The tourist sites are somewhat quarantined from the Parisians; there are no local shops in vicinity (in fact I had not even seen a supermarket, fromagerie or butcher since I arrived) and the eating choices are highly geared for the tourists.
Today I decided that I was going to take a step away from mainstream tourist Paris - to the market. Now to be fair, I didn't venture that far as tourists often visit here, but it was a welcome change of pace and scenery.
The view down Rue Mouffetard
I started my day at Rue Mouffetard, a cobblestone street lined with providores of fresh produce. Inspired by a logo on a shopping bag my cousin had last night “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food”, I decided to purchase a sampling of goods from the shops and create my own picnic to eat in Paris.
A tiny selection of the goods on offer
I visited the fromagerie and bought three small cheeses (two goats and one sheep), the charcutier for some jamon, the bakery for a ciabatta, the seafood shop for gambas alla ajillo (prawns with garlic and roasted tomato) and the fresh market for raspberries.
The interior of AndrOuet Fromagerie
The weather was windy and threatening to rain so I abandoned my initial plan of picnicking by the Seine and instead took up residence in a local park in the heart of Paris.
The view from my picnic location
A sampling of my lunch items