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About the rue Cler

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Some people think I'm excessively hard on the rue Cler, the tiny market street in Paris that Rick Steves so glowingly promotes in his books on the city. Well, here are two little videos: one that shows the awe-inspiring rue Cler, and one that shows a market street frequented by the Parisians themselves, the rue Montorgueil:

Here's the rue Cler (about two minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdwbsMahz-I

And here's the rue Montorgueil (about 11 minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_qTTLvxKM

I don't know about you, but the rue Cler looks positively comatose to me. Even by the standards of other market streets in its category elsewhere in the city, it's unusually quiet. Plus, thanks to Rick, it is overrun by American tourists, which has corrupted the atmosphere of the street somewhat over the past few years.

In contrast, the rue Montorgueil is extremely animated, and most of the people there are Parisian, not tourists. Sure, it's a bit over-trendy and bobo these days, but at least it's interesting to visit, with lots of shops, food, and restaurants and cafés.

I recommend that visitors check out the rue Montorgueil rather than the rue Cler. But maybe these videos can help you judge for yourself whether I'm exaggerating or not.

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