With all the walking we did in Paris, we had to do our three meals and a few snacks in between… these were a few of our favorites from our week in Paris.
Frites and Orangina at the Champs Elysees
I love French fries and it was a real pleasure to sit down at a café to taste a small plate of frites with ketchup and Dijon mustard. You could taste these did not come from a frozen bag.
Orangina was my beverage of choice during my week in Paris. I remembered it well from my first trip to Europe. It’s a natural soda with orange juice and pulp. It’s refreshing… not something to drink every day, but certainly, a vacation treat.
A picnic at the Tour Eiffel
One of my dreams was to go to a street market, buy fresh fruits, cheese, bread and take it to a Parisian park to enjoy the company and the views. When we drove past the Tour Eiffel and the Champs de Mars I immediately knew this was the location for our picnic.
Our initial plan was to visit the Marché Breteuil , open weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays, and then head for the Champs de Mars. The thing was the market is open and available early in the morning, so when we went at about 3PM for our afternoon picnic snacking, there was nothing there except the empty area where usually the market stands are. Lesson learned there.
Alternatively, we went to a small market on our way to Champs de Mars and bought our fixin’s – crackers, fromage de chevre, Roquefort, strawberries, and the very Parisian BBQ flavored Lay’s potato chips. It was truly wonderful… a dream come true. It was a bit chilly, but very enjoyable.
Next time… a picnic somewhere we can see the Seine.
A few things to eat at home
Because we were staying at an apartment with a full kitchen… – full in the sense that had everything we needed, but super small according to US or PR standards. – We headed to a supermarket to gather some “munchies” and breakfast alternatives.
We were amazed by the amount and variety of cheeses in the cheese case. To cheese lovers like us, we felt as if we were in cheese heaven. We just could not bring ourselves to choose… Among our purchases: whole grain baguette, citrus juice, goat cheese crottins, comte cheese, some nectarines and peaches, among a few other necessities.
It was really nice to arrive to our apartment, relax for a bit watching some French-language TV and enjoying French cheese, French bread before heading out to a late dinner… felt really Parisian, just like we wanted. But please do not dare ask me how many pounds we gained in just that week… OK?