This weekend I took a get-away to Paris, my third visit to that spectacular city. It never gets old.I could have stayed for three weeks.
Even with a grey backdrop, Paris does not disappoint. My travel companion for the weekend was the lovely K, my cousin who is studying abroad in France this semester. We enjoyed a somewhat off the beaten path Paris trip, as both of us been-there-done-that with most of the Paris tourist sights.
Instead of set our focus on shopping, relaxing in cafes, seeing some less well known museums, and wandering through the beautiful streets stopping at the sights if we came across them. It was the perfect Paris weekend (although we could have done without the rain on Sunday, as it put a damper on our plans to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery).
On our first day in Paris we ate lunch at a brasserie, and found our way to the most important sight of our trip: Galeries Lafayette. Their food hall is not to be missed.
Among all the beautiful food products for sale at Galeries Lafayette was a 5kg bottle of Nutella. 5kg! Thats more than 10 pounds of nutella. For a serious nutella lover to be sure.
We also visited and had lunch at the Musee du Vin, a museum about, you guessed it, wine. It focused on the history of wine making in France, and was set in stone caves. An interesting hidden sight of Paris.
We are lucky we were able to find this place, as the lunch was delicious, probably the best of the weekend, but it was hidden away in a tiny corner of city, only accessible by this "street" aka. stair case:
I didn't snap any photos of the breakfast, as I was too busy stuffing my face (and going completely off my usual diet). Perhaps it was the fact that until Sunday I hadn't had a croissant in years, but Laduree's almond croissant was quite nearly perfect. Crispy on the bottom, light and flaky pastry, filled with an almond hazelnut mix. I was in heaven. (And my stomach must have agreed, as it didn't protest the diet deviation).
I also somehow came home with a box of Laduree macarons...how did that happen? :)
It was the perfect Paris weekend, and just the girls-trip that I have been in need of. Thanks to K for being a great travel buddy!
Until we meet again, Paris. Cheers!