First time visitors come to Paris in search of escargot, coq au vin, bœuf bourguignon, and confit de canard. They come in search of the classic dishes they have read so much about and to sit in old-world cafes on the left bank. This type of food is classic for a reason – it’s delicious when prepared right!
Yet there is so much more to the Paris food scene. Paris is a vibrant city with international and contemporary restaurants. I have decided to do a series of posts showcasing some of my favorite restaurants right now. The first post is about eating ethnic in Paris. So when you are done with the classics, have had your fill of the traditional Paris scene, check out one of these places for something new and exciting!
The past week has been sunny and warm in Paris. It feels like Spring and everyone is outside all the time soaking up the long lost sun. There are buds on the trees and a bit of greenery is beginning to appear. Picnics, walks and terraces occupy all my spare time. I know it is fleeting, I know the rain and the cold will return soon. All the more reason to enjoy it while it is here. Here is a glimpse into beautiful, springtime Paris. Enjoy.
It’s definitely not summer anymore. Fall is coming to an end and winter will be here soon. Yet I am so happy to be in Paris. There are so many exciting things going on in Paris right now that I just don’t have enough time to see them all. Here is a small snapshot of what I’ve been up to. J’adore Paris!
My mom and I wanted to go to one special restaurant before she left to go home to Chicago. After a bit of deliberation and researching, we chose Verjus. We made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance and managed to score a table for two at 7.30pm. It turned out to be one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Not just in Paris. Ever.
Even though I’ve lived in Paris for eight months and traveled here numerous times before that, I have never made it to Montmartre before last week. I’m in love. Sure it’s touristy, but it’s also charming with cute little streets, amazing views and plenty of places to stop for a glass of wine on the terrace. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be in Paris. Beginning in January I can do an internship or work on a consulting project instead of taking classes. I have to admit that I relish the idea of having a job again (over being a student that is!) and having a regular paycheck. However, I don’t know where that will happen and it might not be Paris. In the meantime, I’m trying to soak up every last part of this city that I love and to visit all the places I have yet to see. Montmartre and Versailles were first on my list. Soon to come: Canal St Martin and Fontainbleu!
It’s August in Paris and all the Parisians have left the city. Everywhere you walk you see signs in the windows that say that businesses are closed for weeks or even the whole month. The only parts of the city that are crowded are the tourist areas. It feels a bit as if you have the city to yourself and it is actually quite enjoyable. It’s nice to go to my neighborhood cafe or restaurant (the ones that are open!) and be able to have my pick of tables. Still a bit of the energy is missing from the city too. I have decided to spend my touristing and visiting all the beautiful places I love in this city that I never have time to visit.
What are your summer travel plans?