March 24, 2017

Where To Taste Wine In Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris has a gorgeous new tasting space.

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.


Sunset apéro on the banks of the Seine followed by a delicious dinner and plenty of cheese. #lifeinFrance

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!


Le Vin

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!


Red wine afternoon.

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.


Balcony in Paris

On a balcony.
Don't have one? I'm sure you know someone who does!


So many choices...
"Decisions, decisions."






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March 15, 2017

Life in France - The Myth vs. The Reality

Fromagerie du Puits Neuf

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!


When French Fashion Goes Terribly Wrong

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


American food. As viewed by KFC in #France.  I'm at a loss for words.

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


Looking Bored

The Myth: The French are rude
The Reality: This is simply not true


Dossiers

The Myth: The bureaucracy is frustrating and seems to never, ever end
The Reality: Yeah, this one is true


Ricard ad. #summerinFrance #pastis #lifeinFrance

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


Apéro with a view

The Myth: Every day is spent sipping Champagne and eating macarons
The Reality: Every day is spent sipping rosé and eating cheese (ha!)


Seriously, though.

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!



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March 8, 2017

5 Things

Paris

1) Bread served with butter. This almost never happens!



Paris street scene

2) Une flâneuse



Mont d'Or

3) Runny cheese perfection



Ceci n'est pas une pipe

4) Ceci n'est pas une pipe



Paris

5) Sunset over the Seine


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March 4, 2017

My Favorite French Instagram Accounts

A post shared by Doorways Of Paris (@doorwaysofparis) on
I've always had a thing for doors.


A post shared by Photography tourism and wines (@gaylord_burguiere) on
His photos always make me long for the Languedoc. And for the wine!


A beekeeper and his beagle on the rooftops of Paris. Need I say more?


Love the duo behind the brilliant magazine, L'Instant Parisien.


 People who are passionate about cheese are some of my favorite people!


A post shared by French Words (@frenchwords) on
I've learned some very valuable French words and expressions from this account.



Molly shares her delicious discoveries while wandering around Paris.


How can you not help but love this face?


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 NormandieMartin 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!



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December 6, 2016

5 Things

Sainte-Chapelle

1) The stained glass windows aren't the only beautiful thing at Sainte-Chapelle


Day trip to London

2) The British Library. I loved this place so much I wanted to move in.


Paris

3) I couldn't get over this sky!


Café Views

4) A day trip to London last week made me realize how much I love and appreciate the cafés in Paris


Figs stuffed with foie gras. What more could you want?

5) Figs stuffed with foie gras. Need I say more?



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