Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dreaming of France -- Easter

Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Nineteen years ago, we spent Easter in France. The kids were little and I was exhausted, as all mothers of young children are, but this set the bar for us with Easter celebrations in France.
The morning began with mass in a chilly church. When we rturned to our friends' apartment, the children had an Easter hunt -- not actually an Easter egg hunt, but our friends had purchased little gifts for the kids, which was nice.

The apartment looked festive with yellow tulips blooming. The children and I enjoyed some snacks before the meal. It looks like Grace is mad, so I'm probably trying to settle her down.

This side table is full of scrumptious food. I remember that we had lobster as a starter then rabbit as the main dish, and of course, there is bread, and some cookie covered with chocolate for dessert. 

This is the children's table, although the picture is kind of dark. Notice how attractive everything looks, even for the children. 
I hope you enjoyed your weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or not. For us, gathering family together is always a reason to celebrate, and in just a few weeks, we'll be in France again. 
Thanks so much for playing along with Dreaming of France.
I appreciate you sharing your love for France, along with food, books, movies, stories and pictures. Please visit the blogs of others who play along so we can share the love.


Sim Carter said...

What great memories you've created for your children!
We had a wonderful day today as well, an Easter lunch at my sister in law's home, for once without a single child of easter egg hunting age! Instead we ate lunch on the patio of their home overlooking the golf course and drank plenty of mimosas. Since I'm Dreaming of France for real we talked about where we hope to go and what we hope to see while we are there. My husband has a friend who has a studio apt in Paris and who has said we may use it if he's not in town. He does business in Paris and also has a daughter there so he flies over quite a bit.
Fingers crossed!

I'm looking at hotels just in case — any neighborhoods in Paris I should avoid when looking for a hotel? Merci and Happy Easter!

PS: I will try to make a Dreaming of France post once I recover from too much ham, French toast with walnuts, egg casserole, a delicious fruit salad of strawberries, blueberries and kiwi, the best creme puffs in California and my husband's contribution: decadent dessert bars with graham cracker bottoms, layered on top with a rich, thick mixture of creme cheese and melted marshmallows, topped with dark chocolate. A very sinful Easter brunch you might say!

Paulita said...

Sim, Sounds heavenly. I wanted to do a brunch, but Tucker had to work until 3:30, so we had a regular Easter dinner.
One of our favorite neighbors is the Latin Quarter, especially Rue Mouffetarde. This time, we are staying near the Louvre. When we are flying into Paris, we book our hotel as part of the airline ticket and it doesn't really add anything to the cost. The rooms aren't fancy, but we don't spend much time in them.
We are staying two nights in Paris; That, along with our airline tickets cost us about $700 each.
Thanks for commenting and hope you can come back later to play along too.

Anonymous said...

Your Easter looks adorable. I love the children's table.
To Sim: I highly recommend Hotel des Grandes Ecoles, 75, rue Cardinal Lemoine (not far from rue Mouffetarde). It has a lovely courtyard, very nice rooms, and a garage (we found it because we were driving to Paris and wanted parking). Have stayed there a couple of times, including with my brother and his family--always very nice.
There are no neighborhoods to avoid, as such, but any place can have good hotels and meh hotels.
If you want your money to go farther, get out of Paris and into France profonde. I can tell you life is far cheaper (and possibly sweeter) in Carcassonne, where I live.

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