South France and Paris – Part 1

The last time I visited France was in 2003. I was alone and I didn’t speak any French. I still don’t speak French but I have a husband who does and that came in handy when we decided to spend our summer  in South of France and Paris.

Now that was a completely different experience..

It was this trip that changed my point of view about life, love, fashion and made the idea of “relaxing” sink in to the bottom of my ocean.

In France (specifically South France), you learn that you should relax, eat and love to live. You don’t live to work. And I really needed a lot of relaxation, good food and love. Above all, a lot of serious fashion!

We started off in Nice were we walked past every corner, relaxed on the beaches and ate a lot of good food. Fresh fruits (the watermelon never so sweet) and vegetables spreading their fresh scent and amazing French recipes stood out from the first minute. From Nice, we sailed to St. Tropez, Monaco, and Antibes.

Every morning started with Almond/ Chocolate croissant that melts in the mouth. I can still smell it. In Nice, most of the restaurants perform on the basis of “No Reservation, No dinner!”

My husband is the type who likes to keep trying new places, while I like to try a new place every dinner, but stick to the same place for lunch – especially when we’re talking about the humble Carre Vert. This is place is owned by 2 friends. Once runs it and the other cooks. Its that simple. The dish of the day depends on what they fancy the most from the market on that day.

French people don’t gain weight because they walk a lot and they eat in smaller quantities. But they do eat everything.. and a lot of butter.

I guess what I love the most about the experience of eating is the presentation. Its just like with clothes. Its the finishing that I care about the most.

Below are photos of some of what we had.. and I crave for more!

Tartare de Saumon

Filet de barbue poele

Panacotta aux Fruits Rouges

Salmon Tartar with Avocado

Beef Tartar with mashed Cucumber salad

Goat Cheese Salad

Lamb Cutlets with young roasted potatoe

Risotto aux Champignons (Mushroom Risotto)

Salmon Tartar with Ratatouille

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  1. Mmmm, those baby potatoes look yumm-o! I spent part of this summer in Cinque Terre, Italy and it was a very delicious vacay too – i recommend you take your hubby there. When is the next DFW? U R on the Board, right?

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