Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday Afternoon in Paris

I spent a pleasant day wandering the street of the Marais,  Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint Louis.
Entertainment came in several forms.
Paris waiters race.

Orangina, celebrating it's 75 year anniversary sponsored the race.  200 waiters ran about 3 km while keeping intact their tray holding a bottle of Orangina, a glass filled with lemonade and the “limonadier”, the traditional bottle-opener. 

Just in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral was the Fete du Pain extolling the importance of bread to the French culture.  The judges looked very impressive wearing medals and toques.  More impressive was the display of beautiful brioche, croissants and artisanal breads. 

On the Pont St. Louis, a street entertainer delighted a gathered crowd.

A pleasant respite, La Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square and perfectly symmetric.  

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