on June 8, 2002
We found the rue Mouffetard a lot less spoiled than we had feared and than some books had led us to expect. No doubt it was once a Left Bank haven, a bit of a find, where not many other than locals went. Judged by that sort of standard, it falls well short, but how could any such place still exist, given the publicity the West Bank has received and the number of people, like us, taking Paris citybreaks? The shops in the road have obviously degenerated more than the market, but the road still makes you feel you have seen a bit of Paris. It can easily be incorporated into a Left Bank walk or combined with a visit to the Jardin des Plantes.
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