First stop in Paris: a super cute sidewalk café called “Café des Phares,” complete with a boost of caffeine and some delicious French pastry.
The café is on the corner of Rue Saint-Antoine, the main street at the bottom of Le Marais, our neighborhood (or “quartier”) during this trip. It is opposite the Opéra Bastille, and on the side of the roundabout where the monument to the fallen former prison stands.
Interesting aside: while the storming of the Bastille was a moment during the French Revolution that garnered a great deal of attention for its symbolism, there were only a handful of prisoners residing within its walls at the time.
We’re showered, dressed, and ready to go exploring. Next stop: the Monoprix, our closest grocery store, to stock up on essentials. Later, we’re hoping to visit a wonderful and historic feminist and LGBTQ-friendly bookstore, and then take a leisurely walk through the 11th arrondissement to La Cimitière Père Lachaise. We’ll let you know if we bump into the ghosts of Édith Piaf or Oscar Wilde!