March 24, 2017
Take a class.
Thierry Givone owns Wine Tasting in Paris, a charming tasting space in the Latin Quarter. I'm a big fan of this guy! He helped me arrange a private Champagne tasting for my family last year, which they absolutely loved. They came away feeling like experts and happily continue applying their Champagne knowledge today.
Head to the Seine.
Paris boasts 65 open-air markets and 13 covered markets, so assembling a picnic is a snap. Then head to your local caviste or hit the grocery store for a bottle or two. Just don't forget the corkscrew!
Go to a tasting.
Most Saturdays you can meet the winemakers while tasting their wine at one of the best wine shops in the city, La Dernière Goutte.
Additionally, its owner, Juan Sanchez, offers a fundamentals of French wine class called Elements, which I'm taking next week. You can never have too much wine knowledge!
At the café.
They might not serve the best wine that France has to offer, but the people watching will more than make up for it.
On a balcony.
Don't have one? I'm sure you know someone who does!
March 15, 2017
Myth: The French hardly ever work and go on strike all the time
Reality: The 35 hour work week is true for some, but according to French government statistics, in 2010, 50% of full time workers put in for overtime. Also, if you are a chef, a fromager, own a bakery, work in tourism, etc., you are working way more than 35 hours a week!
The Myth: All French women are perfectly groomed, elegant, thin and dress like haute couture fashion models
The Reality: No, no, no and no. I think the fact that these fuzzy sweaters even exist proves my point
The Myth: Everyone takes a leisurly, 2 hour lunch
The Reality: Fast food is very popular here and after the US, France is the second largest market for McDonald's
The Myth: The French are rude
The Reality: This is simply not true
The Myth: The bureaucracy is frustrating and seems to never, ever end
The Reality: Yeah, this one is true
The Myth: French people are very careful with their alcohol and rarely drink to excess
The Reality: I've seen my fair share of French people tossing back glasses of pastis, wine and Calvados at local cafés, well before noon
The Myth: Every day is spent sipping Champagne and eating macarons
The Reality: Every day is spent sipping rosé and eating cheese (ha!)
I've said it before and I'll say it again...life in France is simply that, life.
The garbage still has to be taken out and the taxes still need to get paid. I know the myth sells a lot better than the reality, but I've always tried to keep it real around here.
The reality is that some days are full of incredible art, leisurely afternoons at the café, delicious cheese, long Sunday lunches and great wine. And some days you end up in the emergency room, almost get run over by a bus and spend hours on the telephone dealing with incompetent bureaucrats. C'est la vie.
As our 14th anniversary of moving here quickly approaches, I can honestly say that the good far outweighs the bad. And I wouldn't change this life in France for anything!
March 8, 2017
March 4, 2017
I've always had a thing for doors.A post shared by Doorways Of Paris (@doorwaysofparis) on
His photos always make me long for the Languedoc. And for the wine!The sun shines on Languedoc this morning. A good day begins. #Languedoc #winetourism #winedestinations #vineyard #organicvineyardA post shared by Photography tourism and wines (@gaylord_burguiere) on
A beekeeper and his beagle on the rooftops of Paris. Need I say more?Filou my #beagle #beekeeper #dog 🐕 loves the #rooftop view #paris 🗼 #urbanbeekeeping #apiculture #urbaine #dogofig #dogstagram #beaglesofinstagram #beaglelove #beaglelife #beaglelover #paysage #igparis #picoftheday #dogofthedayA post shared by lemieldeparis 🐝🍯🗼🍷 (@honey.mead.in.paris) on
Love the duo behind the brilliant magazine, L'Instant Parisien.Méthode Coué ☂️😑 Self-persuasion . #paris #igersparis #igparis #seemyparis #parislovers #parisianlife #instaparis #parismaville #secretparis #hiddenparisA post shared by L'Instant Parisien (@linstantparisien) on
People who are passionate about cheese are some of my favorite people!#roquefort #Carles #roquefortcarles 😊 always amazing....#tasting #cheesetasting at @fromageriebeaufils #75014 #paris14 #parisfood #cheeselovers #foodlovers #foodpic #foodshot photo : @emmanuelcarbonneA post shared by Fromagerie Beaufils (Paris) (@fromageriebeaufils) on
I've learned some very valuable French words and expressions from this account.A post shared by French Words (@frenchwords) on
Molly shares her delicious discoveries while wandering around Paris.Saturday morning market visits. 😆😆😆Omg spring is in the air!!! ☀️🌿 . . . . #paris #france #parisien #igersparis #parisjetaime #instaparis #igparis #parismaville #hello_france #igersfrance #onlyinparis #topparisphoto #seulementparis #visitparis #visitlafrance #parislife #parisianlife #parisienne #iloveparis #theparisguru #parisweloveyou #parisgram #myparis #thisisparis #seemyparis #farmersmarket #marketday #cooking #marcheA post shared by Molly (@toffeebits_chocolatechips) on
How can you not help but love this face?👑 for the day, because it's my 1st birthday ! Love to my siblings, and Happy Birthday to you @johnraynyc @pita___licious @pinkandoak 🌷💕🎂A post shared by Arden (@ardenpalaisroyal) on
These are just a few of the many that I follow and love.
Some other favorites include 52 Martinis, David Lebovitz, Carina Okula, At Home in Normandie, Martin Boire et Manger (yum!), Lou in Paris, Rosa Jackson, Prêt à Voyager, Lina Caschetto and Plum Lyon.
I would love to hear about your favorite France focused accounts. It's always fun to discover someone new!
December 6, 2016
1) The stained glass windows aren't the only beautiful thing at Sainte-Chapelle
2) The British Library. I loved this place so much I wanted to move in.
3) I couldn't get over this sky!
4) A day trip to London last week made me realize how much I love and appreciate the cafés in Paris
5) Figs stuffed with foie gras. Need I say more?