October 17, 2014

Desserts of Paris

So full disclosure, I'm actually writing this post from an apartment in New York. I left Paris yesterday and I already miss it so much! I still have more photos to post so there'll be more on that later. Anyways, you didn't think that I'd fly all the way out to Paris and not create some sort of extended dessert post, did you? Oh ye of little faith! Here are some of the amazing desserts that I tried during my stay:

Mi-Cuit 
Chocolate cake on the outside, half-baked batter on the inside. Heaven all the way around.
Paris-Brest
A choux pastry filled with praline cream. I wasn't sure if I'd like this one, but the praline filling kind of reminded me of peanut butter. Very yummy!
Macarons
You already know what these are. Plus, who goes to Paris and doesn't try a macaron or two...or ten?
Chocolate Tart
I swear, every dessert in Paris contains some sort of chocolate filling. I may have purchased more than one of these during my stay haha.
Millefeuille
Layers of puff pastry and custard goodness. This dessert is very messy to eat, but it's totally worth it!

October 15, 2014

London: Daunt Books

Another great find thanks to Kinfolk! I really needed a new book for my upcoming flight back to the US and there aren't exactly a ton of English bookstores in Paris. Thank goodness I found out about Daunt Books before heading to London this past Saturday! It was so nice to peruse through a physical bookstore. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the inside of Daunt Books is highly photogenic. Check out those skylights and wooden balconies!!



October 14, 2014

Postcards from London

I took a train ride over to London this past Saturday! I only had nine hours in the city, but I saw a ridiculous amount of tourist sites in that time frame! Plus, I learned that the London tube system is so much better than the Paris metro! The trains are cleaner, more spacious, easier to use (the direction of the train and upcoming stops are all announced ahead of time), and they have a ventilation system! I could go on and on.

Anyways, out of everything I saw, I think that my two favorite activities were walking through St. James Park (which was covered in fall-colored leaves) and strolling along the River Thames up to the Tower of London. The bonus was that I had time to stop by Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross (yay Harry Potter!).

I didn't include photographs of everything, but this was my complete itinerary: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Westminster Abbey (didn't go inside), St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, the Changing of the Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, Convent Garden, London Bridge, Tower of London (didn't go inside), Tower Bridge, Daunt Books, and King's Cross


And for the very first time, I edited a video without the help of any additional programs! Enjoy!

October 10, 2014

Of Fairs and Food

I had no idea that there was going to be some sort of artisinal food fair up at the Sacré-Coeur today, but I'm really glad that I didn't miss it! There were rows of stands selling everything from cheese and champagne to foie gras. Today was also my first time venturing inside of the Sacré-Coeur, which is crazy considering the fact that I live right by it! Anyways, I'm taking a couple of exciting day trips out of the city this week. I'll be posting more photos soon!

October 7, 2014

Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins












So I'm just going to say it. The Albert-Kahn Museum was hands down the museum highlight of my trip so far. I would've visited just for the ten-acre garden alone, but then I found out that the main exhibit was a photography collection. Sold.

Here's a history lesson for today: Albert Kahn was a philanthropist who created foundations that financed photography and cinematography campaigns in the early 1900's. His mission was to document the art/culture/daily life/etc of people all around the globe in order to promote world peace. How amazing is that!? Apparently there are around 72,000 images in the collection! The museum itself is on the smaller side, but the quality of the photography exhibit really made my visit worthwhile. Even more amazing than that, the museum is located on Albert Kahn's former property. He was the one who created the gardens! I'm really in awe of his life and plan on finding out more about him once I'm done traveling.

Below is a quick video that I shot while I was there:

October 6, 2014

Promenade Plantée (aka Coulée Verte)


The Promenade Plantée is the Paris equivalent of the High Line in New York City, except Paris had theirs first. It's a partly-elevated park that runs along an old railway line. At one point, the rooftop path descends back down to street level, where you pass through a few tunnels, public gardens, and more walking trails. I wanted to find some of the less-touristy things to do in Paris and the Promenade Plantée fit my plans perfectly. It's also a good place to take a walk after a heavy meal. In other words, this where I went after my amazing breakfast at Holybelly on Saturday haha.

October 4, 2014

Holybelly







I originally found out about Holybelly through this article on Kinfolk. During these past two and a half weeks here in Paris, I've learned that the French don't really prepare large, savory breakfasts. I've grown used to it and usually just pick up a chocolate croissant for my first meal of the day. But this weekend I was determined to have an "eggs and bacon" breakfast and that's when I happily discovered Holybelly.

My meal came with everything I could ever possibly want for breakfast: fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, bread, and butter (side note: the quality of bread and butter here in France cannot be beat). Besides the amazing food, every server that I encountered was extremely friendly (bonus points for excellent customer service!). They spoke English which also helped me feel more comfortable while placing my order (I believe the owners are from Australia). Hopefully I'll be able to stop by one more time before leaving Paris. If you're ever wandering around the 10th arrondissement, you should definitely grab a meal here!