Postcard from Paris Part 1

Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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I'm baaaaaaaack!! After a whole month of internet drought, I finally have wi-fi at home. No more running around town trying to find wi-fi or pouring copious amounts of coffee down my throat just to use the internet at a cafe and then bouncing about like a hyperactive Jack Russell terrier after over-caffeinating myself.

I was in Paris for a week and only just got home, along with a souvenir - a nasty cold. We were lucky enough to have incredibly sunny weather while we were there. Yes, it was freezing for the first 3 days but after that, I couldn't peel my thick winter coats fast enough when the temperature rose to 16˚C.

Traveling with 3 kids and 2 other adults was a different kettle of fish this time, particularly when my brother and his wife decided to embark on their version of The Amazing Race. After 2 exhausting days of running around like crazy tourists, I dropped out of the race and caught up with friends instead.


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I was blown away AND thrilled to bits when Kayin suggested that she and her boyfriend would drive from Holland to Paris to see me. Yes, 4.5 hours on the road just so that we could finally meet each other face to face after years of online communication. Words can't describe how touched I was by the effort she and her lovely boyfriend went to. The 3 of us chatted non stop and bade a reluctant goodbye later that evening. Kayin's one of those rare individuals who is innately kind, exceedingly gracious and even more beautiful in person.



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Lil L and I were taken to a rather well known crêperie at Montmartre by a lovely Parisian friend of mine, A (remember her from the Landmark afternoon tea post?) Poor A had to put up with me croaking through the entire meal as my cold grew progressively worse. Crêperie Brocéliande is a tiny hole in the wall restaurant but extremely popular so do book if you're planning to have dinner there. The prices for gluten free buckwheat galettes start from 5.50€.  I decided to go slightly unconventional and chose smoked duck fillets with a smattering of caramelized onions and topped with a slice of foie gras. It was divine.



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Outfit: Helmut Lang coat, Uniqlo sweater, Zara jeans, Topshop boots, Miu Miu sunglasses, Hermes belt and Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35cm.


Just in case you're wondering how I managed to give birth to a half grown child......the adorable little girl with the pink polka dot bag is my niece. The two cousins were attached at the hip throughout the entire trip and hated to be separated. There are a ton of different photos and anecdotes on my Instagram feed for those of you who use the app. Part 2 coming up soon!


Crêperie Brocéliande
15 rue des Trois Frères
Paris
Metro: Abbesses
Phone: +33 1 42 233134 






18 comments:

  1. Beautiful pic Marlene! I miss your post. Part 2 please! - I Ying

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  2. Just found your blog & can't wait to see more on Paris! I would also DIE of happiness if you did an updated post on what to pack for 2 weeks in Europe (especially bc I'm going to London, Paris, Zurich, Lake Como & Venice for an epic trip this fall)!

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    1. So sweet of you to say so. I'll definitely keep the packing post in mind. Give me the spring and summer to mull over it as all I can think about is summer clothes :P

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  3. Gorgeous pics and at least you won't have missed the wi-fi that much if you've had such a lovely busy time in Paris. The girls are adorable and Lil L looks more and more like you every time I see pics of her. You have a proper little mini me there.

    And how lovely of Kayin to travel all that way with her boyfriend - it's lovely when you just connect and you get on so well in real life as well as online.

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    1. I couldn't believe Kayin and her boyfriend drove such a long way to see me. You would've loved chatting with her too. Haha....I'll tell Lil L you said so. She's still a mommy's girl at the mo.

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  4. Hiya Marlene ! So happy to hear from you , been a long time. Glad to see old on line friends actually coming together , it's such a lovely feeling that it's not a virtual friendship after all! I am in London and traveling with kids so quite exhausting ! Keep the posts coming , I missed them:-)
    Bisous
    Freida xox

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    1. Freida!! I'm so pleased to hear from you. Kayin and I were discussing about how to contact you for the catch up since neither of us have your email address. Can you email me at thepurseaddict@gmail.com? Hope your trip goes well.....as for the kids...good luck! Bet they're well behaved though :)

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  5. A Lovely post Marlene. Paris is a beautiful city, which or course you capture wonderfully. Though you always kinda kill me with all the delicious food shots…yummm! It was so sweet of your friend to drive that way to meet you in person, I bet it was an experience to remember. :)

    Take care,
    Daniella x

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    1. I meant to photograph more fashiony stuff but I got way too distracted by food as usual :P

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  6. You all look so cute! Did you notice the strength of the pound against the Euro?

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    1. You read my mind. I was THRILLED with the strong pound. I remember a time when the Euros and Pounds were nearly on par with each other. *cringe*

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  7. Squee! I always love hearing your Paris observations. Thanks for the tip on the crepe place :)
    S in HK

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  8. The strawberry tart looks delicious. And I love your sunglasses! Hope we can meet next time in Paris! :)

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    1. Hope to see you someday, Eleonore. Give me a shout if you're in the UK.

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  9. An extremely belated many thanks for the mention and the kind words, Marlene. You really made me blush! It still makes me smile when I think of our afternoon in Paris together! It was worth the drive down to Paris to finally meet you in person and I can't wait to see you again and pick up from there!

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    1. Kayin, I can't wait for us to catch up again. Likewise, I have such fond memories of our time even if it was just for a few hours.

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