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January 7, 2002
If you have a weak stomach, you may want to walk swiftly past the boucheries, where various fowl with heads, feet, and/or feathers still in tact and the like may be cause for a bit of squeamishness for some.
Most vendors prefer to serve you, so don't pick up any fruit, vegetables, cheeses, or other items yourself. You can, however, point out your specific selections to the vendor.
You'll serve yourself well here if you take the time to learn a few key French phrases to help you communicate with the merchants. Everyone I encountered was very cordial and polite; they seemed to appreciate that I at least made the attempt to communicate with them in French. For someone such as myself who had never been in a French speaking country before and whose prior command of the French language consisted of picking up a few words from repeated listenings to Daniel Lanois CDs, I had great fun and achieved a completely over-inflated sense of self worth by being able to ask for things and make my purchases in French after learning a few simple phrases.
Hours are generally 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9am-1pm on Sunday. Many of the shops and stalls are closed on Mondays.
Metro: Ecole Militaire (M8)
From journal Offseason Paris
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
March 28, 2001
From journal "Secrets of the Louvre"
Ny, New York
December 18, 2000
Rue Cler is a really charming street where you can find everything. There are specialty cheese shops, wine shops, fruit and vegetable markets, flower markets, butcher shops (Charcuterie), Bakeries (Boulangerie). There are also tons of books shops, cafe trottoirs, and other places like dry cleaners, etc.
If you get sick of going to museums and seeing historical sights, this is a nice place to walk around in. And if you really want to squeeze in a historical sight, the Eiffel Tower is a close 5 minute walk.
From journal Tasty Eats and Fun Night Spots in Paris