The City of Lights has been a dream destination for many, including moi! Until the day that that dream becomes a reality, I am to immerse myself to the things that make Paris the Paris we all love.
I am quite grateful to Paris websites and blogs such as Girls’ Guide to Paris that bring Paris closer to its many admirers. Girls’ Guide to Paris also has a Pinterest page which brings so much inspiration. Who wouldn’t be inspired with these pics?
There are numerous pictures that display the famous Parisian tourist spots as well as everyday Parisian life.
On a recent visit to Vanille Cafe and Patisserie, a French dessert restaurant, in SM Cebu, I discovered lots of French sweets that an ordinary Parisienne may be savoring that same day. My attention was caught by the equally colorful and mouthwatering macarons.
The macaron flavors available include: French Lavander, Vanilla, Peppermint, Pistachio, Tableya (Filipino chocolate), Cookies n Cream, etc. There were several to choose from! Aside from macarons, there were also cookies, Lemongrass crème brûlée, and of course, chocolat!
My picks for the day were lavender and vanilla.
The next French stop was The French Baker, where delicious French breads and baked goodies are freshly and deliciously made. I loved the subtle saltiness in their pretzels and the generous size of the blueberry bagels. They also serve the french classic baguette, Danish pastries, croissants, muffins, salads and yes, pasta.
Of course, one of the things that will make you a step closer to being a true Parisienne, is to learn how to speak French. This audio tutorial from BBC: Quickstart French is a lovely way to introduce your eardrums to French and learn a few helpful phrases such as “C’est combien?” which is handy when shopping.
Alliance Francaise also offers French lessons and cultural immersions. A visit to their institution will provide you with the necessary information on anything French. The latest I have heard is that they offer online French lessons and yoga sessions in their Cebu branch.
Perfumes are also French favorites. A lovely place to get a sniff of authentic French scents is Yves Rocher France. It boasts to be “the number one skincare and makeup brand from France and the creator of botanical beauty since 1959.”
The Moment de Bonheur Eau de Parfum, described as “the new fragrance of happiness”, is wonderful. It is featured in Ladies’ Home Journal and is a blend of roses, patchouli and cedar.
In terms of shopping, there are numerous shops to adore such as that of Louis Vuitton, but if you still can’t invest on these high-end French brands, it is always free to window shop.
The last but certainly not the least thing that you could do to be closer to Paris, is to read an account or book from someone who has actually been, and is living, in the city. Try Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French.
La vie est belle,