“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway
As I sit here in my pajamas, tired from a long day at work, and waiting for my boyfriend to come home, I started thinking about Paris. I started thinking about the streets, the food, the lights, the ambiance, and how Audrey Hepburn was right: “Paris is always a good idea.”
Since the Christmas before, James and I had been talking about how magical it would be to have Christmas in Paris. Although we had never been to Paris, we knew how magical it is. We wanted to be apart of it, so we started planning. After months and months of waiting and longing, the trip was finally here.
Part IV: Lets talk food and such!
Food… Wine… Pastries… Duh
We had some of the most amazing meals in Paris that honestly didn’t break the bank. If you want to go to the 5 star expensive places you will find an abundance in Paris, but that’s not that James and I were looking for. We loved feeling as if we were a part of the city, so we chose to stroll and stroll and stroll until we found a place that was packed and looked delicious. Many times we found ourselves speaking broken French, but trying until we had to point at an item and hope for the best. We were never disappointed.
Often, we stuck to the Brasseries. These are small cafe restaurants that cook traditional French cuisine. Most brasseries have the same items on the menu, but with different flares. You will always find beef carpaccio, omelettes, a pasta dish, steak frites, and croquet madams. We found these to be absolutely delicious and amazingly affordable.
As far as the wine, I was blown away. We live in wine country. We both work in wine. I think it’s safe to say we know good wine, but good wine in the United States is pricey. In Northern California at our favorite neighborhood spot, we don’t blink an eye at $9-$15 a glass prices. The most magical thing we found in Paris was that for 15 Euro or less, we could get a whole bottle of great wine! This made it very hard to come back home.
Paris will always be a place I NEED to go back to