Parisian keepsakes

I’ve been missing Paris a lot lately. Talking with friends from the program, I think we all are. At some level it feels like a distant dream that is impossible to reach or recover. On the other hand, it feels tantalizingly close, like we can blink and be back among the boulevards and boulangéries.

So, although it’s no anniversary or anything special, I thought I’d share a list of some of my favorite finds in Paris. I never did much shopping, but here are some of the things I decided were too special to give up entirely: Continue reading

Marriage frères

IMG_3646One of my intrepid friends convinced me that we needed a break from our work (or lack thereof) and that we should take it by visiting Mariage Frères one of the oldest tea salons in Paris. It was founded in 1854 by brothers Henri and Édouard Mariage (hence the name) and is one of the most celebrated tea salons in the city. There are currently 4 different salons in the city (the original being in the Marais). While other tea salons (like Angelina) are known for their wide assortment of teas, pastries, and beverages, Mariage Frères’ claim to fame is TEA. As in, you should be prepared for an overwhelming choice of teas and have some general idea of what you want before you go. I have never seen such an impressive menu as I did there. It’s is organized by regions, times of day, type, etc. Continue reading

Pâtisserie Pilgrimage – bread & roses

IMG_3273This is another unofficial pâtisserie pilgrimage as it was not on my original “visit” list and I did not intend to order a pastry when I sat down. That said, when a friend and I were looking to get a cup of coffee/tea, we quickly headed over to this cute café. It’s just ’round the corner from the Alliance Française and the Sweet Briar office, so it was a convenient place to go after we had finished morning classes and meetings with professors. Continue reading