Monday, June 7, 2010

Market, Lille, and the Arras Citadel

The past two weeks since my last blog entry have gone by very fast. When we got back from Paris Andre had to work seven days in a row because of how his scheduling works. Now for the month of June he has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off instead of Saturdays and Sundays. That means that for the month of June we are guaranteed to be in Arras on Saturday allowing me to go to the market every week! The market in Arras is phenomenal. Tons of fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, wine, flowers, clothes, furniture, and much more odds and ends (including live ducks and chickens). The first Saturday I headed out on my own later on in the morning, and walked around till everyone closed up. This past Saturday Andre and I went early in the morning, before he started work, and had an expresso and patisserie while all the vendors set up.

For Andre’s days off the first was spent in Arras, just taking care of things around town and sleeping in! The next day we went to Lille. It’s the largest city in Northern France (Nord Pas de Calais region) We walked around the city, checked out the shops and discovered a zoo in the citadel! It is interesting to reflect on it now, because Arras also has a citadel and the city is unsure of what to do with it. The citadel in Arras is a UNESCO world heritage site, perhaps it will unfold similar to Lansdowne Park….
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Its funny, I can’t get away from heritage conservation, its in my bones!

(Arras Citadel)

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