Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mayday Wanderings.

Yesterday, I did a Mayday wander through the St. Germain des Prés area.  There were lots of people sitting out at Les Deux Magots and Café Flore but I passed these two restaurants by to find some less crowded and less expensive eatery. In my peregrinations, I happened upon Le Petit St. Benoit.




This was delicious. I am going to make it for Maman when I get home.

I love to find simple restaurants and Le Petit St. Benoit is one of them. They write the order on your paper table cloth. I had a cassolette de poisson, made of white fish, a creamy sauce flavoured with a little curry, carrots and zucchini. The cassolette was delicious with a little bread, the house red wine and a small café. The bill was under 20 euros for a healthy and tasty lunch. The restaurant does not accept credit cards or reservations.  The clientele seemed to be regulars. David Lebovitz visited Le Petit Saint Benoit  and gave the restaurant an interesting review.
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I wandered through the streets of tightly closed shops, past Le Musée Delacroix, past art dealers, and windows offering up the correspondence of some of my favourite writers and artists. On la rue Buci, there was a lot of activity. People buying flowers, people eating, a musician dressed as a giraffe. Even on La Fête des Ouvriers, a few touristiques areas are open. For the most part, in France, workers do not work on holidays or Sunday or Monday in many areas. Most people still have 2 days together as a week-end. People wish each other "bon week-end". Time in the country with the family is precious.

rue Buci
I saw a beautiful elderly French lady buying flowers. She had sensible leather walking shoes, a moss-coloured woollen  coat, tan beret, gloves and bag. I would have loved to have taken her picture but I feel odd photographing people without their permission. I shall keep her style in my mind. Only two days left. I shall miss my Paris life.

J'adore les pivoines.

4 comments:

  1. As your time in Paris once again comes to a close, you know you've really made the most of it. And, of course, you will be back. Thanks so much for sharing your time there with us!

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    1. I do love it here and as you spend more time here, there is so much more to do and to learn.

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  2. I've always wanted to eat there but thought it was fancy..?
    You've inspired me. Love what you ordered too.

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    1. It's really not fancy and really French neighbourhood yet so close to St. Germain. Go ahead, you will enjoy it.

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