Palace of Versailles

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 21, 2010

I am seriously hooked on this coffee.


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.


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.


We were serenaded on the train

It was charming.


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.


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!




The Palace of Versailles is amazing!




Ohhh yea.






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Those are some fire logs!!




The gardens were beautiful and went on forever!


Afterward, we stopped into Starbucks for a refresher.


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.


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.


We started with Guacamole and chips:


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


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



They loved both of them!


I decided on a pizza!


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


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



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!

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[email protected] September 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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


Peggy September 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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…


Lauren September 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life September 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 22, 2010 at 1:20 am

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! :)


Marie-Sophie September 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

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 :-) !


Sportsgirl September 22, 2010 at 2:47 am

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


Sportsgirl September 22, 2010 at 2:50 am

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!


Laura September 22, 2010 at 4:45 am

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!


MJ September 22, 2010 at 5:16 am

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.


MJ September 22, 2010 at 5:27 am

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)


Little Aspects September 22, 2010 at 5:57 am

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 :)


Chase @ The Chase Project September 22, 2010 at 6:28 am

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


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 22, 2010 at 7:32 am

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… ;)


Megan @ Sweet On... September 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

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!


Marie-Sophie September 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

:-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 ;-))


brandi September 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

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!


jenna September 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

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


Bee Goes Bananas September 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

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.


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

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


Jazz September 22, 2010 at 9:23 am

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..


Sue September 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

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.


Keri September 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

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.


Amber K September 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

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


Cathy Breit September 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

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.)


Cathy Breit September 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

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!


melissa @ the delicate place September 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

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:


Cynthia September 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

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!


Violet September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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!


Bree September 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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?


Maya September 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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!


[email protected] September 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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


Leah @ Why Deprive? September 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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.


Kristin P September 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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 :)


Natalia - a side of simple September 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

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


Laura September 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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


Miranda @ MirandasJeans September 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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.


Sean @ Learn Fitness September 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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.


Faith @ lovelyascharged September 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

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


Laura September 24, 2010 at 6:06 am

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.


Natasha September 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

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


[email protected]'s Going The Distance September 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm

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!!!


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