Paris is gorgeous anytime of year, but there is a certain quiet beauty to the city when it snows. Currently it is snowing in Paris and I hope I will get there in time before it melts! What to do when it’s cold and wintery?
Enjoy a cozy cup of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) in a warm café. The French do hot chocolate the best of any place I have been. It is typically poured from a small white china sauce server similar to a gravy boat. The quality of the chocolate is the key to the smooth silky concoction. Some prefer to make it with cream which adds to the richness, but if you use high quality chocolate, milk is sufficient. I practically drool as the waiter pours it into the demitasse cup in front of me. It flows rich and thick and practically makes for a meal. If food is art, French hot chocolate is a masterpiece! My favorite places for chocolat chaud are Café de Flore, Café de Paris and Café Marly.
Check out a museum you haven’t visited before or one you love over and over again when there is a new exhibition. I can’t wait to see the Salvador Dali exhibit at the Centre du Pompidou next week. It opened in December, 2012 and is going on until March 25, 2013. Of course, you could lose yourself for a whole day inside the Louvre and avoid the chilly air in Paris before heading out for a teeming hot chocolate afterwards.
That’s a perfect way to spend a wintery day in Paris!