With a Wednesday holiday this week has felt like a series of Mondays and Fridays. It made the week go by quickly, but I’m also ready for a “normal” routine. Five Friday Finds from France features a bit from my first Fête Nationale in Paris, the incredible Ducasse-sur-Seine dinner cruise in Paris, significant news regarding vaccinations in France and more.
La Fête Nationale: 14 Juillet in Paris
What is known as Bastille Day in the US is often referred to in France as 14 Juillet or la fête nationale. I’ve long admired the celebrations in Paris but have never actually been here – until this week. The défilé aerien (flyover) was just as spectacular as it looks, and perhaps even more. The fireworks at the Eiffel Tower were a little past my bedtime, but next time I won’t miss out. 14 Juillet is absolutely something special to experience in the French capital.
Ducasse-sur-Seine Dinner Cruise
Another special Paris experience that I can’t recommend enough is a Seine River cruise. When I saw there was a special Ducasse-sur-Seine cruise with a Ruinart champagne pairing it seemed like destiny. I’ve been on a Seine Cruise before, but never one with a meal. We got incredibly lucky with the weather and had a stunning sunset – definitely an advantage of taking a dinner cruise during the summertime. I enjoyed being able to walk out on the deck of the boat in-between courses. Paris is truly so beautiful from the water. To see a bit more from our cruise you can watch this Reel! If you’re interested in booking a Seine dinner cruise or would like help planning a trip to France, feel free to contact me here.
Le Boulanger de la Tour
You may know about the historic Tour d’Argent restaurant in Paris, but did you know they also have their own boulangerie? I didn’t. Le Boulanger de la Tour is just across the street from Tour d’Argent. All of the products are made in-house, including the pure-butter viennoiseries. I walked by after a big lunch, but can promise you I’ll be making a weekend return trip very soon to test out a few items!
Carrouges: Gruyère from Normandy
I recently discovered a great new cheese: carrouges, which is a version of gruyère made in Normandy. I was looking for the perfect croque madame cheese (emmental does nothing for me) when the fromager recommended carrouges. Romain didn’t tell me, but made one sandwich with carrouges and another with emmental. The difference was night and day. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is divine when melted. Great for croques, galettes, or just about anything!
France Vaccination Update
On Monday, President Macron announced a very major change regarding vaccinations. Essentially, if you want to go to cafés, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and more in France you’ll need a pass sanitaire, which is a health pass, starting on July 21st. The health pass needs to show that you’re either fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past 48 hours. This move doesn’t require vaccination (except in the case of health care workers), but if you’re not vaccinated, “normal” life will become pretty inconvenient. Something very important to note when planning travel to France in the near future!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!