Paris… part 2… (or); when you travel, keep your eyes open… and your nose… and your mouth…

a 1

When you travel, you can learn a lot about where you are by the food they eat. And you aren’t really experiencing a culture unless you eat their food. This is particularly true in France.

a 2

Mmmmmmm… the stinky cheese! The thing… and this is one hell of an awesome thing… about France is that they not only make great food, they know how to live with food… no, wait, that sounds wrong. They know how to incorporate food into their daily lives. That’s much better. See, in any town of any size in any part of France, each neighborhood has its own bakery, cheese shop, butcher shop, vegetable market, and specialty food shop. And people stop each day and buy their food fresh. Yeah, you heard me. They eat bread that was just baked and cheese that was just made and meat that was just cut, and vegetables that were just pulled out of the ground. They have a relationship not only with the shop owners, but with the food and where it comes from as well.

a 3If you ever do go to France, you need to stop at some of these little shops and let your eyes… and your nose… and your mouth… and your stomach… live a little…

a 4Trust me on this.

a 5I mean, seriously, if there is a better smell in the world than a bakery full of fresh bread or a shop full of stinky cheese, I don’t know what it could… oh… wait…

a 6Did I forget about the French pastries???

a 7True, most of the bakeries also make pastries, but the places that just make the pastries will blow your freakin’ mind!

a 8The only thing better than going into a pastry shop in Paris is going back to your hotel with a few boxes full of their pastries after a hard day of sightseeing.

a 9

I don’t know why this is the only picture of a box of pastries I could find… because I know we got more than one box…

a 10

Oh, and my wife found these little sealed cups of French wine on the train. This is an awesome idea… if you like wine… which I don’t… but there does seem to be something decidedly un-French about this idea.

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42 Responses to Paris… part 2… (or); when you travel, keep your eyes open… and your nose… and your mouth…

  1. joehoover says:

    Smellovision can’t come soon enough

  2. Paul says:

    Amazing pictures Art. It really feels like I’m there with my mouth watering over the goodies. And I love bread and cheese and wine. I think I may have been born in the wrong country. Ha!

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    You are such a little tart!

    I love that wine idea… I love love red wine. Gimme more….

  4. DitchTheBun says:

    Okay, seriously… I just put on 10kgs reading this post. Your blog is becoming hazardous to my health hahaha.

  5. List of X says:

    But they eat moldy cheese, too, and that’s definitely not fresh.

  6. Joseph Nebus says:

    I really, really liked all the breakfasts we had that were basically bread, butter, and cheese. And more of that.

  7. Now I am going back to my temporary duty days in Provençe. Le sigh.

  8. Elyse says:

    the French Market is something I will always miss. In the town I lived in, there were two, one on Thursdays that mostly locals frequented, and one on Sunday that closed blocks of the main street, and filled it with stalls and people. You had to ask them to remove the head and feet of a chicken when you bought it — or you had to do it yourself. There were paella stands, and places with fresh roasted pork. And pastries. And cheeses. And fresh foie gras (which I don’t like but my husband does). Seafood, some of which was alive Amazing food. When you bought fruit, they would ask you if you wanted to eat it today or tomorrow. It was always perfectly ripe.

    I found a picture of the market in the town where I lived. Turn left at the church steeple, walk up the hill to my house.,_Divonne.JPG

    Oh how I miss it. Thanks for taking me back, Art!

  9. Bridgette's Digits 🔛 An Epic Weight Loss Journey says:

    I would literally walk into this shop and die of happiness! 😁

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