Paris: Sunday Shutdown

February 1st, 2009
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I know I have been in Paris on a Sunday before, but somehow I didn’t remember dealing with the fact that on Sunday all the shops and many of the restaurants are either closed all day or close up early in the afternoon.
I knew places might be closed and so did a walk through of Montergueil when I first left the apartment. I saw that everything seemed to be open, so instead of shopping for the groceries I needed, I wandered around more and took photos. Then I noticed the line below in front of a boulangerie waiting for bread. A few minutes later, I noticed vendors cleaning up. Finally I started piecing together that the reason all those crates and boxes I had been shooting were out on the sidewalk was that the sellers were wrapping up early that day. I scrambled to pick up what I needed and was mostly successful. Within half an hour nearly all the markets were closed.
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