If I could only ever go to one café in Paris for the rest of my life, I’d pick Le Saint Germain. It ticks all of the boxes – great location, strong coffee, friendly people, and it’s always open. I fell in love with this Left Bank spot on my first trip to Paris. Since then, I’ve become a regular.
I don’t think any of us could’ve anticipated what April 2020 would be like in Paris (or anywhere). April is always something to look forward to. The days are longer, the light is brighter, and Paris comes alive again after winter. The month marks the beginning of one of the best times to visit and enjoy bth Paris and France. This year, we’ll all experience a different April in Paris.
I thought it would be fun to do a “virtual tour” of the Napoleon III Apartments at the Louvre for anyone missing Paris right now. These apartments are a perfect example of the Louis XIV style of French opulence and splendor, which I could definitely use a dose of right now. Along with the Galerie d’Apollon, the Apartments are one of my favorite parts of the Louvre.
Not surprisingly, the options for store-bought tortillas in France are dismal. I buy them anyways out of convenience. However, now we’re in Normandy in confinement. As a result, we’re limiting our outings to the grocery store we decided to get resourceful and make our own tortillas. This homemade butter tortilla recipe is a blend of a lot of different recipes and modified based on what we had on home. I think it’s pretty simple and foolproof, and nothing beats homemade butter tortillas!
This week I transitioned from living in Paris to living in Normandy indefinitely because of COVID-19 and the confinement restrictions. While I thought it was a difficult decision to make at the beginning of the week, I feel so fortunate that, thanks to Romain, I have the ability to get out of Paris during this time. So, for the next chunk of time Five Friday Finds from France will likely have a Normandy twist. My favorites from this week’s finds are a memoir by French politician Simone Veil, a gorgeous Normandy hike, and Romain’s take on one of our favorite dishes in Paris.