What a beautiful city. I just came back from a long weekend there, and I’m already planning my next trip. Lucky for me, it’s only a train ride away.
There is something magical about Paris. I can’t say what I love the most about the city. Is it the architecture? Perhaps it’s the beautiful sweeping vistas along the boulevards? I do love visiting the stores where the merchants elevate the display of their wares to an art form unrivalled by nearly anything in the Louvre. And whether I see the Eiffel Tower looming over the Champs de Mars or poking out from behind a building, I am still amazed by both its gracefulness and its strength.
There are few places in the world where food and wine are so celebrated. Even the simple, typical breakfast here – a baguette with jam and creamy, unsalted French butter – presents itself as a luxury when the ingredients are of such a high calibre. The butterfat content of the French butter is higher than many other places, and this makes it extra smooth and creamy. So a little goes a long way. And with a great cup of coffee, it’s a perfect way to start the day.
My favourite area of the city for café sitting is Montparnasse. While many parts of the city have grand, wide boulevards, Montparnasse has little crooked streets. When you sit here, there is always something to see – people and bikes going by – and yet it has a certain peacefulness that you don’t find in other areas like the Champs Elysees. Whether you’re enjoying a good conversation, reading a book or just watching the endless parade of people, you feel as though you are someplace special.
I’m back home, and longing for flaky, buttery croissant or one of the exquisite almond macaroons. At least I can still enjoy a great cup of coffee, as I’ve just made myself a coffee press of our French Roast. I’m going to close my eyes, take a whiff and travel (at least in my own mind) to a wonderful little café in Paris.