The Boastful Baker

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Paris, je t’aime.


Paris, je t'aime.

Paris in the spring.

I’ve only been back from our vacation in Paris for a couple of days, so I haven’t yet found the opportunity to edit more than a couple of the hundreds and hundreds of photos I took in the week that we were there. I hope to find a little time each night for the next week to edit and post them. And when I do, several blog posts will follow. There will be lots of talk about croissants and macarons and other French food (I took notes for literally every meal we ate on my iPhone) as well as lots of pictures of Paris itself.

Until then, here’s a quick summary of a few things I don’t wish to forget.

Days we were in Paris: 7

Our bedtime on the day we arrived: 5:30 PM, Paris time

Orders of steak frites consumed: 1

People in The Louvre when we were there: 1,000,000 (or so it seemed)

Favorite part of the city that we visited: Montmartre, excluding the streets with all of the tacky souvenir shops

Slices of French bread consumed between my husband and I: 50+

Steps climbed to reach the top of the Sacre Coeur: 300 (and that doesn’t include the steps just to get to the Sacre Coeur)

Cheese courses I attempted to discreetly skip because I have no taste in cheese: 2

Number of times the waiter called me out for skipping the cheese course: 1

My husband’s breakfast each morning: pain au chocolat

Creperies visited: 1

Visits to Pierre Hermé for pastries or macarons: 5

Metro rides we took: at least 50

Time we waited to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower: 30 minutes (we went late at night)

People who exited the Eiffel Tower after us: 0 (other than the staff)

New to me foods: cannelle, clafoutis, cream of cauliflower soup, braised fennel, duck rillettes and skate

Croissants or croissant-type items consumed between the two of us: approximately 14

Coffee of choice in France: café crème, even though I don’t usually drink hot beverage

Days we went to the Champ de Mars to stare at the Eiffel Tower: 4

Famous bakeries located adjacent to stops on the Metro line from our hotel: Poilâne and Pierre Hermé

Number of times I caved and went to Starbucks for a beverage: 1 (and we only went because there was a bathroom nearby)

Number of times we ate escargot: 1

Orla Kiely scarves purchased for myself at Uniqlo: 2

Metro station with the most steps to climb to reach ground level: Abesses in Montmartre

Number of times I accidentally poured water into my wine glass instead of waiting for the server to do it: 1

Macarons consumed between my husband and I: 15

Buildings/structures we went to the top of during the trip: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur (we skipped Notre Dame as the line was intensely long)

Jambon sandwiches consumed between my husband and I: 3

Stores I wanted to go to that were open in Paris on a Sunday: 1

I have much more to tell, but that will have to wait until I have more pictures ready!




  1. Love, love, love the post. Glad to hear you all enjoyed Paris and sounds like you had a great trip! Haha….Abesses metro…I remember that one and the stairs!! And then they expect you to climb the stairs to Montmarte after that!

    • I think those stairs were practice for the stairs to the Sacre Coeur. Of course, we were foolish enough to go back to Montmartre another day and climb the Abesses steps again!

  2. I’m glad you had a good trip! I can’t wait to see more pictures :)

  3. Where did you get your steak frites? My friends went last year and raved about Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. Do you find your Mathews High French education serves you fairly well? I do, and it always surprises me.

    • My steak frites were just from an average cafe really close to a metro stop – probably nothing special, but still pretty delicious! And yes, my high school French still came in handy for reading purposes. For speaking purposes, not so much. It’s been too long!

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