I am so thrilled to be writing from Paris. I am truly so inspired here and feel a lightness and pep in my step for sure being back. It’s a breath of fresh air, and the city is even more beautiful than I remember. I have been enchanted with charming frenchisms throughout my entire day, everyday so far. I arrived after a bit of a hectic travel over – if any of you have experienced an “emergency landing” you will relate. Long story short, I arrived a day later than anticipated. There was a maintenance issue on the plane and therefore a return to Dallas, which lasted an entire 24 hours before I could take the next flight out to Paris. I survived, and I look at it as – It made it all that much sweeter when I landed here.
Day 1 – I ventured through the open marché and listened to the beautiful french language. I engaged with the vendors and stocked up my apartment with figs, lavender honey, wild strawberries, chanterelle mushrooms, baguettes, cheeses, and of course wine.
Speaking of my apartment – I was elated with the result of the remodel. Stepping foot into my Parisian apartment for the first time in nearly two years, brought back a flood of happy memories and reignited my whole reason for purchasing it.
I will tell you – its simply a feeling. I have been in love several times in my life, with men. But with Paris – Paris is a constant state of being in love for me. There is something about it here, that makes me giddy. It is so unusual yet traditional; so mysterious, yet comfortable; So exciting, yet completely doable. So beautiful …. I could go on and on. I have tried to put the feeling into words, but it doesn’t ever really paint the whole picture.
Highlights have been Place Maubert Market (an outdoor market in the 5th with the most helpful charming vendors ever.) I will most likely do an entire post on this market specifically and list all the things you MUST try! (Located in the 5th Arrondissement)
I also had a lovely bottle of Cornas (Syrah) with friends last night … 2005 vintage and it was unforgettable. We paired that with a starter of BBQ octupus and then a main course of lamb with roasted moroccan carrots. We dined at a new delectable restaurant called Elmer l’Epicerie located in the 3rd district of Paris – Also known as Le Marias (3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris) … the moment they brought out house-made Foccacia I knew it was a gem.
I met wine school friends for a classic bistro meal in my neighborhood yesterday and that was also a lovely afternoon spent full of stories and laughter. Location Chez Rene also in the 5th arrondissement.
Ok, I will continue with updates for you to read with your morning coffee – Aperitif Hour posts will come when I start traveling to wine regions in France 🙂
Have a beautiful Saturday.