A winter wonderland in Paris: best Christmas Markets

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Here are some great ideas if you want to enjoy a winter wonderland in Paris: best Christmas Markets.

Paris is wonderful anytime, but the winter season makes it all so much more magical, as ever after Black Friday Paris dresses in its shiny coat of bright golden lights and garlands. There is a beautiful tradition born in Germany in the Middle Ages and quickly spread throughout the entire Europe: that of Christmas Fairs and Markets.

Paris can also brag with some of the most bright and happy such markets. They are meant to promote natural and traditional local products and make the season brighter and more happy. Handicrafts, warm food, sweets and hot wine are just some of the things you can procure here.

Paris events in November 2017

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Paris, Paris… How much do you miss the glamorous and paradigmatic capital city of France? If you were looking into the top reasons to come visit, here are some of the most anticipated Paris events in November 2017.

If Americans celebrate Halloween on the night between October 31st and November 1st, the Catholic French also celebrate “La Toussaint”, the local version of the Feast of all the Hallow. This is more than a religious celebration. The coolest part of the story is that it is a bank holiday, so people are free to do whatever they want on a free day. Families will have a chance to take their children somewhere nice, such as the Zoo or the market.

Tourists have the chance to visit the city – attention, some shops and venues like museums might be closed, so take care and go online for some research before!

You can always go for a Paris tour by car. This is a facility you can also book online. You also need to do this some time in advance, but availability should not be an issue.

Next: from November 9 to 13, you are invited to le Salon de la Photo, an event meant to gather people who have something in common: their love for photography. This is organized at the Parc des Expositions de la Porte des Versailles, Paris. For three days, professionals and amateurs are invited to gather there to see the new trends in photography, an art much beloved by France.

What is France most known for? Inventions and innovations are one important aspect, so the Salon Creations et Savoir-Faire scheduled between 15 and 19 novembre 2017 will bring you closer to the inventive spirit of the age and all the new technologies.

November is a good a time as any to travel to France. If you want to enjoy a car of your own, you can rent a car in Paris as well.

 

The taste of France: best French dishes: Part 3

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And here we are, dear friends, arriving at The taste of France: best French dishes: Part 3. One thing we forgot to mention about the French cuisine: it innovated the way we cook seafood. So today we are departing in search of some of the greatest food and seafood dishes, all French made.

Moules Marinees – or marinated mussels – are some of the most popular dishes in the Belgian cuisine, but they are probably much more widespread in France. Particularly in western France, virtually any restaurant will provide an option for mussels cooked in white wine, with shallots and broth and just a sprinkle of parsley.

Stuffed Squid a la Provencale is another French recipe. The squid pieces are stuffed with chard, bread and herbs to give the dish a flavorful taste. It can be grilled, baked or roasted and served at room temperature with a nice glass of wine.

Oeufs au saumon fume - baked eggs with smoked salmon – is another alternative you can explore when in France. Here is what you are in for: baked eggs with some tasty cream that are poached over a bedding of saumon fume. It is a very simple, very classy choice of Parisian breakfast.

How to get there? The quickest way to travel through the capital city of France – in case you are a bit familiar with it at least – is by car, so you can get a Paris car rental for a fair price. Another option is to book a Paris taxi, particularly if you are visiting the city for the first time.

Basque style fish will probably be the last dish on the list. It consists of marinated fish stewed with peppers and clams. Haddock and bass make for the best choices of white meat fish to be incorporated in this classical, local dish so emblematic of the taste of France.

 

 

The taste of France: best French dishes: Part 2

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The taste of France: best French dishes: Part 2 wants to suggest even more flavor and even more fun be added to your travels in the lovely country of love.

Last time we started reviewing some of the best French national recipes. Today we are aiming for something sweet for a change.

Crepes, the universally loved pancakes (European style), are also an invention on the list of things we need to give thanks to the French. They originate in Brittany and are a very thin, very sweet version of pancakes. They are made of white wheat, milk and eggs; the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Basically you mix all of the above in a semi-thin paste and fry them on both sides in a pan. “Et voila!” – your crepe is ready!

When I was a kid, my Mom used to cook me Marquise au Chocolat. It is a frozen (or at least cold) mushy chocolate mousse all covered in ganache. It is a royal pastry popular in France ever since the 17th century. You can almost see King Louis XVI lazily taking a spoonful of the candied consistency of this cake. Today, this mousse is much more accessible and you can enjoy the authentic version during your stay in France. Paris airport transfers can easily take you straight to your restaurant of choice one nice afternoon.

Meringues in Creme Anglaise make for a delightful dessert. Although the name might sound a bit contradictory – due to the “English cream” – this is a very French dish. Basically, you take some creamy, beautiful meringues, sprinkle them with almonds and syrup and set them afloat on a dish of soft vanilla cream. The result will make your mouth water.

Cheese Souffle is another wonderfully tasty dish. It is a soft and happy muffin cake with cheese made very popular by Audrey Hepburn in her lovely film, “Sabrina”.

 

 

The taste of France: best French dishes: Part 1

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Food is a great cultural constituent: it is more than sustenance, it can be art, especially if we are talking about refined cultures, such as the French ones, so today we get to enjoy the taste of France: best French dishes: Part 1.

I pondered a lot on what dish to start with, what flavor would best grasp that unique taste of the Hexagon, its stylish and great people, its culinary history. Food is an enjoyable activity and a good pretext to travel – in case you never stopped to think about this, there are culinary excursions and France is a lovely place to experience this.

Well, this being said, let us start:

Dish # 1 on our list is Cassoulet. This dish originates in Toulouse and is a rich and somewhat fat casserole made of white beans, pork sausages, duck and goose. These are boiled into a very tasty mixture. In “haute cuisine”, the ingredients are simmered with different aromatic vegetables and spices. Some say that this can ruin the original “peasant dish” quality of the Cassoulet – the name of which comes from the deep dish in which the mixture is served.

Chicken Basquaise – the name betraying its origin this time – is a tasty French chicken recipe that impacts with both its colorful looks and its spicy, peppery flavor. Its creator is Chef Sébastien Gravé and the stew requires chicken, some sausage, garlic, thyme, vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, paprika, etc). all sprinkled with a glass of white wine. The preparation technique is quite simple: first you cook the meats in a pot for about 8 minutes, then you add fine cut onions with oil and tomato juice and boil them all for another 5 minutes. You then add the boiled vegetables and let them stew after the last step of the procedure: adding the glass of white wine.

With Marseille car rental, you can cross Southen France and enjoy the best dishes there!

 

5 Paris museums you can’t miss – Part 2

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Welcome therefore to the 2nd and last installment of our top 5 Paris museums you can’t miss. So far, we have suggested:

  • The Louvre
  • The Orsay
  • The Rodin Museum

Here’s the thing with Paris museums, though: no matter how many you see, no matter how deeply you explore, you can never stop. And our very, very short 5 point list should be regarded as nothing more but the beginning of this amazing exploration.

4. The Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages is one of my all time favorite museums if you ask me about all the museums from all around the world which I have visited. It is exclusively dedicated to the middle ages, a not-so-dark time in the history of France. There are artifacts and objects that accurately describe the life and activities of people in the middle ages, there are beautifully colored stained glass pieces describing daily life images, armours belonging to brave knights, swords and all sorts of weapons not only from the French region, not only from Europe even, but from all over the world.

But perhaps the most outstanding pieces in the museum are the Flemish Tapestry Series “The Lady and the Unicorn” depicting the senses through one of the greatest medieval myths: the unicron.

5. And here we are, almost at the end of this cultural trip of ours. And the last museum I am going to recommend that you visit in Paris is the Pantheon. A former Roman Temple, it is a Catholic Church that honors the memory and serves as the final resting place for some of the most brilliant personalities France has given to humanity. Aside from the fact that it is a culturally relevant spot, it is also commendable for its wonderful panoramic view of the city. And I warmly advise you to opt for that feature and go see it all!

 

5 Paris museums you can’t miss – Part 1

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One of my favorite cities in this whole wide world is Paris. It might even sound like a cliche, but this is truly a place you can fall in love with. And once you’ve given your heart here, you’re not taking it back. So in  honor of this place I love, here are 5 Paris museums you can’t miss. This is a warm and sincere recommendation and we can get a preview together.

So I’ve visited most of the relevant Paris museums and to be honest, I have never come to regret visiting any of them. But there are a few that have really stayed with me throughout time. And I love browsing through the pictures I took there – the cool part of it is that you can always take pictures inside French museums without restrictions and for free. The only thing you need to mind: no flash allowed.

So here is my list of top museums to visit in Paris:

  1. The Louvre is a universal museum, one of the biggest and most prestigious museums in the world. It preserves a lot of the international patrimony of humanity and represents an amazing unforgettable travel through history and ages. The Louvre used to be the Parisian royal palace and French kings used to live here. Louis XIV, however, prefered the safety and seclusion of a country house and built the Versailles. The Louvre became a museum in 1793, during the French Revolution. You can visit the museum for free if you are 25 or under. Otherwise, the ticket is 17 EUR. Every cent will be worth it. You will see ancient relics, statues, paintings from all centuries from virtually all artists that have gone down in history. And you can even catch a glimpse of the most famous painting in the world: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the central piece of a marvellous gallery dedicated to the Italian genius artist.

2. The Orsay Museum is the greatest gallery in Paris. It is located in a lovely venue, an old railway station transformed into a museum only in the 20th century. Most of the structure of the building was preserved and the place looks majestic from the outside as well as the inside. You can admire not only paintings, but also statues and all other forms of art, particularly from the 17th to 19th century.

Delacroix, Monet, Manet are present here with paintings you’ve surely seen in manuals. And you can also see what is my personal favorite collection: Vincent van Gogh. some of the greatest, most famous paintings signed by the Dutch artist are preserved at the Orsay.

3. If you like sculpture, you can pay tribute to the one who is probably the greatest sculptor in France, Auguste Rodin, at the Rodin Museum. It was opened in 1919 in honor of one of France’s most beloved sons. It is an outstanding place for a rendez-vous with a true genius, one who marks the limit between the classical take on sculpture and a modern, yet purely authentic and personal trend. The Thinker and statues of Balzac are just a few of the pieces you can admire at this museum.

And if you want to make the most of your Parisian experience, a great idea would be to get a Paris airport transfer.

What’s on in Paris this April 2017

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The city of endless love and liberty is always a place to go in search of excitement and action. What’s on in Paris this April 2017? Let’s take a moment to find out together!

First and foremost, Easter is coming to the old city with an array of bright sunrays and energy. It is a spiritual time to reflect, but also a time to rejoice and to remember to bring a gift for your loved ones.

The most important Paris events in March 2017

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When you think of nature in bloom and green plains and love reborn… and you couple this preliminary image with the idea of traveling someplace beautiful, preferably in a large European city, the formula gives one unfailing result: the city of love and lights, the capital city of the Hexagon. So if you are planning an impromptu trip there, here are the most important Paris events in March 2017 to look forward to:

Christmas and other December 2016 events in Paris

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Dear friends (or should we say, chers amis), it has been a long time since we last met here, but alas, the time has come to talk about Christmas and other December 2016 events in Paris, now that winter is almost here and the romantic and melancholy city of lovers prepares to welcome snow and tourists on its Champs Elysees.