A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: émerveiller
Cela les émerveillait qu’il puisse faire disparaître tellement de biscuits.
E is for Passage Saint-Emilion
Rue : Passage/Cours Saint-Emilion
Arrondissement : 12e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
In the 12th arrondissement, in our search for an “E” street, we found a really cool and hip area. Passage Saint-Emilion is a sort of outdoor mall, filled with stores and bars and restaurants. We bought some gifts here and just generally had a great time looking at all the stores and watching all the people. The crowd here seemed very young and trendy, and there were microbreweries and places with live music, and just generally a lot of people. There was an interesting looking museum nearby, too, but we were there too late for that. Instead, we bought some caramels and cookies from a great little biscuiterie in the Cours Saint-Emilion, and we ate dinner at a huge restaurant whose claim to fame was that they had a wine cave. Each table had a “key” card and if you wished you could take this to the wine cave, tell the sommelier what you had ordered for dinner, and she would escort you into the cave and give you a recommendation based on your dinner and your personal tastes. She would then bring the wine to the table and serve it! It was very modern inside and it was fun to watch the people both inside the restaurant and outside the big windows!
What’s in a name?
The street is named for the old warehouses of the area where wines used to be stored on their way to the capital. Saint-Emilion, in the Gironde region, is known for its fine wines. Saint Emilion (d. 767) himself was a Breton baker who moved to a hermitage in the Aquitaine region and performed miraculous healings there.
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