Day 12: Today’s Blogtember prompt is only photos.
We started the day walking with our friends from the 1e thru the 5e (St. Germain) to the Marche Maubert. We stopped along the way for some macaroons. We discovered this market on the very last day of our trip 4 years ago, so it seemed fitting that we ended up there today. We enjoyed a café at the Café Brasserie before heading into the market to buy some fromage from Laurent DuBois and a bottle of vin rose.
We continued our walk to the Marche Mouffetard, which is quite a bit larger than the Maubert with more permanent shops. I found a wooden mortar and pestle plus we got some bread at a boulangerie. We also picked up some apricot pistachio tarts although those ultimately did not get eaten as the box had been bumped around by the time we got to eating them.
Salon de bain, or bathroom, may be a strange title to a post when we are in the magical City of Light, however after our last trip to Paris, the bathroom is somewhat important.
When we booked our first trip to Paris together, we analyzed many different hotel options and ultimately decided on the Hotel Design Sorbonne, aptly situated next to the Sorbonne. We were focused on getting a decent room without breaking the bank as the conversion rate for Dollars to Euros was not nearly as forgiving as it has been the past few years.
Paris is probably my favorite city. There is just something about this city that has delighted me since I first visited with my grandmother to celebrate my 19th birthday. I was fortunate enough to also celebrate my 30th birthday here. In fact, that may have been the start of my writing about travel as we wrote daily updates to family and close friends about our adventures.
We arrived this morning to this city. We were fortunate enough to be bumped up on the first leg of our journey to CDG and learned invaluable lessons about opportunities for upgrades on the international legs of flights. Although we experienced a few weather related delays due to thunderstorms in the Detroit area, we arrived at a very reasonable 8:30am.
With this chilly, wet weather, it feels like soup season has finally arrived. One of our favorite soups is French onion soup.
Unfortunately, this has been one of the hardest soups to find a decent, restaurant quality recipe. Last year we purchased little crocks from Toque Blanche in Half Moon Bay as I thought maybe the issue was in how I was serving it. I thought the bowls would make the cheese melt even better in the oven.
We came close to a good recipe last year with a recipe by Melissa D’Arabian, but I was on the hunt for something even better, something that could capture the flavor of the bistro just around the corner from the hotel on Paris.