Again today I walked five miles, this time from the east side of Paris to the center. Much of the time I was near the Seine. My destination was the English bookstore located near Place de la Concorde, the “centerpiece” of the city that I mentioned on December 31. I needed another who-done-it.
I like to be up before the sun and out taking photographs in the morning light. That’s not a difficult thing to do here in the winter. Today the sun rose at 8:45 a.m. Here are a few places I saw as I wandered.
My apartment is in a large apartment building. Luckily for me there’s a supermarket on the ground floor. I prefer to stay in rental apartments when I travel in Europe is because I can shop locally and cook my own meals. I find this is much less expensive than dining in restaurants and more comfortable. This afternoon I shopped for the next three days. As you might expect, the quality of food and the scope of offerings are excellent in France. So are the prices! Here are a few examples:
- A liter of milk is €1.19 and the famous French baguette is usually under €1.
- A large, beautiful avocado was €1.30 and bananas were just 35 euro cents each
- The best yogurt ever is €1.39 and a package of fresh ravioli, large enough for four servings, is just €1.87.
I was really pleased to discover the last jar of peanut butter in the store but it was no bargain: €4.20 for a small jar made from “American peanuts.” The French don’t like peanut butter!
Today a euro costs $1.08. For the amount I paid yesterday for a pizza, ice cream and a beer at an inexpensive restaurant (€30) I purchased all the food I need for the next three days at the market.