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Paris Trip - final thoughts


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Paris Trip - final thoughts

Wendy Lai | Jun 3, 2003 07:34 PM

Finally, I'm done with my rambling :)

A few thing noteworthy things:

Parisians do not over season their food. In the past couple of years there is a trend in the US to season everything to death. Translate season to salt. Everything is getting so salty here. In Paris we found it refreshing to have food a bit on the bland side and being able to control our own level of “seasoness”.

Berthillon ice cream was every bit as incredible as everyone said it was. We went to the main shop twice during our stay in Paris. We must have tasted over a dozens different flavors and found the fruit sorbets to be the most outstanding. My absolute favorite is melon. The taste of cantaloupe is so strong in each bite. The sweetness and fragrance of cantaloupe can be tasted in each spoonful. I’ll never forget it.

The chocolates were unbelievable. We visited Masion du Chocolate of course. And many other chocolate shops as well as the Bon Marche. I wished we had more time, more money and more luggage space to bring back more food and more chocolate.

A big note of advice to those of you that want to buy stuff and ship back to the US, DON’T. Hao and I visited many of the kitchen supplies and dish stores in Paris. We actually bought dishes, thinking we can just ship things back. Well, after lugging our purchases to a Mail Box Etc. we were informed our dishes (about 40-50 pounds in weight) will cost us over 275 euros to ship! Apparently, there are no Republicans in France and their Uncle Sam tacks on a hefty tax for anything thing shipped out. So in the end we bought new luggage to accommodate our dishes and chocolates and mustards, and crème de morrons…

We love Paris. We love the city, the culture, the vibe and of course the food. Our entire stay was punctuated with memorable meals that were both simple and soulful to decadent and unbelievable. Many thanks to this board and others who have given suggestions to me. If you are planning on going to Paris don’t be afraid of not speaking French, don’t be afraid that they’ll think we are dumb Americans. We went during a strike and yet our time there was entirely enjoyable. Be friendly, be open-minded, and be ready to enjoy the time of your life.

And as the French say, "Voila".

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