Paris , me chef Nicholas Anderson took a weekend there late september , great memories of when i was a aprentice in the Geneva Hilton and escaped for a long weekend to Paris on TGV train ,but you must know these things first before going on a adventure in Paris .
The twentieth century was hard on Paris, but thankfully not as hard as it could have been. Hitler's order to burn the city was thankfully ignored by the German General von Choltitz who was quite possibly convinced by a Swedish diplomat that it would be better to surrender and be remembered as the saviour of Paris, than to be remembered as its destroyer. Following the war, the city recovered quickly at first, but slowed in the 1970s and 1980s when Paris began to experience some of the problems faced by big cities everywhere: pollution, housing shortages, and occasionally failed experiments in urban renewal.
But I love the city , one must be ready for some long walking day so use good shoes , and do get yourself a underground day pass.. So you will be able to acomplish your tour alone .. Must see ;
Arc de triomphe
Notre Dame cathedral
The Seine river
And during your weekend
Book a show or cabaret one evening that's a must
Or the famous French cancan at the Moulin Rouge , first show is with a dinner , late show is with Champagne bottle a evening to remember ...
Don't forget to do your shopping for fashion and try the French Bistro , and for those two Paris is well supported !!
If your thinking where to stay in Paris ? go reasonable as you will be spending on visiting the city so the hotel is more of a crashing stop before a night out dining or clubbing , budget for that not more than 100 euro per night and you have something safe and comfortable ! For food
Please try the cafe croissant in the morning
The French baguette
And go treat yourself to a brasserie or bistro , be sure to have a good seat to see the Paris life in front of your eyes !!
For the Weather this is important to know as to what clothes to pack .
Being located in Western Europe, Paris has a maritime climate with cool winters and warm summers, therefore it is best to wear a beret to accommodate the varying skull warmth possibilities. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean helps to temper temperature extremes in much of western Europe, including France. Even in January, the coldest month, temperatures nearly always exceed the freezing point with an average high of 6°C (43°F). Snow is not common in Paris, although it will fall a few times a year. Most of Paris' precipitation comes in the form of light rain year-round.
Summers in Paris are warm and pleasant, with an average high of 23°C (75°F) during the mid-summer months. Spring and fall are normally cool and wet.
With the weather being so pleasant in the summer, it's a great time to visit.
Me Nicholas Anderson just loves exploring these kind of places , found in the small streets not far from les Halles a little champagne bar ! Run by two busy ladies ,, two bottles later the evening got transformed into a a memorable night ! And forgot my umbrella there , a excuse to visit them again ... Hahaha Bon voyage
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Looking for some ideas to entertain ? I'm sure you can find in your cabinet some small equipment to help you out ...
Apero or aperitif a beverage most of the time alcoholic taken before a meal , so finger food to open that appetit is always welcome , mouth size bits.
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You wanna experience true southern French food after a beach day and swim in the med !!
Located in the heart of Nice , famous for its promenade des Anglais ! You will find just of the tram l'Union a restaurant fronted by its bistro where the locals drink ,
L' Union la Maison du ravioli nicois from 1949 ! 1 rue michelet , 0033493846527
Open 7/7 lunch and dinner all year round
On the cote d'Azur you start with a Pastis drink , beware how many you drink ! I had that pastis with a grand medi platter .
Cannibal platter and daube de boeuf with ravioli or gnocchi is a must try .
Service was fast ! But come early , for wines better to order a bottle , the front of the restaurant will mis guide you! But it's very nice for dinner there is a lot of seating area at the back ! Beware of the cooks chatting in kitchen it can get loud ! This is a great place for functions also !
Don't forget the pastis ! I had 19 glasses ! Wow nice evening and memory. If you take tramway from station get of and valrose universite station !
By: Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
Collonges sous Salève , hmmm your probably thinking where would that be??well it's just on the outskirts of Geneva Switzerland and it has a great dinning venue that I had the pleasure to discover call , "Auberge de Collonges" , just a left turn from the French & Swiss boarder with parking space available and a very interesting design !
This restaurant is serving a variety of regional specials and hearty meals .... A great local following , the menu surprised me , special the baked bone marrows as starter
I was very impressed with the great selection of Fondues and followed my mothers recommendation for the tomato cheese fondue served with boiled potatoes , it was easy to describe it " delicious " but the great number or dishes was surprising and I realized that they have a good number of families and couples dining in the evening as it was a Thursday it feels good to see a busing place ,
Don't forget to match your hearty meal with a nice selection of wines served at the proper temperature .
And the owner is very active and visible during the whole evening , only stopping for his own dinner ones things started to slow down ... Well for me I couldn't miss out on a dessert getting more and more popular these days " Café gourmand " well many different names are seen , but basically it's a expresso with 4 taster portions desserts , a great idea on the taste buds after a fondue to have some thing sweet and small , the local Alpine herb spirit Genepi helped also ....
So if your looking for a place to dine outside Geneva ??? Et voila ...
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Walking the market in Collonges-sous-Salève this Sunday morning I came across this passionate guy called Pierre with a small stand of home made smoked items mainly fish products all handled with so much care and passion I was amazed by the dedication to excel at his craft of perfection , the product was superbe and the guy together with his partner in life handle the business , they work the markets of the region from Tuesday to Sunday rain or shine...
Not only do you find your local smoked fish like trout , but also cooked dishes like spreads , sauces , soups . Deliveries are available and preorders of special products are organized ! I'm so glad to meet a guy that shares his passion with his product....
Photography and story ! By: Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com