5 December 2013

Off to Paris for Lunch, as you do!

Fancy something crazily luxurious? How about nipping across The Channel for lunch just because you can?

 
One of the biggest draws for living in London is the ability to leave it easily. What I mean is there is access from London to pretty well everywhere in the UK and Western Europe within a few(ish) hours. With the Eurostar mitigating the need to travel first to the airport (usually and arduous journey itself) and then through Airport check-in lines, going to Paris for lunch is something that has been on my 'all time' bucket travel list, and as such has lurked on my 101 in 1001 list where it threatened to stay for a long time.



 
...until discussngs the possibility over afternoon tea with a few crazy friends, when we made the decision to stop talking about it and pick a date. This was despite getting out of bed extra early and being faced with a pre-10am Emma - something not to be taken lightly I assure you (my husband leaves for work early to avoid before being faced with the confuzzled Kraken).

 
So one cool November Wednesday, at 7.30am instead of being smooshed on a commuter train and undecided as to what to have for breakfast at my desk, I met my fellow conspirators and decided what coffee and croissants to breakfast upon whilst travelling at great speed towards France. A much better dilemma.
 
 
We arrived to a stunning autumn day, and we popped to the Musée de l'Orangerie, to see the Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera, 'L'Art en fusion' exhibition, and Monet's famous 'the Nymphéas (Water Lilies)', installed in their custom designed oval rooms. Words fail me trying to describe how fabulous these are. To be encompassed by such moving beauty...


 
With the trifecta of famous Parisien museum/art galleries; the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and now Musée de l'Orangerie ticked off the 'Stuff wot to visit when in Paris' list, we tripped through the Tuileries Gardens towards our ultimate indulgence.

 
Angelina.
 
 
(Excuse the weirdly tinged lunch photos, the the European lighting may have confused my camera. Why, I don't know.)
 
 
I couldn't not order the infamous Angelina Hot Chocolate, a molten cacao concoction that tastes like liquid Lindt truffles, but balanced it with a lovely salad.  

 
You also can't not have proper Patisserie whilst in Paris, it would be rude.
 
 
Good, no? Well worth the trip (given the choice between this and practically anywhere I can get to in two hours, it's a no-brainer.)
 
BEST DAY EVER. No wait, that's our Wedding. SECOND BEST DAY EVER.
 
 
Tummies full, heart happy and laughter on our lips we tripped down along the Seine towards my favourite Eclair shop Notre Dame soaking in the general French conviviality.
 



 


Requisite eclairs, baguette, pate and a tatty pen for the other half in hand, we settled in for one last aperitif in the cutest, cutest shop/cafe/delight.  

 
Most definitely my highlight of November.


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19 comments :

  1. How cool is this! And Angelina's hot chocolate is the best. Love to go back soon.

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    1. It was the best way to spend a Wednesday!

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  2. Get off the internet! I am crazy jealous. Here in Southampton, it's an adventure to leave the university campus for lunch, let alone get on a train to anywhere...!

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    1. You've joking, your Berlin Christmas market photos look amazing!

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  3. Looks like an amazing time. And the food at Angelina's looks heavenly, but my God, those eclairs. My sweet tooth just tingled.

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    1. It was glutton heaven. Thanks for the blog visit!

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  4. Oh wow! what an adventure! This food actually looks incredible.

    I'd never thought about hopping over for a day, but what a good idea.

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. It's extravagant, but totally worth it. It makes for a really stress free day - you're not breaking your neck to cover all the tourist bases.

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  5. I still can't believe you did this! What an incredible day! I need to be more spontaneous like you. :o)

    So far everywhere we've been since moving to London (Amsterdam, Bath, Paris) we've taken the Eurostar or a train. This is my favorite way to travel, too! I wish it went everywhere! I'd never fly again!

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    1. We were spontaneous in booking in, but booked in advance for a less eye-watering price.
      Isn't travelling by train fabulous? One day maybe?

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  6. This is amazing! So jealous. What a nice treat. Need to take advantage of train travel while I'm here in Switzerland

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  7. As every time you post something about Paris, I'm now tempted to jump on the first Eurostar and go. Well done for having fulfilled your plan to visit for one day, it looks like you had a lot of well-deserved fun :) And, that picture of Notre Dame is simply stunning. I'm in awe.

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    1. Maybe if I keep posting stuff about Paris it'll convince you to go! It's totally worth it!
      Thank you, you're very kind - I was very lucky.

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  8. Oh you'd drive your non-london friends crazy with sheanigans like these, but I salut you for locking in that date and doing it! What a fabulous day it must have been!

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  9. Its awesome places and food looking very delicious when ever i will be go for the tour of Paris i also must visit these places and at that time i am at the tour of US and use GBt services buses from new york to orlando ...

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  10. I like your post a lot it seems you had great journey. No doubt praise is one of famous destinations for tourists from all over the world. I have been there for many times yet, Angelina's is one of my favourite places too. Especially my wife liked Angela's hot chocolate a lot. we had just came back from bus to washington dc with my wife and mother in law and my mother in law found Creamy coconut flan, according to her that was most delicious from all over the other places.

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  11. Pictures you have posted are stunning, fabulous all of them. London is always at the top of my travel destinations and Paris is just like a heart of this region. I visited there many times yet and love to visited there again and again. I had also great time at my nyc niagara tours with my friends few weeks ago. I am also going to London for attending wedding ceremony of my cousin brother. hope i will had great time there. I also plan a visit to its famous attractions as well.

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