PARIS, FRANCE

During my latest visit to Paris, I spent most days just outside the City of Lights exploring picturesque villages on bicycle. A hands-on macaroon-making class, a leisurely picnic on the banks of the Seine in Vernon (the Normandy village just outside Monet's house in Giverny), and an hour strolling the weekly outdoor farmers' market in the village of Versaille helped build a more complete view of life in France. Local producers were excited to share a "gouter" of their homemade cheese or a taste of a non appellation controlee wine--no label, but about $5 a bottle. At that price, I liked everything I sipped! 

Riding twenty miles a day on bicycle helped justify the pain au pommes (or two) for breakfast, the entire baguette and saucisson for lunch (don't forget the Camembert), and the prix fixe six course dinners of foie gras and cassoulet (all with an allowance of a bottle of wine per day). Yes, seeing the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower up close remain absolute tourist musts, but let's face it--we all return to France for the food!


DON'T MISS

Fat Tire Bike Tour of Versailles
Patisserie a la Carte
Amorino Artisanal Gelato

FAT TIRE BIKE TOUR OF VERSAILLES

The local farmer's outdoor market is included on Friday tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATISSERIE A LA CARTE

(Macaron making class)

9 Thimonnier Street
75009 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amorino ARTISANAL Gelato

locations throughout Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EAT

Ze Kitchen Galerie
Café des Abattoirs
Le Bistro Mericourt

tien hiang--14 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France

ZE KITCHEN GALERIE

4 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Café des Abattoirs

10 Rue Gomboust, 75001 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Bistro Mericourt

22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris, France

 


STAY:

Hotel Daniel

HOTEL DANIEL 

8 Rue Frédéric Bastiat, 75008 Paris, France


READ

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain

TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay 


WATCH

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