Palace of Versailles

136 comments

I am seriously hooked on this coffee.

20100921-IMG_8304

Green tea, what green tea? ;) Someone save me! No, actually don’t save me. I don’t ever want to be apart from this coffee. I’m sad because I hear that the coffee back at home won’t taste as good as Paris coffee. Is this true!?

What are your favourite brands of coffee to make at home? We do have a brand new coffee maker that we have only used twice for guests before (it was a wedding gift). Perhaps I should dust it off when I get home. ;)

The highlight of breakfast this morning included this VOO Parfait my sister made for herself! I was so proud.

20100921-IMG_8308 

My breakfast was similar to my previous days. :) Delicious and filling as always.

Then we were off to Versailles! We walked to the train station. I meant to mention the other day that the Metro (subway) system is just amazing here. It was a piece of cake to navigate once we figured out how the lines worked.

20100921-IMG_8324

We were serenaded on the train

It was charming.

20100921-IMG_8332

That is, until he walked up to each person afterward, stuck out his coin purse, and asked for money. lol.

After about 30 minutes on the train, we made it.

20100921-IMG_8342

If you couldn’t tell, the weather here has been perfect! Sunny every day and around 20-25 Celsius. We couldn’t have asked for more. I heard Paris is typically cloudy and gray, but we haven’t had any clouds the entire stay!

20100921-IMG_8353

20100921-IMG_8345

20100921-IMG_8352 

The Palace of Versailles is amazing!

20100921-IMG_8354 

20100921-IMG_8358

20100921-IMG_8359 

Ohhh yea.

20100921-IMG_8363 

20100921-IMG_8365

20100921-IMG_8366

20100921-IMG_8369

20100921-IMG_8371

20100921-IMG_8377 20100921-IMG_8379

20100921-IMG_8380  

20100921-IMG_838720100921-IMG_8391

20100921-IMG_8393

20100921-IMG_8394

20100921-IMG_8395

20100921-IMG_8396

Those are some fire logs!!

20100921-IMG_8397

20100921-IMG_8402 

20100921-IMG_8410

The gardens were beautiful and went on forever!

20100921-IMG_8413

Afterward, we stopped into Starbucks for a refresher.

20100921-IMG_8415

This is the face you make when you find out that Paris Starbucks don’t make Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! I wonder if pumpkin is not popular in Europe? I haven’t seen any baked goods made out of pumpkin yet.

20100921-IMG_8418

Kristi has a little obsession with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. ;)

Not long after our stomachs wanted food once again. We stopped in at a nearby restaurant for lunch.

20100921-IMG_8435

We started with Guacamole and chips:

20100921-IMG_8419

My mom had the chicken salad which was humongous and so beautiful! The presentation here is just wonderful.

20100921-IMG_8421

And Kristi had another kind of salad that was equally as beautiful!

20100921-IMG_8422

20100921-IMG_8423

They loved both of them!

20100921-IMG_8424 

I decided on a pizza!

20100921-IMG_8428

It had roasted red peppers, artichokes, eggplant, and mushrooms. It was SO delicious!

20100921-IMG_8431

They brought me this pizza oil and it was really good to drizzle on.

20100921-IMG_8425

20100921-IMG_8433

Part II of our day is coming on up. :)

Wednesday is our last full day in Paris and then we depart Thursday morning for home. Six nights goes by so fast!

Let's get social! Follow Angela on Instagram (@ohsheglows + @theglowspot), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Google+

Previous Posts

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Page 3 of 3«123
Monique@She's Going The Distance September 24, 2010

Ohh when I lived in Nice I only found a few Starbucks the entire time. Lyon around Christmas had pumpkin spice lattes and also peppermint. I think Geneva was pretty similar. However, I never once had a Starbucks in Europe. It was like 7 Euros at the time for a tall, which back then was close to $12 USD!!!

Reply

Natasha September 24, 2010

I understand the disappointment that is Starbucks Paris. Heck I deal with it all the time. I miss Gingerbread lattes too. They had them in the UK, and really Paris isn’t THAT far away. They didn’t have pumpkin spice in the UK either, and I am so eager to taste it after all I’ve heard about it xxx

Reply

Laura September 24, 2010

Agreeing with the many previous posters that pumpkin is purely thought of as a vegetable in Europe, and is served in savoury dishes only. I live in the UK, and set out a canadian thanksgiving buffet last year…but all my British friends ate the pumpkin pie for the main course, thinking pumpkin=savoury veg, not pumpkin=dessert!
And personally, I really like Tim Hortons coffee.

Reply

Faith @ lovelyascharged September 23, 2010

Oh man, between the candy shop and the Louis Vuitton my wallet would be SCREWED!

Reply

Sean @ Learn Fitness September 22, 2010

Awesome pics … keep them coming. If your looking for good coffee when you return check out Intelligencia and their website. You can order their beans online and they are truly amazing … a bunch of people at the HLS tried it from their cafes in Chicago and loved it as well.

Reply

Miranda @ MirandasJeans September 22, 2010

OMG Versaille. My heart honest to goodness started to flutter. If only life were a perpetual vacation I would be in Paris/Europe all the time.

I think I am resolving from your trip that I will return to Paris/France (to explore more) before 10 years is up since my first trip. That leaves me with just over 7 years to go.

Reply

Laura September 22, 2010

I’m English and we don’t put pumkin in anything… The only time we really use it is to carve halloween faces! I tend to use butternut squash and sweet potato as much as you guys would use pumpkin. Although saying that, I don’t think strabucks do a butternut squash latte! Would like to give it a go though as it does look yummy. x

Reply

Natalia - a side of simple September 22, 2010

This is bringing back such wonderful memories of my visit to Paris. So happy you are enjoying yourself, Angela!

Reply

Kristin P September 22, 2010

I was just in Paris for the first time earlier in the summer and I LOVED it!! I went to Versaille too and it was amazing. I rented a bike to explore the gardens. You MUST take your dairy -eating fam to get Berthillon ice cream on Ile de St Luis! AMAZING. I loved the salted caramel. And I can tell you from recent experience, no, the coffee here is def not as good!! I went looking for eurpean coffee places when I got back to NYC.
also if you are interested- I took a Fat Tire Bike Tour in Paris and that was really fun. Enjoy :)

Reply

Leah @ Why Deprive? September 22, 2010

Im surprised about the pumpkin spice lattes. Theyre such a hit here.

Those pictures are amazing. Everything is so intricate – we just dont have that kind of thing around here.

Reply

kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com September 22, 2010

can you imagine getting married there!!!! if they let me id probably die before i said ” I DO” … just the vast beauty and trying to take it all in, would be enough to kill a person lol

xoxo <3

Reply

Maya September 22, 2010

I lived in French speaking Belgium last year, and unfortunately, pumpkin isn’t very popular in France. They mainly use pumpkin in savory dishes/soups, not for sweet uses. My host mom was quite surprised when I told her of all the uses for pumpkin in the states! Glad you have such beautiful weather in Paris!

Reply

Bree September 22, 2010

I am by no means a coffee connoisseur, but I do really like Dunkin Donuts original/medium roast. We don’t have Dunkin stores here, but you can find the coffee in stores. We also buy most of our whole bean coffee from Costco and I just today opened a new bag of a new-to-me brand called First Colony. It is organic and fair trade and I really liked it! If I remember right, you have Costco there?

Reply

Violet September 22, 2010

Wow, the Palace is amazing! So awesome to see all your wonderful photos, thank you. I loved the pointed doorknob. BTW, I believe pumpkin is a New World food and not indigenous to Europe, therefore not offered at Starbucks! They don’t know what they are missing. :-) Continue having so much fun, happy travels!

Reply

Cynthia September 22, 2010

Your pictures are making me reminisce about my honeymoon 2 years ago. Versailles was such a beautiful place. I loved Paris so much. Glad you are having fun!

Reply

melissa @ the delicate place September 22, 2010

gahh i’m so jealous! i went to paris this march and stayed for 8 days. i loved every second, it might be my fave city in the world! enjoy your last days! i took pics of my eats/adventures too in paris, check it out if you have some time :) all my days are listed here: http://thedelicateplace.wordpress.com/?s=paris

Reply

Cathy Breit September 22, 2010

looks like you’ve gotten plenty of coffee suggestions, but to add my to cents:
**True coffee connosseiurs do not consider French coffee to be that superior! Maybe its the atmosphere :)
**Second, and most importantly: coffee is only as good as how freshly roasted the beans are and how freshly ground they are when you prepare your coffee.
**In my mind it is entirely possible to make a far superior cup of coffee at home than anywhere in public, but jsut like cooking or baking, making coffee (good coffee) is an art!
**Make it strong enough!
**Use a French press. Makes for incredible aroma, body, and froth!
**If you add milk (or soymilk) pour it into your cup FIRST, heat it up a bit, and THEN pour in your coffee= maximum froth and creaminess :)’
**Try different region’s coffees and find the one that suits your fancy. Columbian, Guatamalan, Costa Rican, Indian, Kenyan, etc. Also bear in mind that the type of roast that is given to each particular bean will affect the final outcome (light, dark, French, Full-city etc.)

Reply

Cathy Breit September 22, 2010

I should also note that it is best to buy from a company that regularly(ideally it is DAILY) roasts their own beans on site. Where I live (about an hour from Minneapolis) there are several good coffee shops that roast their own, but if you happen to be a ways from any, your best bet would likely be to order from a company that does this. Trust me, the quality is worth it!

Reply

Amber K September 22, 2010

I hate coffee, so personally I think it all tastes disgusting! Then again, I never tried it when I was in Europe.

Reply

Keri September 22, 2010

FYI about pumpkin:
Pumpkin is not usually eaten in Europe. My mother in law spent a year in England. She said she tried to find pumpkin once and everyone she asked replied that people don’t eat pumpkin, pigs eat pumpkin. Since it’s a type of squash, it’s native to southwestern North America and was only introduced to Europe after the Europeans settled North America.

Reply

Sue September 22, 2010

Hi Angela,
so nice to see how you are enjoying your trip!
Just for you info: pumpkin IS kind of popular here in Germany, but only in savory dished. You won’t find any sweet baked goods with pumpkin in them. We also don’t have canned pumpkin over here (*sob*) and fresh pumpkin is very seasonal, you can only find it during fall and winter. But I honestly LOVE pumpkin soup! I have to make it again asap!
Gingerbread spice sounds like a good alternative to pumpkin spice, though. I think Starbucks had some Gingerbread Latte last winter.

Reply

Jazz September 22, 2010

Mooo hoo ahha, welcome to the world of coffee addiction/love. I like the french press as well – as long as you grind the beans as you go and get yourself some high quality beans…. right now I have the Starbucks anniversary blend which I like..

Reply

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 22, 2010

I can’t believe your trip is almost over! It seems like you just left!

Reply

Bee Goes Bananas September 22, 2010

I went to Latin America this summer and got hooked on their coffee. It’s funny how coffee can taste so different from place to place. I loved it so much I bought several bags of grounds and beans to take home and enjoy later.

Reply

jenna September 22, 2010

those salads look so wonderful! I can’t believe your time there is almost over! did you go to the eiffel tower?

Reply

brandi September 22, 2010

Okay, my husband and I are GOOD coffee fiends – we don’t drink crappy coffee, so here are our best tips to have perfect coffee at home.

– Buy GOOD coffee to begin with. Good quality (see what brands they might offer in stores there), freshly roasted if you can find it at coffee shops near your home.
– GRIND the beans right before you make it. Freshly ground coffee makes SUCH a difference.
– Use either a french press or coffee syphon to make the coffee. We love our french press, but we honestly haven’t used it once since December when we got our coffee syphon. It’s so fun to use and it makes amazing coffee!

Reply

Megan @ Sweet On... September 22, 2010

The whole year I lived in Germany I didn’t see pumpkin ANYTHING, including during trips to Sweden, Portugal, Amsterdam, and Paris. At Thanksgiving I scoured all the stores and ended up having to buy an actual pumpkin, roast it, and mash the insides just to make pumpkin cookies. I guess it’s just not a thing!

Reply

Marie-Sophie September 22, 2010

:-D Yes, that’s true … not a bit of canned pumpkin in sight in Germany!! Makes me very sad when pumpkin season starts in the US & Canada and you guys make the loveliest looking meals and I just cannot make them!! (well, or I had to go and roast a whole pumpkin … might actually have to do it this year ;-))

Reply

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 22, 2010

WHAT, no PSLs?? Tragic! I think the Versailles photos make up for it though. It looks beautiful! My next trip might just have to be to France… ;)

Reply

Chase @ The Chase Project September 22, 2010

I am loving these Paris recaps! It makes me want to go to Paris with my mom and sisters! =)

Reply

Little Aspects September 22, 2010

Coffee is the best! If you’re going to start brewing coffee at home – please buy Fairtrade coffee!! :)

PS – in Australia, we don’t use pumpkin in baked goods either – we make it into soup or roast it! (or, as I did tonight, roast it and put it into a salad with rocket or baby spinach and pecan nuts, drizzle with olive oil and caramelised balsamic vinegar :)

Reply

MJ September 22, 2010

ok I forgot, the absolute best coffe I’ve had to date comes from the Dominican Republic. I so need to go back and get another bag of coffee beans. (I have a grinder and I use a French Press too) Never been to Europe or Paris, but I’m sure if you ask your friends/family for suggestions you can find something you like. Try going to some of those “brand name” coffee websites and see if you can get a free sample or a coupon to try it for the first time. Great way to taste-test and see what you like without putting up a fortune. (if you don’t like it and someone you know does, hand it off to them)

Reply

MJ September 22, 2010

Your pictures are amazing indeed. Glad you and your sister and mom are enjoying your trip and found some good food in the process.

As for coffee, I like Timothy’s World Coffee (needs a Keurig machine as they are K-cups and make individual cups of coffee or tea). Starbucks is good too. But for when I make a pot at home it’s Maxwell House Dark Rich Roast. I too am not a fan of Foldgers.

Reply

Laura September 22, 2010

Oh this is making me laugh. You’ve found coffee and are flying headlong into the love affair so many of us are trying to end! However, yes, it’s a wonderful and delicious thing. I’d guess nothing will ever taste like your first coffee love in Paris, but if I were you I’d buy whole beans from your local health food store. The Equal Exchange brand is usually what we see here in the US, but usually whatever they have at the health food store is organic and fair trade. Not only is coffee a highly sprayed crop, but somehow the organic stuff just tastes better to me. I agree, grind your own and get a french press or a simple drip like a chemex. If you heat the soymilk it will be just like cafe au lait!

Reply

Sportsgirl September 22, 2010

PS.
I don’t think pumpkin is popular outside of North America. We don’t have pumpkin spice lattes down under either! Pumpkin baked goods aren’t popular here either. I hadn’t even heard of using pumpkin in baked goods until I read it on the internet!

Reply

Sportsgirl September 22, 2010

Oh my, I would love a slice of that pizza!! Yummy!

Reply

Marie-Sophie September 22, 2010

Yes, the European coffee tends to be a lot better than American or Canadian coffee (sorry guys!) – that’s why Starbucks is so successful over there and not really successful over here!
I live in Germany and here you can get decent (up to really good!) coffee at every bakery.

Just do a little research when you come back on where to get really really good coffee from (your sister will have some precious advice, I’m sure :-)) and then invest a little … totally worth it!

Don’t know if they allow you to take some coffee over – but you really should ask the people at your hotel what coffee they’re using and take a bag home with you :-) !

Reply

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 22, 2010

the pictures are gorgeous, what a trip!

and all european coffee is phenomenal, and it pales in comparison to anything we can get in N. America I think!

i have to chuckle as I really dont like starbucks, i think their coffee is wayyyyy over rated. It was good like 10 yrs ago but something happened. I think it was a blessing in disguise she coudlnt get a pumpkin latte, just means more room for REAL coffee while still on this amazing paris adventure! :)

Reply

Lizz @ Leading the Good Life September 21, 2010

Oh, so beautiful! Stunning to think people used to live there. I hope you’re having an amazing time!

Reply

Lauren September 21, 2010

I’ve heard bad things about Paris but you are putting those rumors to rest, it looks absolutely breathtaking! As does the food :)

Reply

Peggy September 21, 2010

Ahh isn’t Versailles incredible? Feels like a peek into another time. Did you see the gardens?! I almost thought those were better than the palace itself. I want to move in…

Reply

Amanda@thegrainsofparadise September 21, 2010

Wow! Wow! Wow! So beautiful!! Never been to Europe….so far from moi! Love the pics!
Aloha,
A

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: