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Need A Break from the Holiday Stress?

Need a break from the holiday stress? Weekend In Paris Contributor, Margo Waite offers the perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle. Take a little walk with Margo while she was in Paris for the past few weeks.
From Margo: During the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations sometimes we’re even too busy to read.  So I though perhaps readers of Weekend in Paris would enjoy a few street scenes taken around the City of Light in the last few weeks.  Sit back, relax and dream of being in Paris.
Mix a unique shade of ink for your fountain pen at this shop on Rue du Bac
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1,000 Winemakers in One Spot in Paris

Guest post by The Weekend In Paris’ frequent contributor Margo Waite:

Wine Expo 2-1Salon des Vines des Vignerons Independants

If you love French wines, and since you’re reading Weekend in Paris I suspect you do, imagine a huge exhibition hall filled with nearly one thousand independent winemakers of France, each one offering free tastings of their unique wines.  It’s one of the delights of visiting Paris in late November.

This year the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants runs from November 28 through December 2 (2013) at Porte des Versailles (pavilion 7/1).  There is an admission fee of a few euros, but you get a charming little tasting glass to keep.  And just outside the exhibit hall, there are often winemakers passing out free tickets.  If someone hands you a ticket and then asks you to pay for it hand it back.  The winemakers give their tickets freely.  When I’m the lucky recipient of a ticket I always visit that winemaker’s booth first.

Wine Expo 7-1There is a helpful 273 page directory that lists each region and winemaker alphabetically, making it a little easier to find your favorites.  The show opens at 10 AM and it’s a good idea to get there not long after, as it gets really crowded.  If you find a wine you love, you can purchase a bottle or two to carry with you, or have it shipped directly from the show by the case.   I have a tendency to get very enthusiastic about the wines and then struggle to carry the heavy bottles back to our apartment.  If you have a backpack bring it as you will surely find wines you can’t resist.

As well as wines you can sample Champagne, Calvados, Cognac and Armagnac.  If you get hungry, there are stands offering chocolate, foies gras, hams, pastries and places to pick up a sandwich or a snack when you need a respite from sampling too many delicious French wines.  For more information about this year’s Salon, the web site is www.vigneron-independant.com.

Margo-working-on-Weekend-in-Paris-150x150Margo is a popular guest blogger for Weekend In Paris. Besides being a knowledgable Francophile, she is an Independent Publishing Professional based out of Newport, Rhode Island. She is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things French.

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A Stroll Past the Passy Market

Pascal_le_GlacierPlease enjoy this guest post from frequent contributor Margo Waite:
I’ve written about the Passy Market, but not about the interesting adjacent streets which hold pleasures galore.  On rue de l’Annonciation, a busy pedestrian street to the left of the covered Passy market, you will find great window shopping.  Notable are Aux Merveilleux de Fred at No.29 where they make glorious meringues—fun to watch them being enrobed in chocolate through the shop’s large glass windows.  Nearby a grocer is obscured by the biggest bank of rotisserie chickens I’ve ever seen, in various levels of readiness.  And if that’s not enough, there are lots of chic shops purveying shoes, scarves, jewelry and women’s fashions (and shops for men too my husband adds).
Aux Merveilleux de Fred at Christmas time.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred at Christmas time.

At 17 Bois-le-Vent, to the right of the Passy Market, you will find the most exquisite ice cream shop.  I learned about Pascal Le Glacier in a piece called, “Ice Cream Heaven” from the book, “Paris Discovered” by Mary McAuliffe.  I highly recommend both the book and the ice cream.  My praline and my husband’s chocolate noire (intense chocolate flavor without being too sweet) were indeed delicious and would give any ice cream shop in Paris a run for title of best.  Be warned though, a smallish cup is 4 Euros, which I justify by rationalizing that the less I eat the fewer calories I consume. It is surely tempting not to buy two cups though.  

Margo-working-on-Weekend-in-Paris-150x150Margo is a popular guest blogger for Weekend In Paris. Besides being a knowledgable Francophile, she is an Independent Publishing Professional based out of Newport, Rhode Island. She is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things French.

All photos property of Margo Waite. Must obtain permission before use.
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When Markets Trump Museums in Paris – Le Marche Couvert Passy

 

Please enjoy this guest post from frequent contributor Margo Waite:

When I’m in Paris, markets sometimes trump museums, and so it was when we went to the Musee Marmottan in the 16th.  Certainly we enjoyed seeing Monet’s personal art collection, the impressionist paintings, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the 19th century building (formerly a personal residence) which houses these treasures.  

But as we returned to the La Muette metro stop we discovered the brilliant food market at Passy (le Marche Couvert Passy).  This bright and busy covered market is filled with vendors proffering gorgeous fresh fish; some of the crispest, brightest frisee I’ve ever tasted; homemade pastas of every description; dried legumes, spices and herbs and so much more.  This market has everything you could want to produce an amazing picnic or complete dinner, including flowers of course.  Hours for the market are Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm; Sunday from 8:00 am to 1pm. 
 
Just around the corner on rue de l’Annonciation you will find Aux Merveilleux de Fred at No. 29 where they make glorious meringues—great fun to watch through their large glass windows.  Also on that pedestrian street you’ll find the biggest bank of rotisserie chicken I’ve ever seen, in various levels of readiness.  And if that’s not enough, there are lots of chic shops purveying shoes and women’s fashions (and shops for men too my husband adds).

Margo working on Weekend in ParisMargo is a popular guest blogger for Weekend In Paris. Besides being a knowledgable Francophile, she is an Independent Publishing Professional based out of Newport, Rhode Island. She is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things French.

All photos property of Margo Waite. Must obtain permission before use.

 

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Join me in Paris for the 3rd Annual Tweet Up

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Ooo la la it’s Paris Tweet Up time…

Priscilla Pilon of The Weekend In Paris is coming to town!

Please join Priscilla and fabulous co-hosts

Forest Collins of 52 Martinis

and

Kasia Dietz of Love in the City of Lights

at

Le Bar of Le China

for the

3rd Annual Tweet Up

January 28th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet up with fellow tweeters and bloggers to chat and network

about all things expat, travel, Paris or anything interesting on your mind.

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One lucky attendee will win a custom Kasia Dietz creation -

a reversible bag courtesy of Weekend In Paris

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