One of our favorite places to grocery shop is the covered market, Marché des Batignolles. Ithas got to be one of the friendliest neighborhood hubs in the 17th; it feels like you have been transported to a small provincial town what with the way people slow their pace and chat with each other, and me. The vendors share recipes and gush over good-tasting products. A trip here is inspiritaion to eat well, and cook often. Even Chéri is inspired (he goes there more often than I do!). Ever since we moved to this part of town he has suddenly become master chef chez nous. I am NOT objecting! Continue reading
The Parc des Batignolles, in the 17th is a haven from the hustle and bustle that one often finds in that arrondissement. The other large garden in the 17th, Parc Monceau, can often be over crowded and the element of relaxation that one usually attaches to the city parcs just seems to vanish (like in the Jardin Luxembourg for example where you have to fight for a chair).
The Parc des Batignolles is also a haven to many different types of our feathered friends, and there are signs posted that explain what the different species are. They also ask you not to feed them.
The park is situated behind the little church Sainte-Marie des Batignolles which sits next to a lovely tree-lined pedestrian square : Place du Dr Félix Lobligeois. This is the perfect place to find yourself on a crisp and sunny Fall afternoon, or on a lazy summer day. Benches are a-plenty and the abundant foliage provides a wonderful change of scenery from the pavement and stone architecture, which although they are lovely, sometimes, when you dwell in a big city, you just need to see a little nature around you.