Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stroll the Real Paris

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stroll the Real Paris

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THERE'S a little Paris street in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower that I love. Not much longer than a football field, Rue Cler, in the 7th district, is not on any tourist itinerary - you simply stumble on it.

Fashionable, this sort of residential neighbourhood is where the modestly well-off-to-rich French live. It has also long been known as a market street - one of only several in the city, but famous for its food.

The oldest building dates to the 1800s when the street was part of a collection of villages that made up Paris. You can stroll the traffic-free street, taking in the aromas of its food and flower stores.

It's easy to pick suited local business people, unwinding over a coffee or a beer in the street's numerous cafes, brasseries and restaurants; or scurrying around the cobblestone street, pushing their food carts and picking up ingredients for dinner at home. And on long summer evenings the local yuppies gather to drink beer and smoke cigarettes, and talk.

It's a great place to people-watch. And walk your dog. Or take a meal on the pavement, choosing from the blackboard specials.

Anyone wanting to learn about the fine art of living Parisian-style can find no better teacher than Rue Cler.

The stores are among the best in Paris and locals come from all over to shop. The produce spills out on to the street on trestles and boxes.

Shopping for food is a way of life for Parisians, who like their produce fresh. It's also a chance for a neighbourly chat. The street is lined with shops providing essentials for a meal: meat, fish, cheese, bread, wine.

For the tourist, Rue Cler provides the ingredients for the ultimate picnic to take to any one of the many nearby parks - including the Jardins des Tulieries. Among the shops is La Fromagerie which specialises in cheeses from every part of Europe - especially France, Spain and Italy. …

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