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So happy in Paris!

I’m just back from a girlie break away in Paris.  The last time I visited Paris was in 1999.  I was 19.  It’s been 13 years!!! I’m getting older.  Anyway, having returned, I am sure it won’t be another 13 years before I go back.

I flew out with Mary and Eileen on the 6.50am flight from Dublin and we were settled in a neighbourhood brasserie with a beer at 11.30am local time.  And there, the fun commenced.  We used airbnb.com to find this apartment, in the Bastille area, close to the Marais.  We met our host and were shown around the lovely apartment with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance and the back of Notre Dame a few blocks away.  Our host, Ivonne, told us that the boulangerie across the road (where I had commented on the queue of people buying baguette) was in fact the 3rd best boulangerie in Paris!  Although, I haven’t been able to find any info on this online, so maybe it’s anecdotal.  Either way, we were impressed by baguettes which were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside; mini-quiches – lorraine & salmon with spinach; brioche suisse – perfect with good quality chocolate, pain au chocolat; almond croissants…  We sampled quite a few of the delights!

All in all, we were in Paris for 3 days.  We ate, we drank, we saw.  I’m aiming to blog some of the highlights which include: dinner at Chez Paul; the Musee des Arts Forains; cycling through the streets using the Velib bike service – similar to our Dublin Bikes scheme; snapping photos of street art; charcuterie at Le Clown Bar and fromage in Montmartre – washed down with gallons of vin rouge or rose.

More to come…

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