Dick and I are heading back to Paris late in April. A good part of the fun of our planning is the reading, studying, and dreaming of all things francaise. David Lebovitz’s video of a visit to one of Paris’s wonderful open markets always inspires. We’ve stayed often at the Hotel Lutetia on Blvd. Raspail in the 6th arrondissement and always looked forward to visiting the open market almost directly across from the hotel. The art deco Lutetia is legendary, but about to be closed for much needed renovations (along with right bank hotels Crillon, Ritz Carlton and Plaza Athenee). We’re also looking forward to visiting and revisiting many of the restaurants reviewed in Alec Lobrano’s 2nd edition of Hungry for Paris (release date 15 April).
People from all over Paris come to Le Marche Raspail between rue du Cherche Midi and rue de Rennes on Sunday mornings to buy organic produce and hormone/antibiotic-free meat and poultry, cheeses and dairy. The fishmongers have an amazing array on display. It’s no wonder Julia Child contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implore its help in the classification of French and Mediterranean poisson and fruits de mer.