Waking up in Paris this morning I only had one thing on my mind. Crepes. If I had to put my top ten foods in order, crepes would be somewhere between an Eggplant Parm hero and my Mom’s beans.
Here are my top ten:
1. My Mom’s Pasteles
3. Eggplant Parmigiana Hero
5. My Mom’s Beans
So after a nice stiff mug of French coffee, Cat and I headed out to check out
1. The Musee de Moyen Age (the museum of the middle ages) &
2. To get me my long awaited crepes.
In college during a semester abroad in Nantes, France I LIVED on Crepes. My main course was a gallette avec champignon et fromage , a buckwheat savory crepe with mushrooms and cheese and for dessert either a crepe avec beurre et sucre (butter and sugar) or a crepe avec chocolate y citron (dark chocolate and lemon) trust me, it’s delicious.
When we arrived at the museum of the Moyen Age, which I read was a charming small museum usually overlooked by tourists to the city, we were horrified to realize that indeed the museum was closed on Mondays. Quel Domage.
That is one of the things I have learned on my trip so far. If you are traveling anywhere in Europe in August (which is literally EVERYONE’S month off), its important to check BEFORE you head out to see whether the museum, restaurant or shop that you want to head out to are closed. SO many stores close up for the month. It’s unbelievable. We should be so lucky here in the U.S., right?
The crepes that we had quickly made up for the closed museum. I had a gallette with chevre, mozzarella cheese, pesto and fresh tomato puree. It was perfect, a little crunchy on the ends and soft and delicious on the inside. Then I HAD to have a crepe with dark chocolate and citron, for old times sake. Coupled with a foamy cappuccino it was the perfect start to the day.
A little window shopping in the Marais district was how we choose to walk off our hearty breakfast. I tried on a few things but I honestly could not believe how expensive things are! The exchange rate is just killing my shopping mojo. Cat did take me to a couple of fun shops, and I did try on a few crazy outfits at the gypsy shop.
We stopped by a few Parisian shops namely:
Merci, Bimba and Lola, Cos and Manoush where I tried on this totally outrageous top.
After our window shopping we met Cat’s beau, Olivier for a drive out to the country. One town was more beautiful than the next!
We went though a series of amazing villages including Larchant that had the ruins of a cathedral built in the middle 1500s. Part of the church is still in use but the rest of it was open to the elements. A perfect backdrop for a photo shoot.
Of course we had a little snafu, the restaurant that we had planned to go to, a little place in the trees, in Champcueil a town in the forest that is adjacent to the Fountainbleu forest, an important one on the outskirts of France, was closed. That was 2 strikes in one day. We were on a roll!
But instead we headed to Barbizon, France, which if ever get to Paris, this town is worth the (1 hour trip). ASUPER charming artist’s village with tons of small restaurants, bars and some quaint homes. This place is just gorgeous.
We headed to the Barbizon Hotel for dinner with Cat and her friends Sine and Anthony, the food was outrageous.
We each ordered the menu which included an appetizer, entrée and dessert for 35 euro To start I had a tuna marinated and coated with sesame seeds and a wasabi sauce. It was delicious, and to be honest, I am not really a fan of raw fish, but I ate every last piece, it was that good.
For my main course I had Cabillaud, a flaky white French Cod stuffed with ginger on a wild grain rice with a creamy, honey and lemon sauce. It was ridiculous.
For dessert I had a dark chocolate ganache with a small cup of fresh vanilla pudding garnished with a raspberry. It was so rich and delicious I could have jumped in and swam around the plate.
We got home after our 3 hour long dinner and I am going straight to bed, after our catacomb day yesterday we are all totally exhausted!
A great time was had by all!
Here are some links for all that I checked out and would love to recommend!
Stops on my trip:
MUSEE DE MOYEN AGE
Museum of the Middle Ages
6 Place Paul Painlevé
75005 Paris, France
01 53 73 78 00
Affordable and delicious crepes in the Marais district of Paris
24 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
08 99 69 07 87
Beautiful gypsy inspired clothing store (where I tried on the outrageous shirt)
75 rue Vieille du Temple
01 44 54 54 59
A cool designer clothing and housewares concept store
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris, France
01 42 77 0033
Elegant and beautiful fashion from Spain
17 rue Pavée
01 42 74 65 41
Owned by the same company that owns H&M, this store has beautiful grown up styles and affordable prices.
4 rue des rosiers
14 45 43 77 0
Fabulous French restaurant in the town of Barbizon, France
29 rue Grande
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