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Bonjour Paris!

Paris.. Spring in Paris, absolutely magical, make it if you can. I was there last weekend, as my 40th birthday treat, and it was lovely to be there. We took the Eurostar train from London and within 2 1/2 hours, we were in central Paris; a great way to go if you are in England. Spring has been in the air, relaxing with no fixed schedule has been wonderful; and it sure felt good to enter the 4th decade:)As always, best tips come from friends who have been there, so thank you Claire, Judith and Gillian for sharing your favorite Paris treats:) Here are a few favorites:

Ile Saint Louis: this is the tiny island right behind Notre Dame. It has
plenty of cute little restaurants, some cute shops and the best ice-cream artisanal of the famous Maison Bertillon. One of my favorite sights in Paris, and not as busy.

Hediard and Laduree: Two wonderful treats in Paris; Hediard is a foodie heaven with wonderful sea salts, oils, spices, chocolates, wine and many more. Laduree is an artisanal patiserie with melt-in-the-mouth macarons, just wonderful:)

Restaurant Le Christine: Just off St Germain, this wonderful, small family restaurant served us a very memorable 7 course Degustation tasting menu. Very friendly service and just wonderful food. I tried my fist escargot (smails) there! here is the link,

Musee d’Orsay: One of my favorite museums in Paris, they at the moment are hosting Manet paintings, a real feast to the eye and soul.

And just that wonderful feeling of being in a mesmerising city with wonderful sights and surprises in the corner, unbeatable. While we were just outside Musee d’Orsay, all of a sudden, the street was closed and invaded by thousands of Parisians on roller skates – an incredible sight!

Wishing you all happy travels, wherever in the world 🙂

4 Responses to Bonjour Paris!

  1. Cuisine de Provence May 9, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    Congratulations, happy birthday and many happy returns!

  2. Ozlem's Turkish Table May 9, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Many thanks Barbara:) I am very glad our paths crossed, hope to meet up sometime soon,
    Best wishes,

  3. A Seasonal Cook in Turkey May 9, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Paris is always great, isn't it? Especially in the springtime! Your birthday falls at just the right time, Özlem! Happy Birthday to you!

  4. Ozlem's Turkish Table May 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Thank you Claudia, very sweet of you:) Paris was magnifique!:)

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