Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras! And it’s certainly gotten off to a happy start – in honour of the date, my team gathered this morning to enjoy a communal breakfast of light, sweet chouquettesand fresh brioche, one dotted with raisins, the other with chocolate chips and both still deliciously warm from the boulangerie. Mardi Gras (translating literally... Continue Reading →

“Touristy”: Why A Dirty Word?

I wanted to talk about this because it’s something that I’ve become particularly aware of – and thought a lot about – since moving to one of the most tourist-lauded cities in the world.* A couple of weekends ago I spent a very pleasant afternoon at the Louvre and on my day off earlier this... Continue Reading →

Let It Snow

Il neige!! Or at least, it did this morning: big, fluffy clumps of white flurrying past the window for a whole three hours or so. It was a beautiful sight from my sixth-floor apartment. I love the view from my windows anyway - the blue-grey rooftops and terracotta chimney pots are about as typically ‘Paris’... Continue Reading →

Not Another Paris Post (Genuinely)

I met up with my French friend earlier this week - incidentally, the sole Paris inhabitant I knew before I arrived. He’s not actually from Paris, rather he hails from Renne in Brittany; an anchor tattooed onto his ankle represents his Breton roots. I’ve teased him more than once for being a walking cliché when... Continue Reading →

Friday Night – A La Française

Happy Friday tout le monde! I don’t know about you, but this week has flown by for me. Not that I’m any less pleased about it being (practically) the weekend! And I’m going to celebrate by telling you about this absolutely FAB place I discovered last Friday. I say ‘discoverÀed’… It was discovery by way... Continue Reading →

A Very Important Pastry

This a quick addendum to my post (‘A Brief Interlude…’) about the delicious French institution that is the galette des rois. In my earlier post, I tried to convey the importance of this particular pastry – I explained that it is bought, consumed and discussed by just about everyone in France for just about the... Continue Reading →

You’ve Got To Love A Good Cliché

To carry on directly from my previous post, having finally gotten out of the apartment around midday, I hopped on the tram and made my way into central Paris. My first stop was the Jardin de Tuileries (by the Louvre), which was resplendent in reds and yellows and everything in between: it really is true... Continue Reading →

A Brief Interlude…

This is a brief interlude in my Story So Far to share the fact that today I went and bought my first galette des rois! If you're not familiar with the concept, it's a puff pastry tart filled with frangipane, sold and consumed in abundance by the French at this time of year in celebration... Continue Reading →

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