In Paris my favorite "carry-out" is not a single café or bistrot, but the whole row of shops at Place Maubert. One can start at the wine shop with the friendly King Charles Spaniel; move next door to the fromagerie, to the market on the corner for some fruit, the Charcuterie for saucisson sec, and finally Eric Kayser for une baguette Monge and a pastry for dessert.
You always stop last at Eric Kayser so you can stand in the fast-moving line for baguettes, still warm from the oven. While you are there grab a little something to have with your café in the morning.
Eat one of the warm baguettes as you stand on the street outside.
Now I am hungry!
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In a narrow street of Provins (a short train ride from Gare de L'Est) we found this cyclist, moving so slowly that it was a marvel he kept his bicycle upright. It was mid-morning and perhaps he had delivered the contents of those empty boxes to a market, mushrooms or berries? He was chatting with a gentlemen who was walking in the same direction, someone he knew. With a population of about 12,000, the locals all know each other.
Although it rained when we were there,
it did not dampen our enjoyment of this Medieval town.