The 5 Best Things I Ate in Paris {Part 2}

5 Best Things I Ate in Paris |

Paris is a culinary delight with so many different types of cuisine available to choose from. While I spent my first month sampling more ethnic dishes available like fallafel and custard tartlets from Portugal,  I spent my second month sampling Parisian specialties like crepes and eclairs.  And again, my taste buds were not disappointed!

Although I had a difficult time narrowing it down, these are the 5 best things I ate in Paris during the month of July.

P.S. – If you missed my first round of best eats in Paris, you can find it here.

1. Crepes and cider ~ Breizh Café


There are hardly words to describe how good this dessert crepe is.  A fresh cooked crepe with caramelized bananas, drizzled with warm caramel sauce and topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  Have mercy!  It was a little slice of heaven on a plate, and I devoured it immediately.  I also discovered a new favorite thing while in Paris … cider from Normandy (cidre di Normandie).  It’s a light, crisp and refreshing apple cider from France’s Normandy region.  It’s served chilled, and is a perfect accompaniment to crepes and galettes (savory crepes).  Most places serve cider in a wine glass, but Breizh serves it in a bowl.

Tip: Breizh is quite popular, so be sure to make reservations before you go. It took me 3 attempts to get in, but it was worth the wait.

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Dancing Along the Seine in Paris

Dancing Along the Seine in Paris |

Well, it happened. I fell in love.

I fell in love with Paris.

Shhh, don’t tell Italy.

Sure Paris is the City of Love and Lights. It has the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Musuem, wonderful gardens to relax in, baguettes and culinary delights around every corner, along with many, many other things to seduce you. Those have all been fun and great to flirt with, but dancing along the Seine won me over at first sight.

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Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France in Paris |

I was fortunate to be in Paris for the finale of Le Tour de France.  For those of you not familiar with the Tour de France, it is a bicycle race that has been held annually since 1903, and primarily takes place in France.  The race goes on for three weeks and finishes in Paris.

I got to watch and take part in the finale festivities, and really had a blast.  The afternoon began with a sponsor parade.  Different sponsors of the race decorated cars and floats and had a fun time promoting their products to the crowd as they rode along.  A short while after the sponsor parade, it was time for the racers to pass through on their way to the Champs-Élysées, the famous avenue in Paris, where they crossed the finish line.  After the first stage of cyclists passed through, France’s aviation team put on a show with a colorful flyover.

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Cat Cafe in Paris

PURRfect afternoon at the cat cafe in Paris |

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you know I’m a cat Mom. My little guy is a huge part of my life. I have a weakness for animals … I just love them! When I heard Paris had a cat cafe, it immediately made my list of top things to do.

The cafe is home to 12 cats. All of them were rescue adoptions. The cafe and the staff provide a safe environment for the furry felines, along with fresh food and water and lots of attention.

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Celebrating Bastille Day in Paris with a Parade

Bastille Day in Paris | |

Bastille Day is a national holiday celebrated in France every year on July 14th.

In France the celebration is commonly known as Fête de la Fédération.  The first Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790, and was a celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille (a prison fortress the people of Paris stormed to gain ammunition and gunpowder to defend themselves against the royal army) and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution.

The Bastille Day Military Parade has been held on July 14th each year in Paris since 1880. The parade passes down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde.

It’s really something to see, and I’m happy I was lucky enough to enjoy the celebrations of Bastille Day in Paris.

Check out a short video and photos of the parade below.

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