Friday, October 16, 2009
Birds but No Bees
I've got an animal lover in the house who's dying for a pet. But to my mind, a Parisian apartment is no place for a dog, I can't stand cats, and how much love do you really get from a fish anyway? Nonetheless, a kid's passion must be fed in one way or another. One strategy is to visit the market Place Louis-Lépine on Ile de la Cité on Sunday mornings. It's mostly birds and cute furry creatures such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. You can also buy food for your feathered friends and all manner of gear -- cages, perches, dog carriers, leashes, chew toys, the works. Lots to see and good people watching too. And my advice to parents: have a plan for something to do afterwards like a visit to the Conciergerie or lunch at a creperie lest you get talked into buying a critter all of your own.