Spending an Afternoon on Rue Montorgueil
Bonjour mes amis,
First of all, merci beaucoup for the positive feedback on my blogging. Many of you commented and that was so rewarding. It does take quite a bit of my time but has become a part of my daily Paris experience. If it brings a little joy to your day, how wonderful is that.
Yesterday, the weather was near-perfect and the way Paris summers are supposed to be. It was cool and breezy and just barely tipped 80 degrees for about an hour. We meandered over to a favorite area called rue Montorgueil in the second arrondissment. It’s one of the fabulous pedestrian streets in Paris and some of the best people watching. The food is café food, good but not great, with the exception of one Michelin-starred spot called Frankie’s at the far end. I assume it’s still there. We didn’t check it out. We have always thought that an apartment in this area might be worth investigating.
Our departure on Metro Line 8 from our apartment is effortless as our subway station usually looks like this, empty, with a 6-minute wait.
We had lunch at one of the many cafés on rue Montorgueil , the first of which we left because the head waiter wanted to bicker over which set of chairs we could have. That set a bad tone even with Bernie especially when it was early (12:15) and most of the chairs were empty! He was going to put us over in a corner. So we smiled and said, “No thanks” and kept walking. The cafe we chose was just the opposite. The head waiter was happy to see us, saying to sit wherever we liked. What a difference a first impression can make! We should all take note. The food was excellent and the service prompt and attentive.
In Paris, one must learn to look up, look down, look all around because there are treasures of history and visual images hidden everywhere. Inlaid upon the tiny tile along the street was this plaque marking the arrest and eventual execution of two homosexual men. They were burned alive in July of 1750, and this was the last time two people were killed in France for being gay. Wow!
Just a touch of fall was in the air and couldn’t help but notice these pumpkins at the fruit market!
Bernie took a little nap over his beer and I walked along the busy street of Etienne Marcel looking for bargains. Very pricey and no bargains to be found. But some nice images.
Our evening stroll was back in our area (so miss the river) and a few interesting photos.
It was a very nice, slow easy day…no rush, no bother, no commitments. Tomorrow we will meet the Bilbro’s for lunch but separately. Girls lunch, guys lunch…good weather again!
August 27, 2022 @ 7:24 am
What a nice stroll and pleasant day! The weather makes such a difference.
August 27, 2022 @ 8:22 am
Linda, we love your posts and look forward to experiencing Paris vicariously through you and Bernie, as well as picking up a few recommendations for places and restaurants to visit the next time we are in Paris.
I understand that Rue Montorgueil is Queen Elizabeth’s favourite street in Paris as there is a particular patisserie she loved to visit in her youth.
Love to you both xxx
August 27, 2022 @ 9:17 am
So good to hear from you. I bet it is Stroh’s or something like that. It’s very old and wonderful.
August 27, 2022 @ 11:21 am
Loved your post today. Pictures were lovely and interesting. Having a day to leisurely stroll in areas you enjoy is a bonus day. Good to hear your weather was so nice.
August 27, 2022 @ 12:34 pm
I have stayed in the 2nd and close to Rue Motorgueil a couple of times. I really like the 2nd Arrondissement. It has a mix of places interesting to we tourists and yet many French live in the area too. I recently read that the area around Rue Sentiner has become interesting for the shops and restaurants that have moved in. I know the cooler weather is much appreciated.
August 27, 2022 @ 12:57 pm
I’m sure you will be actively looking for an alternative apt area. Maybe Montorgueil will work! Do you think that waiter wanted to put you in the corner cause you’re American?? The nerve!!!!
August 27, 2022 @ 1:08 pm
You’re daily adventures are the dessert with my morning coffee and I really appreciate them.
I’m strolling mentally with you and enjoying the view.
I can’t wait to receive your book.
Have a nice day.
August 27, 2022 @ 2:17 pm
I so enjoyed your day on Rue Montegueil. We have stayed once in an apartment near there and it was a fun change as we usually stay on the Keft Bank. I know you have probably done Rue Moufftard on a Sunday morning with the singing and dancing. I love it as well. I am sorry you are not nearer the river as I know you miss it, but you seem to be making the best of things. Thanks for taking the time to blog!
August 27, 2022 @ 2:57 pm
Looks like a very nice day indeed!
August 27, 2022 @ 4:13 pm
Hi Linda! I do love reading your blog & appreciate the effort. I had an amazing trip! I loved Austria. I can’t wait to share my pictures & stories!
August 27, 2022 @ 4:54 pm
Can’t wait to hear all about it, Jill! Lunch when we return.
August 27, 2022 @ 4:42 pm
A charming and wonderful post today! Enjoying every single day with you over morning coffee so thx. Ate the best figs of our life from the Bastille last Oct. Are they in the markets yet? And wondering too how many months the Bilbros are spending in Italy now that they own property there? Did they get Italian citizenship? I’m applying for mine now due to ancestry not residency so curious. No need for lots of info here. Can connect with them later. Enjoy your time together!
August 27, 2022 @ 5:08 pm
Carol, glad you are enjoying the posts. The figs are here! Delicious.
Peggy’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure she’d prefer to answer in a less public forum. See you soon.
August 27, 2022 @ 6:19 pm
Another lovely day spent with you, Linda. The photos are as interesting as ever, and I can feel that you are relaxed! Lovely doors, interesting people, and great scenery, too. You have transported me to a lovely day in Paris. Merci beaucoup! Ann