Bonjour, France

Early tomorrow morning we will board a M0-X van, the first step in the wife and I spending the next two weeks in France. We’ll be starting in Paris, of course, and staying in Le Marais neighborhood in the 4th arrondissement for four days. In the works are a small, guided walking tour of the area and the Nortre Dame cathedral, dinner at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and catching lots of Euro 2012 soccer* on tv.  And taking our time sitting at cafes and eating and drinking and generally being French.

From there we head to the Loire and then Bordeaux for a few days each, possibly doing little more than wandering around and drinking wine. We may visit a couple of wineries and castles, take an aerial tour of the Loire, visit Rocamadour, go canoeing – who knows? To satisfy Mrs. SMEs’ beach needs, we’ll then train up to Ile de Ré, a small island just off the western coast of France. Nothing scheduled but lots of harborside vin de maison and the train back to Paris. There, we’ll mop up some of what we didn’t get to before and take a walking food tour of Montmartre. Then it’s back to reality. For now, au revoir!

* – While I’m gone you have one** homework assignment: Watch at least one match in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. Because it only includes the best teams in Europe, there are no crap teams – unlike the massive World Cup. Just about every game has been a winner so far and it’s only going to get better. Every game is being shown on ESPN.

** – Actually, you have two homework assignments. If you haven’t visited Pepe’s taco trailer, do it soon. I’ve had everything on the menu and feel pretty safe saying that it’s probably the best Mexican food in town. Particularly dig the adobado tacos, tamales and shredded beef burritos. And any taco, really. They’re outstanding.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. I am so envious…now after you get back, you have to get down to New Orleans and check out their French/Creole cuisine offerings and do a comparison/contrast piece. 🙂 Laissez les bon temps rouler ….

  2. You’ll have a blast! Tracy & I stayed in La Marais last year when we went to Paris. I’m sure you already know about the fantastic falafels on the Rue Des Rosiers…..

  3. Excellent! I did a market walking tour and cooking class in the same neighbourhood last fall. The different specialty food shops were very interesting, especially the fromagerie with its two full-time staff in a shop the size of a shoe box. After choosing our ingredients from the markets, we went back to the school and cooked up a storm. It was a great experience!

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