Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

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It’s in the box.

November 15, 2011

It’s no secret that I love cake. This love actually extends to most of the baked-goods family, from bread to biscuits.  For my last birthday, my Parisian then-housemate gave me what I can only describe as The. Best. Thing. Ever.  A box of joy from the famous Parisian patisserie, Ladurée. The joy was not just the contents (an array of macarons), now that I think of it. The joy was the distinctive mint-coloured box with gold leaf. The joy was the ribbon. The joy was unravelling the ribbon and lifting the lid. The joy was the colours, the flavours, and the sugar rush. Next time you are lucky enough to visit Paris (or London, Milan or New York), visit Ladurée. I promise you, you will not regret it.

 

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The other Paris.

June 28, 2010

Paris, Texas is located about 160 km northeast of Dallas. Its population is around the 30,000 mark but it was hard to imagine as there was virtually no one about. This most likely has something to do with it being Sunday; only two places were open as far as I could tell — one of the many antique stores, and Nancy’s Cafe (which provided the biggest, heaviest meal-with-a-smile I’ve had in a long time. Or ever.)  The antique store was filled with some crazy Texan-themed bits and bobs, but also provided a good helping of American cultural references from years gone by.  I particularly was amused by the John Wayne toilet paper!  Of course, the reason for visiting Paris is arguably its very own tower.  I was whole-heartedly disappointed to discover this is the thing in the world that is not bigger in Texas.  But the hat? Nice touch.