still not so bad.
When we got home, we prepared a nice apero with our goodies from the market earlier. I can’t wait to try it when I get home, a big incentive to shop at the farmer’s market back in Durham.