Oh what a weekend. It's been marvelous! We flew to Dublin from Schipol, Amsterdam on…
Since we moved to the Netherlands, we were planning a road trip to France and finally we got the time to do it. And let us tell you, the French can cook and bake. As you know we are two foodies who love to travel, meet new people and obviously love tasting all sorts of delicious food and baked goods. Here’s to a few days of tasting delicious pastries, food and Champagne.
Our trip started of with a quick visit to Amiens. Amiens is a beautiful city located in northern France and is divided by the Somme river. It was a very rainy and cold day in Amiens so we couldn’t really see as much as we wanted but our plan is to go back there on day.
After Amiens we headed straight to the capital of France, Paris. We spent a few nights in Paris and walked over 20km each day. We went into almost every Patisserie shop to taste some local pastries. Our two favorite small pastry shops were Aux Merveilleux de Fred and Biscuiterie de Montmartre. The Madeleines and coconut biscuits at Biscuiterie de Montmartre are incredible. I tasted warm coconut biscuits when they came straight out of the oven and it was a taste of baking heaven. Creamy, crunchy, buttery and not too sweet. We also recommend going to Laduree for macaroons just for the experience but always remember there are other small pastry and macaroon shop who also sell tasty treats.
Our last foodie recommendation in Paris is La Maison De L’Aubrac. This is an absolute MUST if you enjoy good food, steak, wine and Foie gras. They have (according to us) the best French onion soup we tasted in France and their Foie gras has a rich buttery and delicate flavor.
Paris was amazing by foot. We did not once use the public transport. Luckily the weather played out in our favor. The Paris public transport system is very good and is much easier to see all the attractions if you use the metro. We just did not want to carry our pram and baby down and up all the stairs all the time. Next time we will use the system and see even more attractions and visit some museums. But we find that by foot you definitely see more and experience more.
Our hotel was situated close the the train station Gare du Nord. The first day we walked to the beautiful church Notre dame which unfortunately burned a few years ago, but wow it is still amazing. They are busy rebuilding and it looks like quite an operation. We then headed to the Eiffel tower. We walked through the small streets and stopped at cafes to have some pastries and coffee along the way. After a few photos we made our way to the Arc de Triomphe to do some sight seeing in the street and to eat amazing steak at La Maison De L’Aubrac. After a late lunch we made our way down the street to the Louvre. From there we went back to the hotel since it was already dark and time to get the baby and ourselves to bed after the long day of walking.
The next day we went to Moulin Rouge to take in this historic sight and then took the way up the hill to the Sacre-coeur and Montmartre. This area is famous for all the art. There are many artists standing with their art and they are very eager to make a drawing of you. From here we went back down with back streets. We saw some more lovely buildings and pastry shops. We saw the arc de Triomphe again and ended our last night in Paris at a local restaurant.