Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Suresnes American War Cemetery


Transilien: Suresnes Mont Valérien + 8 mn walk
Address: 123 boulevard Washington, 92150 Suresnes
Hours: Daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: free
Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe



Most people know about the war cemeteries of Normandy, the most well-known being in Colleville. If you had the change to go, you know it is the most humbling experience and it's hard to describe the solemn feelings which fill your heart. As we traveled France and some of Europe, we try to stop and visit as many of them. Little did I know that there is one just 5 miles away from Paris, in Suresnes (even has an amazing view on the Eiffel Tower). It's only two stops away from La Défense. In fact, even some locals don't even know about it which is super sad to me.

You will find a lot of WWI graves and some WWII. You should talk to one of the onsite workers, you can tell you a lot about each of these soldiers. The loggias and Chapel is worth a look. As most of the American Battle monuments, you actually stand on American Soil. We've had many wonderful experiences there. We've met amazing people including veterans. I strongly suggest you assist to the Memorial Day ceremony (full schedule of events can be found on the website).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We are Tiramisu


Métro:Ternes (line 2)
Address: 10 rue Bayen, 75017 Paris
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 7:30pm
Price: 5 euros per tiramisu
Website: http://www.wearetiramisu.com/


I walked by this place all the time. I have to say that at first I was skeptical about a shop selling only tiramisus. It's a bit daring. But that is exactly what I am - daring. I'm laughing because I am anything but daring (no I won't jump from a plane or dance with a snake) but when it comes to food I am curious. So why not go in and have a look?


I'm surprised by the flavors which are being presented and now I am salivating. I take one look at the Vanilla/Caramel/Pralines tiramisu and it is love at first sight. It just looks perfect! And I am also drawn by the Vanilla/Lavender/Berries.  It sounds interesting.


They survived the trip home which is a miracle because maneuvering a stroller with one hand while holding the precious packet with your other hand is a bit tricky on the narrowed streets of Paris. Verdict? It was creamy and went down like a charm but I was expecting more bold flavors. It was a little too timid for me. The mascarpone cream was lacking flavors even though the texture was great. I also regret the non-existence of the lavender taste which I really was looking forward to. So I'd say it's great to try it once if you're in the neighborhood but it won't become my new addiction.

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Odette


Métro: Saint Michel (line 4) or Cluny-La Sorbonne (line 10)
RER B and C: St-Michel Notre Dame
Address: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris
Hours: Everyday from 10:30am to 7:30pm
Price: 1.90 euros per cream puff
Website: http://www.odette-paris.com/
 

It all started with an IT guy and his grandma. Yep, I know that's so not what you expected to read on my blog. Well Odette was a typical French grandma who would bake delicious cream puffs for her grandchildren. Frédéric Berty is like every French person: Nostalgic. So he decided to drop his IT career and open this little shop/ Tea Room.

First of all, I love the street it is on with the old church in the corner, the cobble stones and the beautiful tree on the side. I love the charm of its building and the incredible view on Notre Dame. Then comes the food. I have to be honest, it's probably not the most jaw dropping puffs I ate but they were still enjoyed and eaten. My favorite flavors: chocolate, caramel, pralines and vanilla. I found the berry one pretty disgusting actually, tasted more like chemicals than anything else. Lemon was okay. But once again the spot makes all the charm of this place. I could seat there hours drinking my hot chocolate and enjoying the sun rays caressing my face while admiring Notre Dame, plus it's a pretty quiet spot as well. What else to ask for?


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