Friday, November 21, 2014

Paris

As I had to get back to Berlin from Bretagne via Paris, I decided to spent 2 extra nights there. I had been to Paris several times before, but that was a long time ago.





















Actually, I didn't really want to go to Paris, but to Giverny (more on that in the next post). And it also turned out not to be the smartest thing to go to Paris in August, when 95% of its inhabitants, shop owners and chefs are on vacation! Mon dieu, the frustration of discovering that almost all the places (restaurants...) you want to visit are closed!




















I did however by coincidence walk right into this little shop "au petit bonheur la chance" (13 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris) which sells objets trouvés from the past. You can find anything from clothes to post cards to linen to glossy prints, buttons, toys and rubber stamps. I went wild on the rubber stamps but could have just as easily bought up the entire store.





















Since I had been to Paris and all its big tourist attractions before, I decided to take things slow and just walk around a couple of neighborhoods, like the Marais. Though I did enjoy myself and definitely have to give Paris another try when stores and restaurants are open, I just don't like it as much as I like rural France. (And it certainly didn't help that I had a throroughly upset stomach from eating a Tartar at a really, really nice restaurant. I so wanted to blog about it but didn't feel like it after I spent my first day back in Berlin in the bathroom...)
So when I wrote that coming back to France after not having been there for some years was like meeting an old lover again, visiting Paris was like the eye-opener when you remember why you actually once upon a time broke up...























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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cake Pops

Just kidding! Did you really believe I would disgust you with a recipe of aweful cake pops?

































But the light bulbs that represented the Berlin Wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall just looked so much like cake pops covered in white chocolate!



The Lichtergrenze was absolutely fabulous, it kind of had a Christo-and-Jeanne-Claude's-gates-in-central-park-mood!






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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ploumanach-Trégastel

I was mostly extremely fortunate with the weather in Bretagne: it was always around 20 °C or warmer and except for one day, the sun was always shining. 
























I spent the last, rainy day, walking from Ploumanach to Trégastel and back.





































Literally right when I got to Trégastel, it started to pour! So I walked into this bar, right at the ocean and by some weird coincidence, this bar (!) had an entire display of Kouign-Amann! Heaven! Kouign-Amann is a buttery-caramel cake that is traditionally made and eaten in Bretagne. I had one with a filling of fraises de Plougastel and a mint tea on the side. Why is it by the way, that even the dingiest bar in France has decent tea bags whereas in Germany, even some great cafés offer you the cheapest supermarket tea?


































After having read the entire local newspaper at the bar and listened to the raindrops hitting the window, I put on my raincoat and started my way back to Ploumanach. Hiking in the rain was ok, though I think I would have freaked out if I had had more than just one and a half hours of walking ahead of me. 






















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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Perros Guirec - Ploumanach

From Perros-Guirec, almost the last leg of the hike goes to Ploumanach.


Though, to be honest, i wouldn't necessarily call it a hike, since, if you are fast, you can get there within an hour. Even if you really take your time to enjoy the views, it won't take longer than 2 hours.





























It certainly is one of the most impressive parts of the grand route and is famous for its granit rose. This however also means that it is packed with people!




Ploumanach was my final destination, and to be honest with you, I don't really understand why it is so famous for being a cute little town. It is rather small and sort of secluded from the open sea. I much more prefer the open sea though. 
At least the sunset was picture perfect though.



























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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Market in Perros Guirec

Fridays are market days in Perros Guirec. And we are talking a huge market here, sort of like a foodie's dream come true.




















With no fridge and kitchen, I had to limit myself to a few ingredients for a picknick, but just walking over the market and thinking about all the things that I would buy and what to prepare was fun. 


















































I bought a feuilleté au saumon, some tomatoes, mirabelles, apricots and, for dessert, an éclair café.



































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