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A culinary tour of Paris and Provence

A basket of goat cheeses sits on the

A basket of goat cheeses sits on the counter inside the cheese store La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel. The shop sells cheese from all over France, and is one of the many food stores on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris, France, where Paule Caillat's food tours, called Promenades Gourmandes, begins. (June 2011) Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

When it comes to visiting France, most of us are in it for the food.

A basket of goat cheeses sits on the
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

A basket of goat cheeses sits on the counter inside the cheese store La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel. The shop sells cheese from all over France, and is one of the many food stores on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris, France, where Paule Caillat's food tours, called Promenades Gourmandes, begins. (June 2011)

One of the fromageres inside La Fermette at
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

One of the fromageres inside La Fermette at Chloe et Gabriel holds a round of cheese that he has just cut. The shop sells cheese from all over France, and is one of the many food stores on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris, France, where Paule Caillat's food tours, called Promenades Gourmandes, begins. (June 2011)

La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel, sells cheese
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel, sells cheese from all over France. The store is one of the many food stores on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris, where Paule Caillat's Promenades Gourmandes food tours begin. (June 2011)

Rounds of cheese are for sale at Fauchon
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Rounds of cheese are for sale at Fauchon in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris, France. In the foreground are rounds of Mistralou du Luberon, goat cheeses from Provence wrapped in chestnut leaves to give the cheese an earthy flavor. (June 2011)

Jacques Genin, the chocolatier at his establishment, also
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Jacques Genin, the chocolatier at his establishment, also called Jacques Genin, puts together a box of chocolates. The store is in the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel, sells cheese
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

La Fermette, at Chloe et Gabriel, sells cheese from all over France. The store is one of the many food stores on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris, where Paule Caillat's Promenades Gourmandes food tours begin. Caillat, left, inquires about goat cheese. (June 2011)

A patron talks with chocolatier Jacques Genin in
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A patron talks with chocolatier Jacques Genin in the cafe part of his store, Jacques Genin, a chocolaterie in the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Patrons muse over the offerings at Jacques Genin,
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Patrons muse over the offerings at Jacques Genin, a chocolaterie in the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Cherries, white asparagus and chanterelles mushrooms are for
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Cherries, white asparagus and chanterelles mushrooms are for sale at one of the many markets on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Chocolates are for sale at the store of
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Chocolates are for sale at the store of Jacques Genin, a chocolaterie in the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

The morning portion of the tour Promenades Gormandes
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The morning portion of the tour Promenades Gormandes begins with Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, in the 2nd Arrondissement which is lined with food shops of all kinds. Here, an interior of Boucherie Davin. (June 2011)

Chocolate eclairs and rasberry tarts are for sale
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Chocolate eclairs and rasberry tarts are for sale at Jacques Genin, a chocolaterie in the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Cauliflower, carrots, white asparagus and other vegetables are
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Cauliflower, carrots, white asparagus and other vegetables are for sale at a market at the Marche Wilson, open only on Saturday mornings in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris, dates to
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Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris, dates to 1790. It's on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement. (June 2011)

Shoppers peruse the fresh offerings at the Marche
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Shoppers peruse the fresh offerings at the Marche Wilson, open only on Saturday mornings in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Patrons dine at one of the restaurants inside
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Patrons dine at one of the restaurants inside the Shangri-La Hotel, which recently opened in the 16th Arrondissement. The hotel is a Palace Hotel, inside an 1896 palace that was owned by Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon's grand nephew. (June 2011)

Salmon, snapper and other kinds of fish are
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

Salmon, snapper and other kinds of fish are for sale at a market on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Baguettes and other kinds of bread are for
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Baguettes and other kinds of bread are for sale at a market at the Marche Wilson, open only on Saturday mornings in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Chanterelles and other mushrooms are for sale at
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

Chanterelles and other mushrooms are for sale at a market at the Marche Wilson, open only on Saturday mornings in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

Shrimp and fish are for sale at a
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

Shrimp and fish are for sale at a market on Rue de Montorgueil in the Marais, the 3rd Arrondissement in Paris. (June 2011)

After her class cooks dishes from Provence, France,
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After her class cooks dishes from Provence, France, Paule Caillat sits down with students to eat the meal they have prepared. Caillat holds cooking classes in her apartment in the 3rd Arrondissement in the Marais, in Paris.

Paule Caillat, left, assists a student in making
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Paule Caillat, left, assists a student in making a pastry of goat cheese-basil mousse, croustillants chevre legumes du soleil, at one of the cooking classes in her apartment in the 3rd Arrondissement in the Marais, in Paris. (June 2011)

Many hands at a cooking class run by
Photo Credit: Marie Elena Martinez

Many hands at a cooking class run by Paule Caillat work together to make a tian d'agneau, a Provencal casserole of alternate layers of cubed lamb and slices of eggplant and tomatoes. Paule Caillat holds the cooking classes in her apartment in the 3rd Arrondissement in the Marais of Paris. (June 2011)

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