Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Three of the best department store Christmas displays in Paris

One of the things I love doing during the Christmas period in Paris is taking a day out to leisurely stroll through my favourite Christmas themed department stores. Parisian department stores also offer free Christmas gift wrapping which is a bonus when working through the Christmas present shopping list! By the time evening falls, which in Winter is around 5pm, it's time to pop outside and hit the window displays. They look extra magical and twinkly at night. 

First cab off the rank this year was Le Bon Marché to see this giant centrepiece suspended in the middle of the store.

You know Dasher and Dancer..

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Paris and I on our annual romantic Christmas date

For me, being in Paris is like being in a relationship with her. I'm completely besotted by her beauty, I catch myself doing double takes all the time. Even now going on three years. I love being in her presence, I love getting to know her different personalities and sharing beautiful moments of comfortable silence together. Of course, she isn't perfect. Nobody is and like any healthy relationship, she also likes to drive me insane from time to time. Her cold weather, frustrating administration and metro delays/strikes/station closures. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Château de Fontainebleau - giving Versailles a run for its money

As mentioned in my previous post, I have a thing for castles. 

British castles, French castles, I really don't discriminate. As soon as I enter an old château in France, I'm immediately transported to another era (especially when there aren't any crowds surrounding me left right and centre.. I'm talking to you Versailles). Because, as beautiful a palace as you are Versailles, and as breathtaking as your Hall of Mirrors is, it's hard for me to close my eyes and imagine what it would have been like with a bus load of tourists behind me gently inching and nudging their way forward.  

This is where UNESCO World Heritage listed Château de Fontainebleau comes in to play. A beautiful palace situated 55km southeast of Paris with a long and rich history, originally dating from 1137. It is the only royal and imperial palace to 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands

Bright and early this morning, in the harsh 4 degree Parisian Winter weather, I headed off to the Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands. By the way before I continue, how 'French' does the name of this salon sound? Look at all those words used - tastes, pleasures, gourmand. There are no simple words like 'food' or 'festival' or 'eat' or 'foodie' in the title, instead the words have to be a little alluring, a little seductive, a little sensual .. bah, a little 'French'. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

What is with the coffee in Paris...?

Coffee in Paris. 

How do we start this?

Chances are, if you've been to Paris and had a coffee, it probably wasn't the best coffee of your life. I always become a little anxious when visitors tell me "let's catch up for a coffee when I'm in Paris!". My eyes normally start to dart from side to side as I rack my brain trying to think of somewhere fairly central that serves decent coffee, at a reasonable price. All the good places I knew weren't 'typically Parisian' and were often