|Effel Tower, Arc de Tromphe, The Opera, Place de la Concorde|
My husband and I are back from our "romantic" (code for no kids) trip to Paris. The weather was terrific for November only a little overcast, no rain and in the 50's. It is a great time to visit because tourist season has just ended and there aren't any lines to get into the museums and monuments. My take on Paris is:
|Notre Dame, The Cluny Medieval Museum, me at a fountain, St. Chapelle|
London is dignified, New York is intense... but Paris is GRAND!
|Winged Victory, Pyramid entrance of the Louvre, Venus de Milo|
The wide boulevards and the Baroque and Rococo buildings which are not shadowed by towering skyscrapers makes walking around this city truly pleasurable. We loved the breath of Paris so much my husband and I never took the Metro or any other mass transportation.
|Famous Art Deco Metro station.|
|Bicycling with style, motorcycles are very popular, a single person car.|
Walking also helped us burn off the calories of the delicious food we ate: steak and fries at cafes, white veal stew and fish in a butter wine sauce in bistros... snacks of bread, chocolate and macaroons. On our last night we celebrated my birthday at the old and famous hotel restaurant Le Meurice. It is an Alan Ducasse establishment. We dined on a seven course meal of: oysters, lobster, duck, cheese, and mousse and pastries.
|My husband in front of the famed Poilane bakery...fast food is popular. McCafe is quiet and beautiful, but I'd rather eat a nutella filled crepe than a Mcburger.|
There is no lack of fast food in Paris. The French diet is traditionally very high in fat, but not carbohydrates. They have a little bread with their meals but they consists of mostly meat and vegetables. Why aren't they fat? My theory is full fat dairy and fattier cuts of meat satisfies hunger more and you eat less.
Another factor, French restaurant portions on average are 25% smaller than American portions. Also, they do not snack between meals. An occasional pastry in the late afternoon, but they don't keep bags of chips and cookies at their desks or in their homes... also no soda! They drink water, wine, and coffee. Sounds like a good diet to emulate!
|Centre Georges Pompidou for Modern and Contemporary art.|
A really striking thing about Paris is how they have managed to erect very futuristic modern architecture that works with the old buildings of the city. I would say the French truly have a flair. In the US we usually try to build something that matches the old style, when we put up something modern we don't always incorporate the line of the old buildings that surround the new structure. The brilliant juxtaposition between old and new in Paris is astonishing.
|Talk about style this is a department store: Galleries Lafayette.|
Add of course, Paris is about romance... especially at night. We took a boat tour down the Seine and walked near the bank of the river. All the monuments are light up at night... just gorgeous.
|The romantic tradition of lovers putting a lock on the river bank and throwing the key into the Seine.|
|Boat tour of Paris at night.|
I hope you enjoyed a little peak at Paris... there is so much to see and do there. I am so grateful that my husband and I got to share this enchanted city together.
|My husband and I before my birthday dinner in Paris.|
Weekly Menu Plan:
Sunday: Monkfish Fillets Dijon Style with Swiss Chard and Saffron Rice
Meatless Monday: Strozzapreti (Cheesy Gnocchi like pasta)
Wednesday: Corn Tortilla Enchiladas with Guacomole and Sour Cream
Thursday: Chicken Stir-Fry with leftover vegetables and Trader Joes Stir-Fry sauce.
Friday: Quiche with leftover Cheese and a Green Salad