July 25, 2014

French Friday Favorites

Paris is a feast for the senses. Voilà mes préférés: J'aime...

*Voir (to see):
*Entendre (to hear):
  • La Vie en Rose and other lovely (albeit a cliché) French standards played by street musicians
  • Little children speaking French
  • The "ding dang dong" of bells chiming in church towers around the city
  • Carousel music at the manèges near the Eiffel Tower and the Hôtel de Ville
  • The Seine lapping against the sides of the river boats
  • "Bonjour Madame!" and "Enchanté!"
*Sentir (to smell):
*Goûter (to taste):
  • Warm crème brûlée
  • Café au lait for breakfast and un petit café (espresso) after a meal
  • Croissants and pain au chocolat 
  • Galettes with ham and gruyère
  • Sandwiches on crunchy baguettes
  • Soupe à l'oignon gratinée
  • Croque monsieur
  • Moules frites (mussels with crisp, salty fries)
  • Chocolat africain chez Angelina
  • Lavender ice cream
  • Wine: a bold Bordeaux, a bright rosé, a crisp Champagne, a kir royal
*Toucher (to feel):
  • A crusty baguette that leaves crumbs all over
  • Silk Hermès scarves
  • A happy puppy in a park (or a restaurant!) that begs for a pat on the head
  • Rich lotions and creams from French pharmacies (La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Avène, Roger & Gallete)
  • The warmth from the flame of a candle I lit for my dad at Notre Dame
  • Cobblestones worn smooth by centuries of footsteps
What are your French favorites?