Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rue Bayen on a Sunday Morning

It’s been rainy and chilly in Paris this weekend, but there is some recompense. When the weather is like this, smells linger longer in the air and with more intensity. On a stroll down Rue Bayen, which is part of the Rue Poncelet market in the 17th Arrondissement, there was no escaping the scent of roasting chicken and ripe melons. But, then, who would want to escape?

I asked the fruit seller why so many bees on the melons. “The sugar!” he said. “They know what’s sweet.” In the United States, he might have tried to wave the bees away. In Paris, they’re doing his advertising.

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