Whew! What a day! We checked out of our hotel early this morning and traveled to Les Halles, an indoor food market that has more than sixty stalls selling everything from whole chickens to classic French pastries. After eating a breakfast of wine and charcuterie (yes, it was eight in the morning and no, I don't have any problem drinking wine that early, thank you very much) we wandered through the stalls. My first stop was a pastry shop where I purchased a selection of macarons for, um, research purposes. I found my favorite flavors were the rose-raspberry, the sour cherry-ginger and the crème brûlée, all of which I would love to recreate in my pastry shop. We also came upon a stall that had a fabulous selection of local French cheeses. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit a fridge in my checked bag, so we were unable to buy any cheese, though I so desperately wanted to be able to take a bite out of Brittany or Provence. I think cheesemakers back home need to start forming blocks of cheddar into the shape of the US. Final score: France 1 - US 0.