Paris is always a good idea 🙂 I fell in love with it the first time I came here with my Dad when I was in college and every few years I return. Like millions before me Paris beckons my soul to return year after year.
Is it the architecture, the museums, the people watching, or the cafes? Or the FOOD?!?!? It is all the above and then some. I can have the best day in Paris doing absolutely nothing.
I admit I was rather nervous about eating in Paris sans gluten. I looked up how to say I am allergic to wheat: “Je sais allergique au ble”. But I did not once have to say that because I easily found meals that were gluten free friendly.
These markets were overwhelming in their bounty. And they had APRICOT YOGURT!!!!!! The last time I had Apricot yogurt was in Luxembourg 11 years ago. It knocked my socks off then and I have been obsessing about it ever since. It was every bit as delicious as I remembered. Wish we had it here!
What I learned is that without ever needing to inform the waitstaff of my allergy eating GF in France was easier than it is in the USA. Why? I think the food is inherently gluten free as long as you avoid the customary baguette that accompanies each meal. At lunchtime I often got an omelette because sandwiches or salads were the main fare. It was great and I did not feel deprived and relegated to the salad menu like I often feel in the USA. Oh and the chicken you see above? I don’t even know what they put in that sauce to make me melt. It was superb and I MUST recreate it soon!
*Note there are a few GF restaurants in Paris and I REALLY wanted to go to them but they were never open when we needed a meal. I recommend using Yelp to find the restaurants if you plan ahead since some of their hours are limited.
We spent 4 nights in Paris and the first two were at a boutique hotel in the Bastille neighborhood. We made the reservation through Jetsetter (we got a GREAT deal when we bought these in February). and I highly recommend this hotel if unique is up your alley. I fell in love with this hotel.
The staff was incredibly friendly and eager to assist in any way they could. The decor was funky and hip and the hotel was conveniently located steps from the Metro.
I love this photo. This little girl was taunting the ducks by the Seine for at least 20 minutes. She was having the time of her life 🙂
Next post days 3-4 in Paris and a change of neighborhood!