Paris market near Place de la Bastille, lunch with Malaysians, a 2nd trip to Montmartre, Moulin Rouge and Paris at night by ferry

18 09 2009

Breakfast is as usual, rice again with Korean food – the lady just could not understand why we ate so little, she could not understand how we could not eat rice in the morning, ha ha ha

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We had a lunch appointment with a Malaysian family and decided that we could have a quick walk over to Carrefour or to the Geant supermarket in China town (yes, GIANT!!!) BUT most of the supermarkets are CLOSED on Sundays – so please be aware of this. Shopping complexes are closed too but there is now a proposal to have shopping malls in tourist areas to open on Sundays.

Anyway, we decided to go to the Place de la Bastille, (which incidentally, is nothing to shout about – there is only a big roundabout with the freedom column in the centre) but what happened was that we accidentally bumped into a Paris market and that was a bonus.

(FROM WIKIPEDIA – about Place de la Bastille)

The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris, where the Bastille prison stood until the ‘Storming of the Bastille‘ and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution; no vestige of it remains.

The square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, namely the 4th, 11th and 12th. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille.

The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) stands at the center of the square.

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Crabs 🙂

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Mussels and Oysters

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Colorful Fruits

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Gorgeous flowers

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I figured that if I worked in Paris, it wouldn’t be too expensive to cook – food price is reasonable if you don’t convert

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Surprised to find a FULL BODIED BIRD c/w the Head – something not easy to find in USA or even London, I think

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Look at the size of the mushrooms 🙂

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CHEESE ……. 🙂

Paris is the place to look for Cheese. UK has more to offer than Malaysia but Paris has so many more varieties

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Don’t know what this is but Allan thinks its some kind of radish – sure looks interesting though

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Name of the market

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Where to find the market

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A new french word that we learnt not long after arriving is “Sortie” (pronounced “sort – tay”) which means Exit 🙂

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Chestnut tree

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Didn’t know that it was until we found the chestnuts under the tree

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The Malaysian family who took us our for lunch. The little girl, Sabrina was so happy to learn some magic tricks from Allan

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Some of the Metro stations are so deep underground with a few layers that they have to build a lift

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Some of the cutest children I’ve seen 🙂

We went back to Montmatre

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Steps leading to the Chapel at the top of Montmartre,

which means Mountain of the Martyr

This is from Wikipedia

When Napoleon III and his city planner Baron Haussmann planned to make Paris the most beautiful city in Europe, a first step was to grant large sweeps of land near the centre of the city to Haussmann’s friends and financial supporters. This drove the original inhabitants to the edges of the city — to the districts of Clichy, La Villette, and the hill with a view of the city, Montmartre. Since Montmartre was outside the city limits, free of Paris taxes and no doubt also due to the fact that the local nuns made wine, the hill quickly became a popular drinking area. The area developed into a centre of free-wheeling and decadent entertainment at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. In the popular cabaret the Moulin Rouge, and at Le Chat Noir, artists, singers and performers regularly appeared.

The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur was built on Montmartre from 1876 to 1912 by public subscription as a gesture of expiation of the “crimes of the communards”, after the Paris Commune events, and to honour the French victims of the 1871 Franco-Prussian War. Its white dome is a highly visible landmark in the city, and just below it artists still set up their easels each day amidst the tables and colourful umbrellas of Place du Tertre.

2001’s Moulin Rouge! was also set here, the story of a young man who believes in truth, beauty and love, and who falls in love with a famous courtesan. 1954’s Moulin Rouge, solely about the life and lost loves of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, also took place here.

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Can you feel the atmosphere?

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Great busker ………

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With a great body, hee hee hee (will upload his video later)

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(From Wikipedia)

Downhill to the southwest is the red-light district of Pigalle. That area is, today, largely known for a wide variety of sex shops and prostitutes. It also contains a great number of stores specializing in instruments for rock music. There are also several concert halls, also used for rock music.

From me :

This is where we saw a crime scene and since we were tourists with plenty of time to “sibuk”, we hung around to watch

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There must have been a brawl and a body was taken out

Being a responsible blogger, I have edited the photo to block out the parts you should not view 🙂

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Moulin Rouge 🙂

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There is a strong gush of air blowing from underneath

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Paris by night on a ferry

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Our final night in Paris – tomorrow, back to UK, this time to Brighton 🙂




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