Merde il pleut

Today’s Epiphany: Unlike many other offerings in the city, the rain in Paris isn’t obscenely fashionable or especially delectable. In fact, it can be rather unpleasant when you’re lugging a 46 pound suitcase through the streets and up staircases, sandal-clad feet (rookie mistake) having lost feeling long ago due to the rather chilly rainfall and wind. But hey, guess what? Je suis en Paris! So even though the weather forecast doesn’t look too outstanding

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Before I delve into the details of today’s adventure, though, I thought it might be nice to provide a little bit more background about my pastry proposal and the name of my blog. I proposed a trip through Paris, across Italy, and ending in Greece, with me taking baking classes in each location and eating 3 pastries every day. How am I doing? Or maybe, you want to ask, is it even possible? Can a human being consume so many pastries in such a condensed time period?

Well, in terms of my itinerary, I’m staying pretty true to my proposal. I’m spending 7 nights in Paris, 11 in Italy, and 6 in Greece. As for the pastry portion, well…I suppose I fell a little short today, because I only visited one boulangerie-pâtisserie (bread and pastry shop) for a pastry. BUT, hear me out! I had a croissant for breakfast, bread with nutella for a snack, and dark chocolate on biscuits (translation: cookies) for a second snack. All that sugar must count for something.

Either way, onto the details of today! After slogging through the rain to find our lodging, my friend Kat (who’s touring Paris with me for a week!) and I spent the afternoon visiting Montmartre, just north of the center of Paris. We visited the Sacré Cœur Basilica and took in a panoramic view of Paris. The Basilica and the view of the city were gorgeous.

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The part I was most excited about, however (sorry, Sacré Cœur), was seeking out the famous Boulangerie featured in a painting by Maurice Utrillo. We found it (with help from the Rick Steves travel book) at the intersection of rue Norvins and rue des Saules.

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Inside, I chose the tartlettes aux pommes, a version of a small apple pie with an unbelievably flaky crust. It was delicoius. Delectable. Nommy. And if every pastry in Paris is this good, I might have to change the name of this blog…does 6 Pastries a Day have the same ring to it?

Displayed here in all its glory:

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Mmm…the sweet apple slices, that incredible crust!

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It was an excellent beginning to what is sure to be the pastry tour of a lifetime (at least, the evidence will probably stay on my hips forever).

Well, jet lag is starting to take its toll, so it’s bedtime for me. Tomorrow, a trip to the Louvre and hopefully a Gosselin Philippe bakery!

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8 thoughts on “Merde il pleut

  1. Wow! This is pretty amazing. I am thinking about heading to Greece and Italy in a month – and would love to know where you end up taking classes! I’m Rice, Class of 2008! Congrats on getting this scholarship – what a wonderful idea!

    • Thank you so much! It’s awesome to be in touch with another Rice grad (and crazy that I can actually call myself that too). I’ll definitely be posting about my experiences in Italy and Greece, so check the blog for updates. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them. Hopefully I can give you some good recommendations (if you’d like)!

  2. This is awesome, Tiffany! Glad to hear that your time in Paris is going well so far–I can’t wait to hear more about your pastry-filled adventures!

    • Aww thanks, Naomi! It sounds like you’re having amazing adventures in Thaliand too! Let me know how the elephant sanctuary goes =)

  3. That sounds like my kind of travel! I’m Hanszen ’04 and my husband and I are leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks in France. I will be checking back to see more of your recommendations for pastry shops that we should check out.

    • Ooh that sounds like an awesome vacation as well! At this point, I’m pretty sure I will recommend every pastry shop I try. =) I’ll definitely keep posting and hopefully you’ll find a recommendation you like! Have fun in France!

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