This spring/summer has been very French as I have been to Nancy, Paris and Toulouse. I had been to Paris once, Cannes once and Dijon once, but that is all I had seen of France before May. The first time I was in Paris, it was winter and extremely cold and I was on my own for work. Cannes was “posh” and expensive (payed 30 Eur for a sunbed at the beach…) and I fell in love with Dijon. We only had one afternoon, evening and morning in Dijon, as it was on our way back home from our roadtrip to Italy (or was it Spain? Well, more on that in another post), but I really fell in love with the village, the people, the food, the shops… everything.
I was hoping to experience something of the same when we went to Nancy in April, but I never felt any of the extra heartbeats as I did in Dijon. I must admit it was quite disapointing.
Coming back to Paris was ok’ish. I never fell in love the first time, neither on the way back from Nancy and not when we were there for 6 days in May.
As I said in the previous post, the original plan was to stay in Toulouse for 4 weeks. I managed to get 5 days in between my other plans and I am very happy I did. Touolouse is not like Dijon, as it is much bigger but I still love the city after only two days and regret I can’t stay here for the 4 planned weeks.
In Touolouse you have everything in walking-distance. If you can’t walk you can use the city-bikes.
The city-bikes are operated in the same way as in Spain (where I have used it): You pay a small amount with your credit-card. The company put around 150 EUR on hold on your card. It’s free for the first 30 min. After that you pay 1 EUR. per hour. The “bike-stations” can be found all over the city and you can pick up a bike at one place and deliver it at another one. Extremely practical!
If you are going further away you can take the metro (it’s easy with only two lines), a bus or a taxi. For more information see Visit Toulouse website.
Mr. No-Backpacker left Bergen 10 days ago. The initial plan was that we should both go to Toulouse for 4 weeks. He’s there for work, I would go for… well…. why not? The plan changed as I suddenly got some projects to do at home and now I am going to Toulouse for 5 days instead… Not quite the same, but at least it’s better than nothing! AND I get to see my lovely husband again!
The airfare was not exactly cheap, but it could have been worse. Booking only two days in advance didn’t give me the best deal! However I saved around 800 NOK with booking from AirFrance instead of KLM. Not to self: Although AirFrance and KLM is cooperating, check both sites before booking!
Wherever you go in France, there is a “Boulangerie” or “Pattiserie” on every corner, at least it felt like that when we were there. I made it a habit to walk in, have a look, be sure there were nothing I could eat and walk, hungry and sad, out again. Why I did this is beyond my wits, maybe I like to torture myself?
Luckily I found 2-3 shops selling “kitchen-gadgets” in Nancy . Casa at Rue De Saint Thiebaut, had everything I needed (and of course a lot of things I didn’t need, but wanted).
There is also a shop in the Centre Commercial Saint Sebastien that sells smaller things, no furnitures.
At these two places I bough bakery-stuff for a small fortune. You know the feeling when you see all those nice things you have wanted for a long time: Heart-beat, happiness, feeling lucky and a little bit crazy in the same time, diziness…. I have never been “high” on anything “artificial”, but I can imagine it’s like being high on something! And I usually end up with buying more than I planned. The excuse this time was that I saved lots of money not eating all those cakes, I deserved this!
Luckily I love to bake and experiment at the kitchen. My “kitchen-gadgets” never end up in a cupboard never used. Some days ago I tried baking something I have wanted to try for a long time: Chocolatemousse-cake.
The recipe is in my low FODMAP blog, in Norwegian. I have a Google-translate plug-in, so if you are not Norwegian speaking, I am sure you Google will help you. If not, please feel free to ask me!