A weekly account of my indulgent 3 month holiday in France (Dec 2010-Feb 2011)

Week 10: Le Cordon Bleu

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 10: Le Cordon Bleu

I just completed the last of four 1-day courses at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and I thought I’d share my experience and pictures this week. For those who haven’t heard of it (shame on you!), Le Cordon Bleu (“the blue ribbon”) is an elite cooking school that was established in 1895. The school was recently featured in a film called Julie & Julia – the true story of an avid cook (Julie) and her attempt to cook her way through the entire book of Julia Child, a Cordon Bleu graduate and legend. The Cordon Bleu...

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Week 9: Classic French Pastries & Desserts

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 9: Classic French Pastries & Desserts

This week will be a bit of digital (for you, a little bit more realistic for me!) gluttony as I have been taking photos of (and later sampling) a selection of the delectable eats Paris has to offer. We begin with the classics: Enjoyed typically for breakfast but suitable at any time of day, croissants are literally everywhere in Paris. The Pain au Chocolat is made from the same dough as a croissant but with the addition of chocolate (because of course all that butter just isn’t rich enough already). Next we have financiers – tiny...

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Week 8: My Michelin Star dining experience

Posted by on Jan 30, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 8: My Michelin Star dining experience

I am able to write this week thanks to the very generous acts of Apple France who replaced my damaged laptop within 8 days. I highly recommend Apple to everyone who does not already use it as having used their Time Machine back up programme, my new laptop has everything in exactly the same place as the old one. Merci Beaucoup Apple! The Michelin Guide, an annual guide providing information on hotels and restaurants around the world is well known for the stars they award to high quality restaurants. With 3 being the maximum, and only 81...

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Week 7: La Tour Eiffel

Posted by on Jan 9, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Week 7: La Tour Eiffel

I thought I’d save this week for the iconic Eiffel Tower, the object that usually comes to mind when one thinks of Paris (alongside croissants, fromage, pastries etc). La dame de fer (The Iron Lady) as it is also known stands at an impressive 324m and is visible from most of Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, and remains today the 2nd tallest structure in France. A visit is highly recommended, indeed a trip to Paris would be incomplete without it! The queues have been long every time I’ve been, but...

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Week 6: Winter Wonderland

Posted by on Dec 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 6: Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. This week’s entry will be a short one, just wanted to wish all those who celebrate it a very happy Christmas. Over the past few weeks I’ve tried to capture the spirit of Christmas in Paris but the pictures don’t really do it justice. Since I haven’t seen snow since I was 2, I was very excited by the first snowfall of winter! My first venture into the snow was not very...

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Week 5: Macarons

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 5: Macarons

So firstly, macaroon or macaron? The French spelling is the latter, with one “o” but many English speaking people have adopted this spelling too to avoid confusion between coconut macaroons (biscuits piped in a star shape and sometimes dipped in chocolate) and the more well known French version (meringue discs sandwiched with a cream in a range of flavours and colours). The Ladurée website still refers to them as macaroons and even though they may be the foremost authority on the matter, I’m going to stick with macaron...

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Week 4: Cathédrale Notre-Dame & Château de Versailles

Posted by on Dec 12, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Week 4: Cathédrale Notre-Dame & Château de Versailles

In reference to last week’s entry about shopping, I have to begin this week by mentioning that shortly after writing that entry, I returned to the area where Galeries Lafayette is located. I had a mission in mind involving Hugo Boss and some shopping for a special little baby boy (mission unsuccessful) when I noticed that there is ANOTHER series of stores called Printemps which, like Lafayette has various departments approximately 7+ storeys high and positively bursting with designer names. A clear sign that you’ve been shopping...

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Week 3: Shopping in Paris

Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Week 3: Shopping in Paris

We all know there are many shopping capitals of the world, London, Tokyo, Dubai, New York, Milan… Today, I am here to give a firsthand account of shopping in Paris. I knew my 3 month adventure in Paris would fall right in the middle of winter and I wanted to come prepared. Unfortunately, winter in Europe corresponds to summer in Brisbane and I was hard-pressed to find anything vaguely warm before leaving. I finally discovered that the outdoor gear shops stocked clothing for all kinds of weather so I went along and bought myself a wind...

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Week 2: Champs-Élysées

Posted by on Nov 28, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Week 2: Champs-Élysées

So I’m glad I enjoyed the first musician that I saw last week when I passed the Eiffel Tower at night because I have to say, after you see at least 3 a day, the magic wears off somewhat! It appears that playing music on the metro is a VERY popular way to make money. From violins to accordions, they are everywhere. Moving on, this week I went to the Champs-Élysées and I would like to share with you some of the magic that is Christmas time in this area. For those who have never been there, the Champs-Élysées is a prestigious avenue in...

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Week 1: Les marchés (markets)

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Week 1: Les marchés (markets)

Weather: average of 6°C, occasional rain On my first real day in Paris, I discovered a fresh produce market which takes place every Sunday. Apparently they’re all over Paris, but this particular one was located on Boulevard de Grenelle in the 15eme arrondisement (district). From this market, I had some of the best fruit I’ve ever tasted – grapes, mandarins and raspberries to name a few. They also sold a beautiful range of flowers, I held back and only allowed myself one bunch of deep red roses that somehow managed to look better...

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