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Shop, lunch, sing and dance on rue Mouffetard, Sunday afternoons

mangeur May 11, 2012 01:51 PM

Shop the end of the market, find lunch on the street (perhaps a savory tarte from Maison des Tartes), then wander back down to the foot of the street for singing and dancing to traditional songs.

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    RCF RE: mangeur May 11, 2012 04:54 PM

    Mangeur - I'm getting to Paris mid-afternoon on Sunday. What time does the dancing end? Thanks.

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    1. re: RCF
      mangeur RE: RCF May 11, 2012 06:00 PM

      Pti? Parigi? I really don't know. I've been around through 2:30 or so and it was still going strong.

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      saticoy RE: mangeur May 11, 2012 06:15 PM

      ...."find lunch on the street (perhaps ...."

      or....perhaps try out the oeuf mayonaise at Le Jardin d'Artémis...? Sounds like a plan to me.

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      1. re: saticoy
        Parigi RE: saticoy May 12, 2012 12:25 AM

        Dans Les Landes is an easy walk from there.

        I think the ball is a Sunday noon thing. I have always seen it between noon and 1pm.

      2. Parnassien RE: mangeur May 12, 2012 01:56 AM

        Grab a table on the terrace of La Bourgogne at 10am for a petit déjeuner on Sunday morning, slowly nibble and sip, and you will have a ringside seat for the "musette" starting at 11. Unfortunately, it's all tango and foxtrot etc. The traditional Paris style of dancing (each partner takes a firm two-hand grasp of the other's buttocks) is rarely seen anymore. And for a zen moment after all the frolicking, drop into the Saint Médard church for maybe a free(ish) choral or organ recital. Paris is a great place for contradictions and incongruity.

        "la Mouffe" is indeed a fun quartier and, even better, 3 of my favourite restaurants --- Dans les Landes, Lilane and l'Agrume-- are in the vicinity. But, foodwise, the area's mix of the good and the dire can make for some very unpleasant surprises. And in the peak summer season, the hordes of tourists can sometimes seem like there is a frequent shuttle service straight from the place du Tertre to the rue Mouffetard (with stop-offs at the rue des Rosiers for falafel). But every year la Mouffe survives the onslaught and, by la rentrée, has recovered her real and quite delightfully Parisien character.

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          RCF RE: Parnassien May 12, 2012 09:35 AM

          Thanks all. If I miss it my first Sunday, I'll try again the second Sunday I'm there.

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