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Sad Day for Lovers in Paris

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Yesterday was a sad day for lovers in Paris, as the city started working on a week-long project to take down all of the locks that have been attached to the Pont des Arts. Doug and I visited the iconic bridge on our honeymoon in 2012, pictured above.  Although I am sad to see all the locks be taken down, it was becoming a safety issue, as the bridge was being compromised by the immense weight of the locks — apparently the weight was comparable to 20 elephants! And I cant imagine throwing the keys into the Seine was very safe/environmentally friendly either!

Apparently to deter future lovers from adding new locks, they will be installing glass panels instead of the wire fencing. I cant help but wonder, will tourists select a new bridge to declare their love?

PS. Although a few years old, my scarf and sweater are from J.Crew, my bag is from Coach, and sunglasses are H&M.

Girl in the Purple Dress

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Dress: no label / Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Longchamp / Boots: Bass, old (similar)

I saw this dress and just knew it was the perfect dress to wear on my birthday in Paris.  It was a really great day, how could you not love spending your birthday in Paris?! We took our market cooking class, strolled through a flower market, shopped in the Marais, and had a lovely, yet rainy walk home to our apartment. 

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Cooking with La Cuisine Paris

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When planning my trip to Paris I not only enlisted the help of BeFrnch for my packing my suitcase, but also for some real-life French things to do around the city!  Having already visited most of the popular tourist attractions in Paris, I wanted to do something a little more unique, so when Jessica suggested taking a French Market Class with La Cuisine Paris I jumped at the opportunity.

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We started off the class by visiting a local market! We met our chef, Emilie, right outside the Marché Maubert where we did some quick introductions and started to explore the market! Emilie walked us through the market stopping at all the different stalls and explaining to us all the important things to look for when choosing our foods. For example, you should always buy your rabbit whole, and fish should still be “stiff” when you hold it, and the eyes should not be dried out. We settled on white fish with Béarnaise sauce, fingerling potatoes, turnips, onions, and pumpkin squash with a strawberry and pistachio creme dessert.

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When we got back to the school we tied on our aprons and got to work! We all had jobs to do — prepping the potatoes, chopping and baking the squash, filleting the fish, mixing the pistachio creme, everything!  I volunteered to stuff the potatoes with rosemary and bay leaves while Doug tried his hand at fish filleting.

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We sat down to enjoy some wine and eat a cheese and salad course while Emilie put some finishing touches on the meals. I’m not fond of cheese, but the group seemed to really love the selection that Emilie picked out. And lucky for her none of use seemed to want to eat the foie gras and she was so happy to take the rest home!

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Our finished dish looked and tasted amazing! We wrapped the fish in these little aluminum foil packets which helped keep them from drying out in the oven. The turnips were pretty good — and a new vegetable for me as I had never really tried it before!

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And the dessert…. amazing! I felt bad because I couldn’t really enjoy it since I was so full, but it really was quite amazing. Strawberries, a layer of fresh creme, another layer of pistachio cream, and then topped with pistachio brittle that we made earlier in class. Fantastique!

La Cuisine Paris
80 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville
75004 Paris

Petit Palais

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This trip to Paris I tried to visit a few different museums, including the Petit Palais. I snapped a few pics of my favorite pieces of art, including this painting, The Parisienne, by Charles-Alexandre Giron.  Doesn’t she just exude chicness?

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I just loved this sculpture. Its a little different since she is laying down when most sculptures are taller with the subjects standing up. But I really thought she was very relatable. Who doesn’t feel like throwing themselves down like this some days?

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I don’t remember who this lovely lady is, but because we were in Paris and she was carrying a a huge sack full of baguettes, I declared her the Goddess of Bread.

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I feel like this lady is the French cousin of Venus de Milo, who is currently residing across town in the Louvre Museum. The only thing I am curious about is why she is stepping on the face mask!

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This little guy — a little frog/bunny gremlin — was one of my favorites even though he kind of creeps me out. I definitely wouldn’t want to see this guy in my backyard!

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Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris