Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Au Revoir, Belle Paris

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Au Revoir, Belle Paris

Today, I am wrapping up my coverage on our short stay in Paris. What I loved most about the city is that it's truly a work of art in itself. The architecture, the sculptures, the flowers, the people. It's just all so beautiful everywhere you turn.

Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville

Paris

Paris


Paris Flowers

The one thing that I regret is not getting to experience the French cuisine while we were there. Like I've mentioned before, we were there at the most inopportune time while festivities raged on all weekend, so most of the restaurants were closed. I did insist on a spur of the moment stop for banana hazelnut crêpes when I smelled them wafting through the air on our way to Notre Dame. This little bowl of crêpes and 2 scoops of ice cream set us back $15 at Haagen Dazs, but let me tell you, it was so worth it!

Paris crepes

The only restaurant we could find open at 8pm was Indiana Cafe.  The menu was very Americanized, so we had to settle for salad and BLT sandwiches. Nevertheless, the girls were geeked over eating french fries in France. The food was good, but the service was very slow. I don't know if that's true of all of the restaurants in Paris, but our waitress never did come back to see if we needed anything else after taking our order. We had to get water refills and our check from the bar.

Indiana Cafe
Indiana Cafe

When we ventured out of our hotel at 7am looking for breakfast, again, we couldn't find anything open that early. We stumbled upon this boulangerie selling pastries that looked pretty tempting. Here's the thing about ordering from a bakery or whatnot in Paris. They expect you to know what you want right away. They don't have patience for dilly dallying or being indecisive. Place your order, then move it along without holding up the line. HOWEVER, you can buy yourself a little extra time if you know a little basic french. I've noticed the locals are appreciative and give you leeway if you show you've attempted to at least speak even a tiny bit of the native language. I was ordering for the 4 of us and was able to buy a few extra minutes in the line without drawing ire from either of the workers by using french numbers and telling them c'est tout when we ordered enough. So on to this bakery. It did not have a name that we could find, but if you are in Paris, I INSIST you stop at the boulangerie at 49 rue Linois, 2 blocks away from the Eiffel Tower. You can read the Yelp reviews here. Not only were the croissants the flakiest, crispest, mouthwatering treats I've ever had, we bought a few apple tarts (tarte aux pommes) that I have not been able to stop thinking about ever since my first bite.

Paris Apple Tarte

I'm seriously not lying when I say a day hasn't gone by since last July that I haven't thought about these apple tarts. Yes, they were that good. If you go to Paris and tell me you didn't stop at this boulangerie, we can't be friends.

The French have a reputation for being rude, so I was a little worried about interacting with the locals. However, I didn't come across a single rude person during our stay. Everyone we spoke to was most kind and helpful, but our Uber driver on our first night in was the best. He insisted on giving us a tour of his favorite stops before taking us to our hotel, showing us some lovely views of Paris lit up at night, where to find his favorite watering hole, and pointing out his house, which was a bit odd, but we just rolled with it lol. He even gave us half a lemon loaf cake to send us off to our room with something to snack on for the evening.

Galeries Layfayette Paris


I admit, we haven't seen the Statue of Liberty in New York yet (that's coming this summer since we had to cancel our Cuba trip last week), but we did make a point of seeing the smaller version in Paris before leaving.

Statue of Liberty Paris

While I don't think we got to experience the essence of the true Parisian culture while we were there, since it was such a festive weekend, I truly loved soaking in as much as we could during our 2 day stay.


Even though we aren't big on going to the same place more than once, I do think a return trip to Paris is definitely in order, but when it's calm. Maybe in springtime or when the first snow of the year hits. Plus, I still need to check off going up the Eiffel Tower and the Catacombs off my travel bucket list :)

Eiffel Tower

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What activity or food would you like to experience first in Paris?



49 comments:

  1. There is something so magical about Paris. I hope to go there one day.

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  2. You have just made me yearn for Paris! I want to go so badly, this is an amazing post.

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  3. Wait?! You couldn't find a restaurant open at 8PM? Like they only opened LATER than that?! I can't believe that for even a minute. Ha Ha. I have been to France and they're open round the clock. I am glad you could find something and it's funny that your girls thought it was hilarious to eat French Fries in France ;) Did you know they're not even French?! :o

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    1. No, they all closed early due to the World Cup celebrations, so it was quite difficult finding a place to eat. We did know they weren't really French. I think they came from Germany or Belgium?

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  4. It’s absolutely beautiful I love the views

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    1. Paris has breathtaking views at almost every turn. It's such a beautiful place to explore.

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  5. Wonderful pics of a wonderful city bringing all my memories back of our trip. Thanks for the nostalgia.

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  6. I am glad you like Paris even though there are some protests happening in there. She is still a beauty no matter what.

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    1. Fortunately, we went during a happy time (Bastille Day and the next day they won the World Cup). It makes me sad to see all of the protests going on there now :(

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  7. Tres lovely turrets and towers!
    $15 for crepes is robbery indeed, I think you'd get them here for two bucks :) And I think waiters in Europe generally don't return to your table, you need to call them yourself when you want to pay.
    Hope you is coping with life, deary, thinking of you in the moments when my sanity returns in my ordeal with Cassy Clare....

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    1. I also think it was overpriced because Haggen Dazs usually is anyway.
      It did take some getting used to not having servers return to the tables in Europe as that's not the case here in the US. Then again, tipping isn't a big deal there like it is here, so our servers are sometimes overbearing making sure you have everything you need.
      I hope you are able to wrap up that Cassy Clare novel soon! What's next on the translation table for you?

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  8. Wow... 😍 just mesmerized by those sculptures. Breathtakingly beautiful! Adding this place in my bucket list. 😊

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  9. Paris is one of our goal vacations. The city is so beautiful, and all the attractions that you only see in pictures would be great to visit.

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    1. I hope you get there soon Bill! You'll love all of its beauty and charm!

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  10. Our family recently went to Paris and we loved it! The food and historical sites were incredible. I'd recommend to anyone to go there.

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    1. I do think it should be at the top of everyone's travel bucket list!

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  11. This looks like another great trip in Paris. I hope to visit Paris someday. :0)

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  12. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever had the joy of visiting. Everywhere I looked was just more beauty.

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  13. Toni | Boulder LocavoreMarch 27, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    I love all your photos!! Really instagrammable!

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  14. Your pictures are great! Sounds like you had a good time.

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  15. Tiffany La Forge-GrauMarch 27, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Paris is such a beautiful city. I would love to see it again soon!

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  16. I love Paris! It’s one of my favorite cities in Europe. I can’t wait to go back and see Eiffel Tower again.

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  17. Oh wow! What a trip! I love to check out their bakery's too!

    I think there are spots in the US that are go...go...go!

    I haven't seen The Statue of Liberty either. I bet the small one is good enough. Ha!

    How come you had a trip to Cuba that you had to cancel?

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    1. I wish we would have been able to go into more bakeries, but next time, for sure!

      I was debating on adding the US Statue of Liberty to our itinerary, but Jason insists, so we're definitely going. We had to cancel Cuba because we just gained custody of my 12 year old niece. Jason didn't want to mess with getting her a passport, then dealing with all of the Visa stuff with everything else going on right now. I really hope we can go next year though. It's one of those countries that I feel could close the doors to the US once again at any moment (especially with what's going on in Venezuela right now!)

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    2. Sounds like a lot of life changes! I hope the transition is fairly smooth. You know her at least. It's a lot to take on, for sure!

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  18. I have never been to Paris but I heard lots of good things about it, and your blog post just solidified that. I also heard people there are rude and you totally changed that. That uber driver is awesome!

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    1. The people are wonderful! My friends that have been agree as well, so I don't know why they get the reputation for being rude or aloof. Yes, our Uber driver was quite fun and unique. We adored him!

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  19. No soup...French food for you!

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  20. Those apple tarts look delish. You took great pics of your stay there.

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    1. Those tarts though. They are what dreams are made of!

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  21. Must have been good if you keep thinking about it for almost a year. Going back when calmer would probably be a whole different experience.

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    1. I have heard it's so peaceful in the off season, so I'd love to go back when it's not so packed with festivities and tourists.

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  22. I never knew there was a small version of the Statue of Liberty in Paris. You had a great 2 day experience in Paris.

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    1. It was a busy 2 days, but definitely memorable :)

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  23. Paris est trés magnifique! I always love coming down here, with family, friends or even alone! I guess we have visited Paris for around 6 times now and even that is far from exploring all corners of this wonderful city. 2 days is not enough but you can always come back, Theresa. And their pastries are exquisite! I love the cuisine but eating in the restaurant in Paris means you have to have enough time to do it

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    1. 2 days was definitely not enough! I can't wait to go back some day though and see more of the beautiful city. And maybe more of the French countryside too. 6 visits? You lucky girl ;)

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  24. Hi, Theresa. I enjoyed seeing your photos of Paris. Terry and I spent several nights there in 2014, and I long to go back. I found Parisians to be friends, helpful, and welcoming. Whenever I tried to speak a little French, everyone replied in English. I am hopeless with other languages! I do hope you get to return. I'm sure that you were deeply impacted by Notre-Dame burning, as was I. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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    1. The Parisians are such a lovely bunch, aren't they? I've heard they have a reputation for being rude or aloof, but we found quite the opposite. I am hopeless with my French as well, but the few times I attempted it, they were very patient with me while I tried to properly form what I wanted to say. The Notre Dame burning has left me with a heavy heart. I do hope they are able to rebuild it to its former glory with time.

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