Three Countries in a Flash

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.

Jen hanging in Parc Monceau

Jen hanging in Parc Monceau

The famous Arc de Triomphe

The famous Arc de Triomphe

Wine Festival - Paris Style

Wine Festival – Paris Style

Those Archachon Oysters!

Those Arcachon Oysters!

The Girls at the Wine Expo

The Girls at the Wine Expo

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!

Laurent Dubois Cheese

Laurent Dubois cheese

The Macaroon

The Macaroon

Bec and Jen's Food Tour

Bec and Jen’s Food Tour

The Love Lock Bridge

The Love Lock Bridge

Jen outside The Louvre

Jen outside The Louvre

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About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog (though a few months late) is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to.
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3 Responses to Three Countries in a Flash

  1. hitthesauce says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t cut off all the love locks Bec!

  2. Uncle Dale says:

    Geez Rebecca. Couldn’t you do one thing on those fabulous trips that I wouldn’t like? Paris and London, wine, and great food too; priceless.

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