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Paris Puces

 Paris’ Marchés aux Puces are fairly well known. They’re somewhat of an institution and can be an entertaining way to spend an hour (or more) off the beaten tourist path.

The largest, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, is located at the very northernmost part of the city. But it can be a bit overwhelming, so my favorite to visit is the Puces de Vanves. It’s a great size, lots to see, doesn’t take up your entire day and has a nice, neighborhood feel to it. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and make the trek.

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It was a cold, damp Sunday when I headed to Porte de Vanves. The rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirited exchange of the dealers. There is a nice, relaxed vibe at this market.

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I debated over buying a set of cafe au lait bowls. I’m not sure if I’d use them, but maybe if I had them I would…

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These sconces attracted my eye, but I know they would just elicit some eye-rolling when I got them home – “What do you expect to do with them?”

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The dealers accepted my high-school French without even a blink of an eye. I appreciate them for that. I’m not sure I got any great deals, but I was pretty happy with what I found.

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This little candleholder, or maybe tiny planters. It will look awesome in my outdoor gazebo when we put it up again for the summer.

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La piece de resistance! I was looking for a quintessentially French souvenir and found it! I’m a champagne girl and Veuve Clicquot is the best of the best! It’s a bit chipped, but when I’m home and use it for my bits and pieces I’ll always think of my amazing time in Paris.

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Paris Par Cuisine – Part 1

A big part of my visit to Paris is about the food. I’m sort of a foodie freak anyway, and a lot of the traditional French foods are tops on my list. In no particular order here are some of them:

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Un croissant. Flaky, buttery, slightly crispy on the outside, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. Is there anything more French than a croissant?

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 Soupe à l’oignon gratinée. Warm, savory and topped with croutons and melted cheese. If they try to serve it to you any other way, be disappointed. Goes perfectly with une verre de vin rouge.

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Un crepe avec jambon et fromage. Ham and and melted cheese folded inside a thin pancake. The perfect takeaway lunch.

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Foie gras. Ok, if you think about it, you probably don’t want to eat it. Foie gras is the liver of a fattened duck (or goose). It tastes incredibly silky and smooth. This particular rendition paired it with homemade tagliatelle and black truffles in a cream sauce. The heartburn was worth it.

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Les fromages. Last, but CERTAINLY not least. Fromage in any form is my downfall but the French elevate cheese to new levels. No pasteurization and the stinkier the better. I’m in heaven!

Ok, none of these could be considered health food, but…..

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La Tour Eiffel

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I might be a bit obsessed with the Eiffel Tower here in Paris. Every time I catch a glimpse of it across the river or around a corner I can’t help feeling a little thrill. To me, the structure is what I think of when I think of Paris. I can’t even believe how lucky I am that I get to see this amazing sight every day while I’m here…enjoy these images!

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 Up close and personal

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Seems to grow right out of the ground

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A little artistic license

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Truly, around every corner

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Sunset colors in the background

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The grand finale

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