In the Land of Croissants and François

You know where!

Bring on the macarons, baguettes, paris-brests, and grouchy frenchies! Loving life in Gay Paree! I hadn’t been to Paris in 15 years… and it was even better than I remember:)

sunset/rise from a plane never gets old

sunset/rise from a plane never gets old

My flight into Paris was great, and I was greeted at the airport by this family who was giving out delicious milk tea and date/brazil nut treats. I have no idea why they were doing it b/c they didn’t speak english, but I think it was just a goodwill gesture. Delish!

date and brazil nut just-because gift from family as we came out of the terminal

date and brazil nut just-because gift from family as we came out of the terminal

Everything in Paris was wonderful, even though I only had a day and a half there. On the first day, I walked a half-marathon (13.12 miles)😳 – I wanted to see everything, all at once! The people were nice to me, surprisingly. I guess in the 15 years I’ve been gone, Parisians matured a bit and possibly consider some Americans not-so-horrible now (the ridiculous freedom fries campaign did the trick?). Although, according to my Uber driver, all is not completely well. He told me that he was going to move to Algeria because “French people are all sad”. How sad do the people around you have to be, for you to want to move to Algeria??

I had some goals in mind for my Paris whirlwind: 1.) eat the best macarons 2.) eat the best paris-brest 3.) explore Montmartre 4.) eat at this falafel place that I read about (looking back, it does seem there was a theme). All accomplished! Par exemple:

the best macarons!!

the best macarons!!

storefront

storefront

coffee, pistachio + raspberry, matcha + sesame, salted caramel

coffee, pistachio + raspberry, matcha + sesame, salted caramel

herme😂

herme😂

best paris-brest

best paris-brest

😍

😍

Saint Honoré cake and paris-brest

Saint Honoré cake and paris-brest

la patisserie des reves😍

la patisserie des reves😍

not overrated falafel

not overrated falafel

L'As du Fallafel

L’As du Fallafel

weighs 5 pounds

weighs 5 pounds

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Montmarte cafe

Montmarte cafe

carousel

carousel

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

windmill - Montmartre

windmill – Montmartre

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

view from hill - Montmartre

view from hill – Montmartre

And other parts:

opera house

opera house

françois, they are still looking for you to prosecute for what you did when you were here last time

françois, they are still looking for you to prosecute for what you did when you were here last time

Eglise de la Trinité

Eglise de la Trinité

moulin rouge in the daytime

moulin rouge in the daytime

blabla bar :)

blabla bar 🙂

cool building siding design - by the louvre

cool building siding design – by the louvre

metro station entrance

metro station entrance

river seine - 5k color run walk

river seine – 5k color run walk

ornate gate

ornate gate

saint michel fountain

saint michel fountain

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

shakespeare and company bookstore

panthéon

panthéon

?

college of france

luxembourg palace

luxembourg palace

eiffel

eiffel

wwii memorial

wwii memorial

pont alexandre iii bridge I think

pont alexandre iii bridge

gardens

luxembourg gardens

I saw this guy, and I think he was someone famous b/c he looked so familiar

I saw this guy, and I think he was someone famous b/c he looked familiar. i swear i only stalked him for a few minutes. i swear.

luxembourg garden

luxembourg garden

After my short stint in Paris, I was to get on a train to the Normandy region, to visit the WWII memorials and stay in a town called Bayeux. French countryside beauty😊

Next up: Normandy

7 Comments on “In the Land of Croissants and François

  1. Extraordinary countryside, architecture, food, and gardens…could spend a long time in the Shakespeare Bookstore…appreciated the worn steps and Hafiz quote. You are sharing a bit of your inner light wherever you go.

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