My French Encounter

“…you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.”

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E.A. Bucchianeri has summed up Paris perfectly in Brushstrokes of a Gadfly; every bit of it is true.

”For there is no other city where you can step out of a railway station (the Gare D’Orsay) and see, simultaneously, the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees – nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?”

I have always loved Paris, when I first visited way back in 1999 – my first ever trip – and the times afterwards. But, I got this chance to live in Paris when I enrolled in what I consider the best Pastry schools in the world – Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I rented an enchanting apartment at Rue Daguerre, which overlooked a florist right from my kitchen window and had bustling cafes and patisseries and charcuteries in the vicinity. On weekends this street would turn into a farmers’ market and it was glorious!

 

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I took the metro to school and back every day and took every opportunity of easy school days (there weren’t too many of them) to explore the city; every bit of it.

Paris is a gastronomic delight; it’s a feast for the eyes and seeped in beauty and culture at every corner. I tried walking as much as I could for I knew that every street offered me something new.

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I am sure you will find many poetic write-ups on the city on the web but here is where I ate and drank and bought Pastry tools and ran away to on weekends.

When in Paris

Eat at…
AuPied De Cochon – The best French Onion Soup and Breaded Pig’s Feet
Cafe Le Moderne – At Bastille
Le Dome
L’Atlas

Have a pastry, a hot chocolate or a macaron at…
Angelina
Eric Kayser Bakery
Au levain Du Marais
Laduree
Sadaharu Aoki
Poilane
Pain De Sucre
Pierre Herme
L’eclair De Genie
Le Loir Dans La Theiere

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Angelina, Paris

Pierre Herme, Paris

Pierre Herme, Paris

L'eclair De Genie

L’eclair De Genie, Paris

Le Loir Dans La Theiere, Paris

Le Loir Dans La Theiere, Paris

Shop at…
Mora
G Detou
La Grand Epicerie
E Dehillerin