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Sweet pleasures in Hôtel Costes courtyard

Hôtel Costes
Hôtel Costes beautiful and charming courtyard is one of my favourite places in Paris and I love coming here every now and then. Not long ago I went there with my friend to spoil ourselves with tea and hot chocolate accompagnied with Hôtel Costes heavenly delicious desserts. That pavlova and that trifle aux fruit rouges, no need for further explications. Have a look on my photos below…dream away…or go there and try them yourselves. But I’m warning you, they are dangerously addictive ;-)

Do you have any special place in Paris where they serve delicious desserts you want to share?

Hôtel Costes in Paris – 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
Hôtel Costes
Hôtel CostesHot chocolate at Hôtel Costes
Hôtel Costes Trifle
Hôtel Costes Who can resist?
Hôtel CostesTry the trifle when you go to Hôtel Costes!

Hôtel Costes Having a pavlova at Hôtel Costes

Mamie Gâteaux

Mamie GâteauxMamie Gâteaux, a hidden gem located on Rue du Cherche Midi in the 6th arrondissement.

I’m still exploring my new nighbourhood (yes, I moved almost 2 months ago ! 3rd time in one year since I arrived last year..more about my new home in a separate blog post!) and Mami Gâteaux was one of the first ones I wanted to try as my friend Carol had posted photos from her visit to this tea salon on her blog. Their lemon meringue pie got all my attention, the generously fluffy meringue covering the lemon pie was almost speaking to me….

One day by lunchtime I went there, I wanted to have one of their tartes salées, but they were sold out on almost everything so what was left was their veggie soup that I had with a plate with mixed salad. Having a hot soup on a summer day was maybe not optimal…but I quickly finished my lunch as the main purpose was to try their lemon meringue pie! Luckily there were two pieces left when I ordered my dessert. It tasted just as it looked like, heavenly !

I will definately return to this cozy Salon de Thé with its vintage interior and old charming school desks as tables. Have you ever been here? Any favourites on their menu?

Mamie Gâteaux - 66 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris

Mamie GâteauxThe homemade cakes looks delicious!!!
Mamie GâteauxHaving lunch at Mamie Gâteaux
Mamie GâteauxLemon meringue pie
Mamie Gâteaux Lemon meringue pie at Mamie Gâteaux and my hand to the right…and for those who wonders, nailpolish from Chanel, colour : Pirate
Mamie GâteauxMamie Gâteaux one of the gems of Rue du Cherche-Midi

Apartments in Paris

hausmannien-1It’s quite amusing reading the ads of apartments and studios in Paris. Let me guide you through some terms you would definately stumble upon while looking for your dreamhome in Paris.

sans ascenseur – (no elevator) those stairs will keep you fit, read free workout for legs and butt ! BUT count with one month of backpain after moving in/moving out.

refait à neuf – means renovated, but be careful. Many landlords abuse this term, painting away defects, moisture damages is NOT what I would call renovation……watch out!!

meublée – (furnished) lit canapé (sofa bed) replaces a real bed (at least in 99% of the cases), Canapé lit is a nightmare for the back..and is only to be considered to sleep on for a short time of period, as a couple of days and not years. I also find it funny how some landlords put cheap folding chairs instead of real chairs etc.

cuisine équippée – (equipped kitchen) still doesn’t means you will have an oven. In 99% of the cases means you will be left with a microwave…which I have not used for at least a century at home…

Quartier vivante / animé -  (lively area) warning for lots of noise.

lumineux – at least for me, it’s important having a bright apartment. Download a compass app in your phone and use it when you visit the apartment. The sun rises in east and sets in west/south depending on period of the year. Try to avoid studios/apartments that only have windows facing north.

ravalement – last but not least – ask when they last did cleaning of the facade. It’s obligatory every 10th year in Paris. Believe me, you do not want to live in an apartment while they are cleaning your facade. It’s a TRUE nightmare. I will write more about this in another blogpost.

To be continued!

Dinner at Café Varenne in Paris

Café Varenne
Café Varenne, my favourite bistro in Paris, a true gem, far away from the hustle and bustle yet very centrally located in Paris most beautiful area, the 7th arrondissement. When I last year moved to Rue de Varenne in Paris, this bistro in the corner quick became THE place where I often had dinners in the evenings and lunch on the weekends. As I’ve mentioned before, I love their food, made with fresh ingredients, always fait maison, their desserts that are always homemade and ofcourse the most important, their adorable staff!

Last Monday me and my friend Anne went there for dinner. I was quite surprised all the tables were empty as this is never the case at Café Varenne in the evening (alway crowded and reserved tables) BUT France was playing in the WorldCup, so no wonder ;-)

The plate I had the first time eating at Café Varenne last year was the salmon tartar (bio) so guess how happy I got when I saw they’ve put it back into the menu again :-) Scottish salmon tartar on a bed with haricots vertes, chopped tomatoes topped with parsley and slices of lemon. So simple, fresh and yet so delicous! And very healthy ;-)

The dessert is always the highlight of the dinner, and when you are two the bonus is you can enjoy two different desserts! Anne went for the Tropezienne from Gérard Mulot while I ordered the Charlotte fait maison (homemade) that we split and shared. Double joy at its best! I love Tropezienne and I must admit I’ve often been dissapointed when I’ve tried different pastry shops versions. This one, delivered from Gérard Mulot‘s pâtisserie in St Germain was heavenly! The most delicious Tropezienne I’ve ever had. Lèger (light) pastry cream as filling in a soft brioche sprinkled with pearl sugar…. The Charlotte was exquisite..ladyfingers around a lemon and red berry mousse topped with fresh strawberries and redcurrants….

Café Varenne – 36 Rue De Varenne 75007 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Café VarenneScottish salmon tartar on a bed with haricots vertes, chopped tomatoes, topped with parsley
Café VarenneHaving dinner at Café Varenne
Café VarenneExquisite Charlotte
Café VarenneTropezienne from Gérard Mulot
Café VarenneCharlotte fait maison at Café de Varenne

Picnic in Versailles

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesLast Sunday me and my friend went for a picnic in the Gardens of Versailles. The weather was wonderful, clearblue sky and lots of sun, could not have chosen a better day to escape the stress and all the tourists in Paris for a whole day .

Luckily the trip to Versailles does not take more than 20 minutes from Paris (depending on from where you take the train) and on weekend the journey is free for those who got a Navigo Pass ;-)
The day before I had been at the organic market (where I get ruined every weekend) and bought delicious French and Italian cheese, salt biscuits, veggies fruits etc We sat next to the Grand Canal were we enjoyed the delicacies and finished with a tartelette aux fraises.  Afterwards we were ready for a pleasant boat ride on the Grand Canal and ended up having loads of fun for 1 1/2 hours rowing around while exploring the beautiful canal (that was built by Louis XIV and is the biggest artificial lake that has been created just for the pleasure of one person). As you can see on my photo above the view over the Château de Versaille is just spectacular from the Grand Canal ;-)

Rowing is so relaxing (even though its hardwork for your upper body) and amusing, we had quite a lot of fun…and I guess people around the river were amused by watching us, especially when my friends hat blew off into the water and we had to catch it. A well-deserved Italian gelato after the boat tour gave us some extra energy to walk all the way to the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, a village consisting of 12 rustic and very charming houses with thatched roofs. It was my first time visiting this area and I totally fell in love. Unfortunately my camera went out of batteries so these are the only photos I’ve got..hopefully I will be going there soon again and bring you on a tour! Until then, a few photos on me, totally infatuated by the village and the houses I would be ready to move into….

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesMe on our rowing boat, having a break while improving my tan

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesPicnic by the Grand Canal in Versailles
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesRowing – the best way of having an upper body exercise while improving the tan. For those of you who wonders, my nailpolish is from Chanel, name of colour: Pirate ;-)
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesThe Grand Canal in Versailles
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesWell deserved Italian gelato!
domaine-marie-antoinette-4Wandering around in the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
domaine-de-marie-antoinette-3Queens Hamlet , Marie-Antoinettes was a lucky Queen! My dream home….
domaine-marie-antoinette-1When can I move in?
domaine-de-marie-antoinette-1Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
domaine-marie-antoinetteInhaling the wonderful scent of the roses..
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteDomaine de Marie-Antoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteGetting my dose of the perfume of roses
domaine-de-marie-antoinetteDomaine de Marie-Antoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteDomaine de Marie-Anoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteThese cool goats are chilling in the shadow..

All photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s (photos on me taken by my friend Vanessa)

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