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- Posted:Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Remember when you were a child and you were walking through the town streets with your mother, being dragged unwillingly into all the stores except the one that you wanted to go in most? I am, of course, talking about the Ye Olde Sweete Shoppe - that Mecca for kids that we were prohibited from entering lest all our teeth fell out and never grew back again. (Just one of the delightful tales my mum spun me when I was knee high to a pig's eye.)
Now you can well and truly satisfy your childhood yearnings and do it in the utmost of style. Take a trip down to 35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9th quarter and there you'll find, in all it's twinkling splendour, A La Mere de Famille, Paris's oldest sweet shop. According to France Today, it's been there since 1761 and through its doors you'll find massive glass jars full to the brim with marshmallows, hard candy and traditional French fare, such as sugar-coated chestnuts. Yum, yum, yum!
And once you're done there, you might like to exorcise some more childhood demons by heading to see one of the musicals from your youth. The Times recently reported that Paris is planning to take on London's West End as the place to go for musical theatre and has already put on performances of Grease and West Side Story. For the first time, however, The Sound of Music is going to be put on in the country so you won't want to miss that.
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