Food, Photos, and What I Learned In Paris

Bon jour!

I have finally had time to reorganize and resettle after returning from my trip a week ago! I finally got 100% unpacked, put everything away, uploaded photos, and have had a few minutes to sit and reflect on the trip. So what I’m going to give you over the next couple of posts are food pictures, some fun pictures, and also a little bit about what I learned in each city I visited.

I truly believe that every time you travel someplace where the customs are so different from what you’re used to, you learn things without even trying. (And if you don’t learn anything, maybe you just need to pay a little bit closer attention to your surroundings).

With that being said, let me begin by taking you on a mini-food tour of my three days in Paris…

First, there were the crepes:

The first morning there, I had a lovely crepe with ham, cheese, and a runny egg. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of that one, but this one with Nutella and Banana is a pretty good substitute!Β 

There was also quite a bit of cappuccino and espresso involved…

Sitting and enjoying these at little sidewalk cafes was most certainly one of my favorite parts of the trip!Β 

And then of course, the pastries:

A delicious, delectable, chocolate croissant

A lemon tart pastry… also known as a little piece of heaven.Β 

And yes, in between all of these sweets, carbs, and caffeine, I did enjoy some real meals as well:

Our picnic dinner beneath the Eiffel Tower on the last night. I was craving veggies at that point, so I picked up a little carrot-slaw to accompany my fresh baguette, goat cheese, and champagne πŸ™‚Β 

Goat cheese, fresh mint, and a drizzle of honey in a pastry shell, accompanied by a small arugula salad. So simple, yet this was probably my favorite thing that I ate during the entire trip.Β 

There were other meals too, but I’m sure you guys don’t want to see every single thing I ate for a week (that would get a little boring, no?)

Beautiful sculptures inside the Louvre.Β 

Now on to the other part of this post: What did I learn from the French?

This one is easy, and is something that you can probably gather from all of the food pictures. Β And it’s actually rather simple:

Indulge, enjoy, and savor (life).Β 

On the surface, this applies to food (bread, wine, cheese and pastries in particular), but it also goes a lot deeper than that (more on that in a second). In essence, it’s ok to indulge in decadent foods and savor every bit of it. The french eat bread like it’s their job. They walk through the streets carrying baguettes home to share with their friends and families for dinner. They savor a meal with friends, enjoying not only the food, but the company and the experience of it all. They have picnics beneath the twinkling Eiffel Tower at 10 pm on a weeknight, and they sit at sidewalk cafes taking an hour to enjoy a tiny cup of espresso. Β There are lines out the door of pastry shops during lunch time; young professionals in suits lining up for an eclair (yes, really).

Β But beyond the food, they seem to savor the experiences that go with it. There aren’t a whole lot of paper coffee cups being carried around the streets, nor are there fast food joints at every corner. It’s less about on-the-go, how-fast-can-you-get-where-you’re-going-while-eating-that-bagel, and more about enjoying the moment that you’re in. Doesn’t that seem like a great way to live (and eat)?

I’m not suggesting that we all sit around and eat pastries every day, but I AM saying that when we do eat a pastry, or some fine cheese, or indulge in a little bit too much wine, that we don’t have to beat ourselves up over it. Enjoy the experience you had, linger in the moment, and then move on. It’s really very simple.

And chocolate croissants are delicious.Β 

Another thing I learned from the Parisians? Always wear your leather jacket and scarf. I swear, even when it was 70 degrees outside, almost everyone was still in their leather jacket and scarf. Tres chic πŸ™‚

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back and drool over that goat cheese/mint/pastry picture. I’ll be back in a couple days with some thoughts and pictures from Barcelona. Enjoy!

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20 thoughts on “Food, Photos, and What I Learned In Paris

    • I do too! I remember thinking that after the first time I went over there. I had a goal to try to be that way myself (and even have it written in my travel journal from that trip) but I wasn’t to successful… Maybe this time around?

  1. Ahhhh! Can I just say again how jealous I am of you!?! Going to Europe (especially Paris or anywhere in Italy) is seriously my dream! I’ve been reading so many memoirs of people who travel to Europe lately and I’ve been so drawn to that European lifestyle that you just described. I’m so glad you had such a great learning experience there! πŸ™‚

    Also… “But I’m sure you guys don’t want to see every single thing I ate for a week (that would get a little boring, no?)” –> Actually I would LOVE to see pictures of everything you ate LOL! πŸ˜‰

    • I wouldn’t mind seeing the pictures either! I feel quite bad about my food choises here – I’ve been in Europe for 10 months now, but I don’t really eat European food, I just eat the same old stuff as when I’m at home! How boring of me..

      • I would say it’s probably different if you’ve moved there vs if you just go for a visit. If I moved there, I probably wouldn’t walk around eating rich pastries every day.. Or maybe I would πŸ˜‰ And as you’ll see in my next post, trying new things doesn’t always work out well, but I think it’s worth it to try!

    • Chelsea you WILL get there, it’s just a matter of saving and planning, and even if you don’t get over there for another 10 or 20 years, trust me it’s worth the wait πŸ™‚ I’ll try to give you more food pics in the Barcelona post for sure!

  2. I love living in Europe for this reason! It’s now become normal for me to pick up a baguette on the way home. I’ve stopped obsessing over food and really do enjoy the experience. My sister in law is French, and pretty serious when it comes to savouring the moment. No phones at the dinner table!

    • Ah Yes Tara that’s one other thing I noticed over there! There weren’t tables full of people just sitting on their cell phones — I see that SO often over here. I’m so envious of you living in Europe, my friend and I were talking about how great it would be to be close enough to just fly to Barcelona (or any European city) just for a weekend!

      • It’s a completely different lifestyle. It’s amazing. I think moving here was the best decision I ever made (apart from becoming a PT, of course!). We just flew to Amsterdam this past weekend – I did a recap on my blog πŸ™‚ And we have five more trips planned for the rest of the year!

  3. How fantastic!!! I’m so glad you not only had fun, but were able to learn something too– travel does good for a soul that’s for sure! πŸ™‚ I’m stoked to see more pics in upcoming posts, Europe is just so beautiful!!

  4. Oh babe, I love you and I love how much I can relate to this post! I love love love this!!!! (and you ;))!

    I am so proud of you for really enjoying your holiday. So proud. I will get to that in my email tonight πŸ˜€

    Cannot wait to meet you omg!

    P.s. I need to have that nail polish you were wearing when holding the crepe PLEASE!

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