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The last time I visited Paris was in 2007 and I honestly have NO idea why it took me so long to go back. I love Paris, the food, the atmosphere and even the people! I remember the last time I was in Paris, none of the youngsters spoke English and because of this (and add the common opinion people have about the French) I thought they were rude. This time, pretty much everybody we encountered spoke fluent English and about 3 times (!) people even came over to us when they saw us struggling with a map!

While making this picture, we realized we hate all tourists-traps. But I had to go to Champs Elysees and visit Sephora, which is a piece of pure heaven on the highway to hell.

Before you read any further, I have to apologize, I am really bad in taking pictures when I’m on a holiday. Even though I often bring my camera, I just forget to capture it and always and still feel kind of mixed about it. I think you always should just enjoy the moment fully without being distracted or seeing the world through a lens, but on the other hand, I also love to share my life with you and this is kind of hard without the “evidence”. I will try to be better in this, I have some nice trips on the planning for the next month (Stockholm again, a couple of days in Amsterdam and a wedding in Madrid), so I promise I will at least try!

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We stayed at Mama Shelter and I can only recommend this place (like all other bloggers do..) the hotel is young and alive and a lot of guests are coming to the place for just dinner or some drinks. Most other hotels I have stayed at, only have some business people at the bar, but Mama Shelter really seems to be the French place to be.

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I could just move to Paris for all the perfect wines and charcuterie. On our first day we had a little pit stop at restaurant Absinthe, honestly what else can a girl wish for?

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Well obviously more food. The boyfriend and I made the mistake of going to a lot of the places where we wanted to go for lunch “too late” (around 14.30), while we were planning to go to Bistrot Paul Bert (it looked SOO cute), we were forced to find something else. We ended up lunching at Chez Mamy. It was a cute little bistrot where we sat outside just enjoying live. While sitting there, I could really see us moving to Paris one day!

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L’avant Comptoir in the 6th arr. looks like a tourist trap on the outside (you can order crepes through there “drive-through” window), but inside it is the cutest place for a quick snack. You can order everything from the signs above your head and while waiting/eating, you share bread, butter and pickles with your neighbors. There are no seats, so you have to eat while standing, but I really think this adds to the Paris feeling. We weren’t really sure what to do with the whole artichoke, so we just guess you dip it in olive oil with some salt.

Don’t forget to check out my blog about Au Passage, definitely my favorite restaurant in Paris and I can’t wait to go back there one day!

With love,
-Janet

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Paris: Au Passage

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I like food, no I love food. I can eat all day long and there’s always some space for more. So when we were in Paris I actually didn’t have any shopping plans, but was longing for oysters, steak tartare and nice glasses of wine.

And we sure found all of these in Paris’ best kept secret: Au Passage. Au Passage is a typical petite restaurant hidden in a side street of the 3rd arrondissement. It is so hidden, that I actually don’t think you’d ever bump into it without actually looking for it. But it is sure worth searching for!

The boyfriend and I had our best meal ever here (honestly, I dream about this place, it was THAT nice)! They serve small plates to share, which means that you can try a lot of different dishes (and I LOVE this! The more the merrier..) and they serve amazing wine without trying to sell the most expensive bottle. Our waiter actually advised the cheapest bottle of white wine because he fell in love with it and so did we. In general, the staff extremely cool and helpful and everybody spoke well English. But best of all: the restaurant is really really affordable. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne, a bottle of wine, 2 dessert wines, 2 more drinks (yes, we might be alcoholics) and 7 small dishes and we only paid 100 euro (which is really really cheap compared to Danish standards).

In the youtube clip you can see what we ate, they have a lot of seafood (love it!) and while the chef is from New Zealand the food is prepared in a traditional French style. How I miss Paris…

If you’re planning to go to Paris, you definitely have to book a table at Au Passage! Forgot to book a table? After 21.30 they often have some tables free again.

Au Passage
1b Passage Saint-S├ębastien
+33 1 43 55 07 52

With love,
-Janet

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Holiday: Any Paris Recommendations?

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Hello world,

For the last couple of days I have been enjoying the AMAZING weather in the Netherlands and during days like this I don’t really understand why I migrated at all (oh I actually do and he’s blond). All I have been doing is eating, listening to amazing music at Pitch Festival and sun tanning at the beach (Zwarte Pad). Friday we will drive to Paris, where we will stay at Mama Shelter for 2 nights and I’m planning our trip. Obviously I need YOUR help with this, do you have any cool restaurants/bars/cafes I MUST visit? And any other hotspots/shops that are worthy?

Please hit the comment box, your input will be greatly appreciated!

With love,
-Janet

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