Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cheating on Amsterdam: the City of Lights beckons

Don’t take it personally Amsterdam, but I must make a quick excursion to the City of Lights.  No worries, I’ll be back in a few days.  Paris was too tempting not to visit on this trip.  Travel to Paris from Amsterdam is quite convenient as it’s only a comfortable 3 hour train ride south through Belgium.  Our arrival to Paris’ Gare Du Nord station is announced by the sound of the train’s brakes.  The hustle and bustle of Paris comes into rapid focus through our cabin window.

Once checked in to our hotel in the Latin Quarter, we make a beeline to one of our favorite streets, Rue Mouffetard.  Nestled behind and east of the Pantheon, Rue Mouffetard is known for its all week-long farmer’s market and specialty food and wine shops.    Mouffetard’s small merchants and market are a foodie’s dream come true!  An eclectic wine shop here, an old madame’s cheese shop there; a cozy shop specializing only in foie gras around that corner.  The smells, the sights;  when it comes to food and wine, they’re  all on Rue Mouffetard.  It’s a shame we don’t have access to a kitchen as the desire to whip up a pot of coq au vin comes and then quickly fades.

Bonjour Paris!

1 comment:

  1. Mike and Si,
    Sounds like your having fun! Bruce and I both read your post and it sounds great. My hotel was in the Latin Quarter Les Degres de Notre Dame. It's in sight of Notre Dame, on a small side street. Keep posting boys!