|Place de Vosges|
And now we start the posts about our trip to Paris! I was there for 5 days last week, staying with my good friend Clarice who now lives there. Those of you who know me well will know that I used to really dislike Paris, after a pretty terrible trip back in 2004. (You'll notice that my 2006 trip to Europe did not include Paris). But now that a friend of mine has moved there, I had to take the opportunity of us being in Germany to go and visit! How tight would it be to travel halfway around the world and not make an effort to meet up with your friends!?
I'm happy to say that Sandra and I had a brilliant time and totally loved it! Yay! Rather than trying to cram in all the famous sites, (strenuous and exhausting - no thanks), we mainly just hung out, caught up, and enjoyed the city. We ate and cooked and walked and shopped and ate some more! We had no firm plans apart from visiting some famous pâtisseries, and seeing the Notre Dame and the Catacombs. My main desires were to avoid crowded touristy, pickpockety-hell holes, and to eat some good food!
|Jardin de Plantes|
Visiting in August was actually quite a good move for a couple of reluctant visitors to Paris: quite a few shops and restaurants were shut for the annual vacances, which meant it was generally less crowded than normal, and it also fueled my desire to return one day to visit the places that were closed. I've (obviously) got quite a few blog posts planned, and for now would like to share with you some impressions from the trip!
This is the gorgeous interior of Galeries Lafayette. I loved shopping here, especially the breathtaking food hall!
Spices and teas in Lafayette Gourmet...
Breakfast from the famous Le Boulanger de Monge, enjoyed at home with an espresso! We bought a baguette, a cinnamon escargot and a pain au chocolat. Delicious.
Hehe, I love the way Chinese food is translated into French to make it more accessible to the locals! Ravioli Pékinois, anybody? (That's a plain ol' dumpling). How abut a brochette de poulet (chicken satay)? This pic was taken at a random shop on the Rue Mouffetard.
Gorgeous figs and berries! I generally found fresh fruits and veggies to be more expensive than here in Germany, but they were equally lovely. I ate more than my fair share of figs on the trip!
These bizarre sexy anthropomorphic Orangina ads were everywhere as well! Below we have a sexy giraffe...
... and a busty zebra, sporting a rather fetching pink mankini! I didn't quite get the point of these ads, but hey, Orangina is super-popular, so I guess they're working!
And with that image, I shall end this post! Looking forward to sharing more Parisian foodie adventures!