Woke up early on Sunday to walk around the local farmer’s market. We really enjoy morning of Paris. Before the tourist crowd the city, the street/river are quiet and peaceful. Thanks to jetlag, we were able to enjoy a different Paris.

Marché Bastille


Open only Thursday & Sunday. There were all different type of merchants in the Bastille Market. It’s like a farmer’s market. Early morning, you see local men and women came out to do grocery shopping. There were so many fresh and yummy food in the market. Both Hy and I regret the big breakfast we had in the hotel. We wished we came empty stomach. I also wish we brought bigger luggage so I can do some shopping.


The instrument the street performer is playing looks quite unique. I’ve never seen such instrument before

Place de Bastille


This place is extremely peaceful in the early morning.

Seine, Mairie de Paris
We were lucky it was a sunny and warm morning next to the river. I wanted to come by the riverside since landed. The boats here are fully decorated w/ tables and chairs. I imagine it must be fun to have picnic on the boat during summer months. That morning, we walk past the park right next to the river bank. There were kids playing on the play ground w/ their parents. It was a beautiful and peaceful scene.

Château de Versailles

We had to take RER to Versailles. We exited the “Versailles Rive Gauche” station and just follow the crowd for a short walk to the Château. We arrived past noon, had to wait inline for a long time to get ticket. According to my friend who specialized in trip planning, she told me you could of get the ticket to Versailles online one month before the trip. They will be able to mail it to your US address. Then you don’t have to wait inline.

Leon de Bruxelles
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After a full day out to Château de Versailles, we settled to have dinner at a restaurant right next to our hotel. What a surprise found. Leon de Bruxelles specialized in mussels! The pricing is quite decent as well. We ordered croquette appetizer, one cheese, one fish. Hy ordered a pot of mussels as entry. I had chicken w/ rice. We had cold beer. The night end w/ cream brulee as dessert. Hy and I really enjoy this unplanned discovery. There were also English menu in this restaurant.