Sometimes life in France is very trying.
Like, I’m TRYING not to pig out on amazing patisseries. Yet, just to get a baguette, I have to go past this.
Not to mention these.
OK, the line at Noez bakery is long (proof that the goods are great. With bakeries on every other block, there are other choices!) but it moves very quickly. The line usually snakes outside on market days, and once inside we must pass a veritable gantlet of goodies.
How much self-control can one person muster before cracking under pressure from this?
I love seeing the impeccably dressed elderly ladies choosing individual desserts for coffee with their friends. Un mille-feuille, un baba au rum, une tarte aux fraises…. (and they know which are masculine and which are feminine!!! Feuille is feminine, but mille-feuille is masculine. I give up!)
While American schoolchildren are belting out “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” in France the favorite round to sing is:
Battez la crème, battez la crème, battez la crème, battez la crème
De la crème fraîche que l’on fouette si gaiement
Parfum vanille, un peu de sucre blanc
On l’aime à la folie, la crème chantilly
Beat the cream, beat the cream, beat the cream, beat the cream
Some whipped cream, which we whip so gaily
Vanilla flavor, a little white sugar,
We love it madly, whipped cream
Says a lot about priorities, eh?
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Just the pictures are enticing enough. Do the extra miles walked in France not add up to at least one of those pastries per day? Don’t burst my bubble.
Not for me anyway!
Okay….I feel your pain….Fantastic photos. Only six months to go…..sigh…Each year I loose a few pounds before we leave so that I can indulge…
Good plan! Yin and yang.
Great pictures. This is beside my apartment. Yum!
Good morning, taste of France! Oh, I’ve been to France and got hooked on going to the boulangerie EVERY DAY, but for my daily baquette or boule, and I’d eat the whole thing in one sitting! These colorful morsels here however, I had to leave to others or else I’d get myself in trouble!!!!!
Thank you kindly for coming to visit my blog post at Les Dames D’abord. Enchantée! Anita
I love your blog. You take amazing photos!
Everything looks gorgeous! You have a lovely blog. 🙂
OMG – where is this patisserie??? What wonderful cakes, I don’t know how I’ll make it through to dinnertime without one of these 🙂
Noez Boulangerie, rue de Verdun, Carcassonne. Really good! We had a kind of chocolate mousse cake the other day that was awesome.
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Right, that’s marked in my address book – next time I get to Carcassonne I’ll definitely stop there!! 😀 Thanks so much!