Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Market and the Louvre

The next morning, our first full day in Paris, Marie-Jeanne took us for a tour of the city. First, we went to the local open market (see top photo), where we saw stores full of beautiful vegetables, cheeses and meats.

The second photo is of Marie-Jeanne's favorite cheese store. We went back before we left and got a selection of French cheeses to bring back for our neighbors, who kindly took care of our animals.

We had coffee sitting out in the sun at a cafe in the market, and then headed toward the heart of Paris.

The first stop was the Louvre, which was formerly a castle and then an enormous palace. In the inner courtyard of the palace, you can see the famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) pyramid-shaped entrance to the museum (underneath the pyramid). We didn't go in to the museum--as it would take days to really see everything--and proceeded on to the palace gardens, Jardin des Tuileries.

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