We began day 4 with a walk through a small square in the Marais district where we are staying. There is something so magical about these small parks. The lights, the trees, the scenery is just beautiful.
We then walked to the Bastille Farmers’ Market. We all know how much I adore Farmers’ Markets at home and this one blew the ones at home out of the park. The fresh meat, seafood, flowers, eggs, and food were such a sight to see. The market is huge and filled with stands of goodies. This was my favorite part of the trip so far.
And how cute are these French doggies?
Tongue’s out and he doesn’t care!
This one looks like he is driving the truck. Look at his arm resting on the window!
We then trekked to the Latin Quarter for a small cheese and wine tour with the best tour guide EVER, Meg (truly, if you want a foodie tour, she is your woman!). Our first stop was Laurent Dubois Fromager, one of our tour guide’s favorite cheese shops. In France, food craftsmen compete for the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (or MOF), a unique award for the best of the best of their trade. Craftsmen must pay 50,000 Euro just to enter the competition and usually do not get the MOF award the first time they enter. Once you receive the MOF award, you can wear a red, blue and white collar and for your lifetime and are known as the best of your trade. For cheesemongers, there are only 15 in the country and the owner of this shop (Laurent Dubois) is one of them.
The cheese was fantastic! We had two bleus, a brie, a mont d’or and camembert served with fresh bread. The cheese is more flavorful and rich here, since in America we can’t have young cheese (anything under 8 weeks old) like fresh brie or fresh camembert because of bacteria the French don’t worry about.
For chocolate, Patrick Roger has the MOF in chocolate. We picked up chocolates from his shop and they were unbelievable. The chocolate is France is mainly dark and rich, so you really only need to eat one or two pieces to get your chocolate fix in.
We ended the day with falafel from L’Aus du Fallafel in the Marais. Huge portions, quick service and one of the best falafels I’ve ever had.
Jacket: Vince (similar)
Cashmere Sweater: Aqua (similar)
Sweater: J. Crew
Pants: Citizens of Humanity
Snood: J. Crew
Bag: Zara (similar)Pin It