But that didn't stop Parisians turning out early for the weekend of Jours des Patrimoines.
I went to nearby Hotel de Ville thanks to Jeannie's suggestion. She went last year and said it was terrific.
Very grand and you could visit all three floors.
You could also lounge and relax in the very fine tapestry chairs.
The fair just happened to be a turnoff near patisserie Jacques Genin so. Impossible not to go in for a quick browse right? And finally after browsing for a good 4 years i decided it was time to taste his famed tarte au citron. No desserts were on display but what the heck. Two French guys were in front of me, trying to decide what they wanted, which was taking HOURS so I nodded to the vendeuse and asked if they had the tarte citron? She nodded yes they did and ran off to get me one (from I don't know where they are are hidden). When you get a dessert at Genin you also get to pick out a FREE chocolate of your choice! Yahoo.
I had to put my spoon down (never leave the house in Paris without a spoon by the way). Sheer astonishment. Not only was Genin's citron tarte the best I've tasted in Paris, it's up there in the Pantheon of best tastes in Paris. I kid you not.
I even ate the crust - a record. It seemed criminal not to eat the tarte intact as it was meant to be eaten. This is an absolute Must-Do in Paris PBers!
On to the Street Food Temple with a somewhat dampened appetite.
The interior of the Carreau du Temple IS spectacular and reminded me of the Victorian pavillion for salon du chats.
Outside the halle you did not have to get on any lines to buy Real food straight from producteurs of the Ile de France.
At the annual Fall Manger Local held in the same space.
I bought champignon de Paris from the same mushroom lady as last year.
I made a big study of the jam people at Manger Local, since October's Paris Sketch Letter is going to be jam-oriented. Uh oh...
Have you ever tasted confiture abricot-Brugnon? You have not lived PBers. On the label it says the jam will keep until 23/07/2017. What a joke. Are they kidding?