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9 03, 2013

Fromage Fort

By | 2018-03-29T16:58:57+00:00 March 9th, 2013|Food and Drink, Nancys Food, Paris|

I revisited one of my favorite food items today...fromage fort. I have concocted this in the past, but have let it sort of fall by the wayside in recent years. I was walking through the local market this afternoon looking for some lunch when I stumbled upon a vendor with a huge vat of this amazing stuff. I didn't get a picture of it...as usual I was so excited about the food I forgot to document it. But I bought a (relatively) small amount to bring home and enjoy with some baguette. Being the cheese freak that I am, this is just heaven on a baguette. Every fromage fort is different. This one [...]

2 03, 2013

Paris Puces

By | 2018-03-29T16:55:29+00:00 March 2nd, 2013|Markets, Paris, Shopping|

 Paris' Marchés aux Puces are fairly well known. They're somewhat of an institution and can be an entertaining way to spend an hour (or more) off the beaten tourist path. The largest, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, is located at the very northernmost part of the city. But it can be a bit overwhelming, so my favorite to visit is the Puces de Vanves. It's a great size, lots to see, doesn't take up your entire day and has a nice, neighborhood feel to it. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and make the trek. It was a cold, damp Sunday when I headed to Porte de Vanves. The rain didn't seem to dampen the spirited exchange of [...]

22 02, 2013

Paris Par Cuisine – Part 1

By | 2013-02-22T15:19:19+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|Food and Drink, Nancys Food, Paris|

A big part of my visit to Paris is about the food. I'm sort of a foodie freak anyway, and a lot of the traditional French foods are tops on my list. In no particular order here are some of them: Un croissant. Flaky, buttery, slightly crispy on the outside, melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. Is there anything more French than a croissant?  Soupe à l'oignon gratinée. Warm, savory and topped with croutons and melted cheese. If they try to serve it to you any other way, be disappointed. Goes perfectly with une verre de vin rouge. Un crepe avec jambon et fromage. Ham and and melted cheese folded inside a thin pancake. The perfect takeaway lunch. [...]

18 02, 2013

La Tour Eiffel

By | 2013-02-18T16:26:43+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Paris|

I might be a bit obsessed with the Eiffel Tower here in Paris. Every time I catch a glimpse of it across the river or around a corner I can't help feeling a little thrill. To me, the structure is what I think of when I think of Paris. I can't even believe how lucky I am that I get to see this amazing sight every day while I'm here...enjoy these images!  Up close and personal Seems to grow right out of the ground A little artistic license Truly, around every corner Sunset colors in the background The grand finale

10 02, 2013

First Impressions of Paris

By | 2018-03-29T16:25:58+00:00 February 10th, 2013|Paris|

After months - well, to be honest, years - of thinking and planning, I'm living my dream. I'm hanging out in Paris for a total of 2 months. Living like a local, renting an apartment, eating pain au chocolat and stinky cheese (not at the same time) and loving it.  I spent the first few days just walking aimlessly around the city, re-acquainting myself with the orientation of everything. And I mean walk! The day after I arrived I logged almost 15 miles on foot and have been averaging 9 a day since. I haven't yet set foot on a Metro, despite the cold temps. All of these photos were taken on the first evening I [...]

11 01, 2013

Paris Travels

By | 2013-01-11T20:17:47+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Food and Drink, Markets, Paris|

I've been thinking and talking about it for as long as I can remember..'I want to go to Paris for an extended stay and pretend I live there'. Well, it's going to happen. I leave my home on February 4, and from February 5 through April 2 I'll call Paris home. I've got lists galore about what to bring, what not to bring, arrangements I need to take care of before I leave, cat instructions for my husband. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I've been to Paris many times before, but this time will be different. Aside from a handful of family and friends who have already committed to visiting I'll be on [...]

27 08, 2012

Images of Newburyport

By | 2012-08-27T09:25:45+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Markets, Newburyport|

I'm really fortunate to live in a pretty little seaside city on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Newburyport is a place that people talk about taking a day trip to, yet I get to 'day trip' here every day. During any season Newburyport has views worth boasting about, but here are some of my favorites for late summer. There is boardwalk access right across the street from my house. The boardwalk runs along the river all the way into downtown, and this is the scenery along the way. Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury is just a short drive - or scooter ride - away. Once I get there I'm treated to the sight of their amazing [...]