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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 🙂

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Trip to Athens, Greece and Souvlaki

Do you get that unstoppable excitement, that butterflies mingle in your stomach kind of feeling before traveling? I had plenty of that when I departed for Athens last week, to attend a very dear friend’s wedding. The sheer excitement of the journey, being there for a special friend’s wedding were enough to produce many sleepless nights, all worth it!

Here are some photos from the trip. I so feel like home in Greece; we have so much in common culture and food wise and I count myself very lucky to count my Greek friends amongst my best friends. One of my favorite parts in Athens is the quaint Plaka, which surrounders the Acropolis. Souvlaki is a must to try, make it in Plaka if you can.

Mousakka recipe will follow soon.

Happy travels and share of good food to you all!

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