Soon after Dan returned from trekking through the Borneo rainforest, I was off on my own little adventure. We had a 3 day public holiday at the beginning of December and I had exactly two days annual leave to use up to make it a full week off of work. Unfortunately, Dan couldn’t join me on our original planned weekend in Hong Kong so I changed course and decided I would visit my friend Jen in London. After speaking with her, I found out she would be doing a lot of traveling for work during the week so I thought why not join her?
First Stop – Paris
At first, Jen and I were hesitant to spend the weekend in Paris after the recent attacks. However, we decided that we should not change our plans out of fear – otherwise they win. So, I flew to Paris on the morning of Friday, November 27 and met Jen at our little apartment in the 17th arrondissement. That evening we met up with an ex-colleague of mine and we joined her and her friend at the Wine By One bar for dinner and wine tasting.
The next morning we grabbed a chocolate croissant, strolled through Monceau Park and a local market before making our way towards the Arc de Triomphe. We had a light lunch of soup a l’oignon and a glass of chilled beaujolais overlooking the Arc. After lunch we strolled down the Champs-Élysées and walked by the Christmas market before we met up with our friends to take part in the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants (ie local wine expo). We tasted many French wines from various regions, enjoyed oysters from Arcachon, bought some foie gras and too many bottles of wine. Needless to say, we needed to take a taxi home with our loot.
The next morning, Jen had booked us on a food tour in the Left Bank district. Our tour was as follows: Eric Kayser’s Boulangerie, Laurent Dubois’s Fromagerie, Patrick Roger Chocolate, olive oil tasting, best macaroon ever at Un Dimanche a Paris, delicious cream puff and lastly the wine shop where we enjoyed some of our previous purchases from the bread and cheese stores. We didn’t have much time afterwards, so we crossed the love lock bridge over the Seine River, past the Louvre, before making our way up to the apartment to grab our bags and head for the Eurostar to London. A fabulous weekend in Paris!