Five Friday Finds from France: September 24th

daniel buren installation at élysée palace

It’s been a fun and fast-paced week in France. I think September brings a wonderful new energy – and I’m really partial to the “er” months. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France includes some very cool things for me personally – my episode on the “La Vie Creative” podcast as well as Paris dans l’Œil de Ses Habitants, a new book on Paris that features one of my photos.

Paris dans l’Œil de Ses Habitants Book (Paris in the Eyes of Its Inhabitants)

Paris dans l'Œil de Ses Habitants Book (Paris in the Eyes of Its Inhabitants)
Paris dans l'Œil de Ses Habitants Book (Paris in the Eyes of Its Inhabitants)

Paris dans l’Œil de Ses Habitants is a book “by the lovers of Paris, for the lovers of Paris,” and just so happens to feature one of my photos! The 300 page book features over 250 places in the French capital. You’ll learn more about these places as the photos are accompanied by text, both in French and English. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this book. You can support the project by pre-ordering a copy now – there’s worldwide shipping available (just as a note, the US is États-Unis and you need to scroll to the É’s with accent marks, they’re towards the bottom of the list). With the holiday season approaching it would make a fabulous gift!

My “La Vie Creative” Podcast Episode

la vie creative podcast

This week my episode of the “La Vie Creative” podcast released. I was so honored when Krystal asked me to come on the show. We talked about my photography and travel planning services (which luckily are now back in full swing!). Krystal has had so many fascinating guests on “La Vie Creative” – it’s definitely a podcast to add to your list. Since recording I’ve been lucky enough to spend more time with Krystal and can’t say enough wonderful things about her. Besides hosting the podcast she’s a talented photographer that you can work with when you’re in Paris and a writer – she recently released Paris, A Life Less Ordinary, a memoir about her life in Paris. Thank you so much for including me Krystal and be sure to check out the episode here!

Modern Touches in Élysée Palace

modern élysée palace miro
modern élysée palace

As a part of the Journées du Patrimoine last weekend Romain and I visited the Elysée Palace, which is currently home to President Macron. This year there was a timed ticket entry which I thought might eliminate at least part of the notoriously long wait. As it turned out, they were running two hours behind schedule, so we still had to wait for three hours. It was a beautiful day so the waiting wasn’t the worst thing in the world.

Once inside I was very surprised to see so many modern and contemporary touches. From art to rugs and even walls there were a lot of unexpected elements. I think in my head I was imagining Versailles, but I suppose it does need to be functional and livable! The Élysée Palace is only open to the public during the Journées du Patrimoine, so if you ever get the chance to visit, take it.

La Belle Ferronnière: A Good Café Near the Champs-Élysées

la belle ferronnière café

Thanks to our longer than expected wait at Élysée Palace, we left the visit at 3 pm feeling quite hungry. We briefly thought about just eating somewhere on the Champs-Élysées, but it was super crowded and not my vibe. Instead, we went La Belle Ferronnière on Rue Marbeuf, just off the Champs-Élysées. I’m not going to tell you the food was extraordinary, but the setting was lovely, they serve food all day, and the croque madame hit the spot. There’s not much more I need from a café in Paris!

Ratte Potatoes

ratte potatoes

I love potatoes, but tend to get most excited about them after they’re cooked. Since living in France I’ve learned that the type of potato really does matter depending on what you’re cooking. I don’t have them all memorized yet and usually just tell the vendor at the market what I’m making so I’m sure to get the proper potato. If you ever see potatoes at the market in their own special bins with a brochure…you know they’re good. This presentation can be expected with Nourmoutier potatoes and as I saw this week at the market, Ratte potatoes. Rattes have a nutty flavor and a smooth, buttery texture, which is probably why Joël Robuchon liked them for his famous purée.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!

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