Le Weekend à Paris

Sunday afternoon at Trocadéro Gardens, Paris

In our continuing approach to taking it easy in Paris this trip, and after an energetic Friday night at the Aussie embassy, we spent the weekend mostly eating and relaxing. What better to do when the sun is shining in Paris?

We’d been wanting to check out the new gluten-free patisserie, Helmut Newcake, since one of our friends from Felixstowe who’s arriving this evening is celiac. Helmut Newcake opened only a few months ago, at a great location in the 10th arrondissement, near the Canal St. Martin.

Canal St. Martin, Paris

At the patisserie, we met Karin of An Alien Parisienne, who generously shared suggestions for gluten-free eating in Paris (thank you so much, Karin!). Purely in the interest of doing proper research for our friends, Clive and I sampled a number of delicious treats. My favourite was the warm chocolate fondant. We’ll definitely return!

Delicious and *all* gluten-free

On Sunday we took our books to Trocadéro  gardens, found a bench in the shade, and read in view of the Eiffel Tower. There are three or four current museum exhibits we want to see, but the glorious weather keeps enticing us to stay outside. We’re thrilled to be so lucky and even more pleased that Paris is sparkling for our friends’ first trip here.

Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro, Paris

Meanwhile, in our building’s Monday morning bustle, we had painters sanding walls in the stairwell, workers upgrading the lift, and Clive once again communicating perfectly, albeit mostly with sign language — this time with our upstairs neighbour and the gas man, who was here for a scheduled maintenance appointment.

Clive says he likes having me nearby, not that my French is anything close to fluent, but I’ve decided I’m really superfluous in these conversations. I have enough trouble with plumbing and gas/electricity vocabulary in English. Despite my hubby’s reservations, he’s proven himself more than capable of communicating successfully with the French — especially when it’s face-to-face.

Eiffel Tower & Trocadéro Gardens, Paris

Cheers for now and more soon.

8 Responses

  1. Paris in the Springtime looks beautiful. Isn’t this incredible weather we’re having at the moment? We’re having the same over in England and it is stunning. I need to touch base with you some time after my trip to Cyprus to set up a few plans for a surprise wedding anniversary trip to Paris in May (23rd) for our wedding anniversary. We met in Paris in 2007, but you knew that, right?

  2. I know that Karin had a wonderful time, too! Hopefully, I’ll be able to join you next time. 🙂

    You guys sure picked a beautiful period to visit!

  3. Thanks Paul! And thanks to your wife’s suggestion, we enjoyed a gluten-free dinner at the cute creperie on Ile St-Louis last night 🙂


  4. HI there! Oh yay! That was where Paul and I had lunch. I’m so glad that you enjoyed yourselves there. It’s simple, and maybe even a little pricey for what you get, but then again it’s on the Île Saint-Louis, so a little heavier price makes sense.

    I sincerely had such a nice time seeing you both. I really hope we will have a chance to do it again soon.

    ENJOY SPRING! It’s so glorious! 🙂

  5. Thanks again Karin!

    This weather is indeed brilliant and we are enjoying accompanying our friends all over the city.

    Cheers and happy Spring to all.

  6. I love the photo of you in front of the Eiffel Tower – it’s as if you’re wearing a fancy and very large hat!

    And I know exactly what you mean about the glorious weather keeping you outside. While I never thought that I would say it, a bit of rain would almost be nice because then it would give me an excuse to stay at home.

    I am, however, very glad that Paris is sunny for you and your visitors. Enjoy it to the fullest!

  7. Hello Mary Kay! Ah yes, the Eiffel Tower headgear — and all this spectacular sunshine!

    We have enjoyed it all so much, and whilst we’ll soon be heading back to the UK (and then to Australia …), we’re already looking forward to returning to Paris in a few months.

    Cheers and happy Spring!

  8. Vegemite Vix, a belated reply to your comment (which went into spam for some reason). Sounds like you have a great anniversary planned! You can find lots of Paris ideas by clicking on my ‘Paris’ page and/or my blogroll favourites listed on the left margin — these are true Paris experts 🙂

    Happy anniversary in May and enjoy your special time in Paris!

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