Monday, May 18, 2009

Three Weeks Eating My Way Around France

In case I haven't already mentioned this, the greatest perk of the French educational system is the incredible amount of time off you get. There are so many holidays and long weekends, I can barely keep track. Seeing as I have no jobs or other obligations here, I mostly use this time off to travel around. During our spring break (essentially, the second half of April), Dora and I roamed around France, circling the country and stopping in: Toulouse, Albi, Bordeaux, Nantes, Rennes, Rouen, Etretat, Honfleur, Lille, Strasbourg and Lyon. I have so many pictures I'd like to post but I figure the best place to start is the food (DUH!). The amount of cheese and ice cream I consumed during the trip may seem shocking, but I assure you, were you here, I would oblige you to do EXACTLY the same thing. Too many treats, too little time. Here is a recap of some of the most delicious foods I saw/ate--enjoy!

roquefort salad in Albi

Dora with her buckwheat egg crêpe in Rennes

buckwheat crêpe filled with scallops, leeks, and crème fraîche in Rennes

moules frites in Rennes

amazingly red strawberries at the market in Rouen

fresh endives

probably the cheapest, most delicious meal you can get in Normandy: baguette and local cheese


nougat and pomme cannelle (with real apple chunks!) ice cream in Honfleur

camembert chaud salad in Etretat

cambembert (!!!) and raspberry ice cream on the beach in Etretat

avocado paté, served in a jar with toasted pita triangles and a salad at Poêles de Carottes, a great vegetarian restaurant in Strasbourg

close up on the the avocado mixture

Dora's favorite dessert of the trip, also at Poêles de Carottes : carrot sorbet, topped with pain d'epice and chocolate


Manggy said...

Oh WOW! Thanks for this whirlwind trip of France-- I am beyond jealous! You are really livin' the sweet life :)

krinki said...


studies have shown that the french eat more and better, and sleep more than pretty much the rest of the world. those are beautiful photos that stimulate the superior and inferior salivatory nuclei. (haha! anatomy joke!!!)