my husband and i are renting an apartment in paris for two weeks this coming july/august. in my world, one of the major bonuses of this apartment is the fact that it has a kitchen (tiny, but everything's there) and a dining area (not tiny). i had this very romantic notion in my head about making use of paris's markets, and coming home with armloads of fresh produce and freshly baked bread at the end of every day and whipping up something yummy and cheap and utterly french for dinner every night (i said it was a romantic notion!) but how realistic is this notion? for those of you who have attempted this, does it work? i LOVE to cook--my husband got me both volumes of The Art of French Cooking for my birthday two days after we booked this trip (my 30th--part of why the trip is happening in the first place)--so it is not like i'm not enthusiastic about cooking whilst on vacation. food is half of the reason we're going to paris! but how realistic is the whole gathering food from markets at the end of the day idea? is that even possible? will i not have the energy and/or not be able to find anything like i'm picturing (afore mentioned markets) and find myself starving at the end of the day in a city full of expensive restaurants, without reservations? any tips at all on how to make my cooking dream a reality are much appreciated!
details: we'll be in paris from july 19th through august 2nd. we are staying in between the 3rd and 4th, right around the corner from the pompidou center--metro: rambuteau.