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Planning A Trip To Paris

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I wanted to wish you a fabulous Friday and a relaxing weekend.  Last week in Paris it snowed and rained, we had blue skies and sunny days and somehow Paris in winter (if you can stand the cold) is even more seductive than her light and breezy summer version.

If you happen to be planning a trip to Paris I have put together a list of some of my favourite addresses and things to do in Paris. From the best coffee shops to  some out of the way quirky shops, boutiques and museums. You can read it here.

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with happiness.

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The King’s (Avedon) Message

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 King Avedon Copyright Carla Coulson

Ze Carla az kindly let me have ze blog to tell you a little about ze New Year in Paris.

Ze Paris iz always a good idea but last year it waz extra good. We had ze sun, yes ze sun waz shining in ze Paris a lot more zhan I am used to so zhat meant more of ze bistro lunches on ze terrace, more lying on ze floor warming ze heart and ze fur on ze tummy and ze sleeping it comes very eazy with ze sun.

When you are born in ze Paris like me you appreciate many of ze French tings.

Like we like ze talking in ze low voice (I even purr quietly), we like ze fine things (ze duck and ze foie gras) and zhose chocolates like ze new man in me building makes (Pierre Herme). When we go to ze café we sit at ze tables zhat are really close together but we never look ze cat next to us in ze eye. And ze waiter when he wants to ignore us he never looks us in ze eye. Looking in ze eyes is big code in Paris. If you come to Paris and no one looks you in ze eye it just means zhey aren’t ready to serve you. Parisian catz know zis isn’t ze rude way it’s just ze French code.

If you haven’t been to ze Paris you will see on the streets ze poulet roti (roast chicken) and zhey drive me wild and me dreams are filled with zhose little terrines of ze piggy and ze livers. I have ze dream of being a vegetarian zhen I take ze walk through ze Marais and see the golden poulet going around and around in ze machine and me little head starts to spin and I want to attack ze whole machine and take zhem all home to eat. Grrr.. and me plans of being a vegetarian are spoiled for anozer time.

Ze Marais is really having ze shaking up lately. More of ze fine tings in ze pretty shops are here like le ze candles of ze Cire Trudon who have moved onto me street (I swear zhey have the poulet roti candle I can smell it in me dreams) and de chocolate man Mr. Pierre Herme haz ze pretty shop in our building. He makes ze macarons with ze strange flavours zhat us Parisian cats like, foie gras (what waz he tinking) and ze truffle.

In ze summer when it’s not freezing me paws off I go down in ze morning to say hello at ze window and see ze lovely macarons and ze chocolates. I give them me ‘starving Paris cat face’ in ze hope zay may bring a little something to ze door with ze foie gras in it. No chocolate pleaze.

I am a king cat (zhat means I am ze boss around here) and someone needs to rule zees two ozerwise I wouldn’t get the best tucker and me bed wouldn’t be made of cashmere and me dinner wouldn’t be 3 courses. I give zhem ze shaking up when zhey get a little lazy and do the relaxing a little too much.

In me next life I am going to be a pirate and sail ze seas with ze other cats and we we will go to ze places with ze sun, ze Bahamas, ze Greece and ze Morocco where you find ze curvy girls catz. Did I mention I love ze sun? Sometimes I need to push the poulet roti over in me dreams to make space to dream about ze sun. Ze perfect life I tink would be hugging a poulet roti in ze sun maybe in ze Greece with ze curvy girl cats nearby.

I know youze will have a good year zhis year and I know youze love ze travel like ze furless mummy. We have a lot in common. Ze FM and I we both dream of ze sunny places lying on ze beach on ze stripey beach bed, me with ze poulet roti and FM with ze camera.

I know ze 2015 is going to be ze best year of your life. Us Parisian catz we do ze meditating, we tink a lot about what we want in ze life (you know we have many) and zhen we close our eyes, hold our paws together and say ‘puuuuurrrrrrrrrr’ and what we want comes true.

Itz ze same for you. If you want a poulet roti or to be a photographer like FM you just need to meditate on it, close your eyes, believe you catz can do it oh and zhen work very hard to make it happen.

Ze important ting is to believe in your dreams (even if they are dominated by poulet roti). Ze dreams are ze little messages to us catz and zhey are important especially when you live in ze Paris.

I know zhis because I have had ze many lives. Every life I believe in me dreams and zhey come true and ze same can happen for you catz.

So if your dreams for 2015 have ze Paris in zhem please come to see ze Marais with ze shaking up and when you are walking down ze street one day you might see me looking in ze window of ze Pierre Herme. You will recognize me cause I am ze spicy one.

Peace, love and light (and poulet roti) from your favourite Parisian cat

Happy 2015..

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire

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Christmas In Paris

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I wanted to share a little of the atmosphere of Paris as we lead up to Christmas.

It’s been a long time since I have had the luxury of spending Christmas with Francesco and this year it will be just the three of us (Avedon in his bow tie) in Paris before I jump on a plane to Australia.

I have loved this year, it’s been a great of year of learning in many ways for me, finally putting some things into practice that I have promised myself my whole life (like slowing down) and always believing.

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Deep down inside I have always known to believe is one of the most important things we can have. If you believe in something, in yourself, your projects, your future and in others, your beliefs will become your reality. This year has shown me that more than any other year in regards to my health. I always knew mother nature could offer us a great alternative and she did!

I wish we were all in the same room so I could give you a giant hug, that’s how i feel like wrapping us this year. Sharing the love and friendship you have offered throughout the years and now more than anytime I  know it’s people, relationships, sharing and love that makes the world a special place to live in.

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So here it is a GIANNNNNNTTTTT HUGGGGGG across the oceans from me.. May your Chistmas and holidays be serene and filled with belief in yourself, your future and in 2015.

Don’t give up on your dreams, sometimes things take longer than we expect but just remember to do the best you can today and if you do that everyday, today will take you to your future.

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Stay tuned for The “King’s” (King Avedon) message next week.

Endless thanks and love..

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” Leah LaBelle

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Paris Paleo, Gluten Free and Organic

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Organic market Boulevard Raspail Copyright Carla Coulson

Ever since I wrote the post about going the natural route and having wonderful success with my auto-immune conditions I have been meaning to share with you some of my favourite addresses in Paris where you can eat gluten free, Paleo or organic.

I cook most days and even prepare my hubby’s lunch (gawd am I a saint or what!) and I shop organic as much as I can so I don’t spend a lot of times in restaurants but when I do I want to make sure I can eat something on the menu!

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Organic market Boulevard Raspail Copyright Carla Coulson

Here are some places I love to shop and eat in Paris:

Organic Market Boulevard Raspail

I love this market! The entire market is organic so you just need to make your way here on Sunday mornings and you no longer need to worry about what’s organic or not, it’s all organic! You will find it all here, raw milk and raw cheese brought in from farmer’s in Normandy.

I eat very little meat and refuse to eat meat from factory farmed animals (please be kind to our animal friends) so I appreciate that two farmers who raise grass feed beef, chicken and rabbit sell their produce here.

You will find specialists here who might just sell herbs they have grown or free range eggs, home cooked soup or baked goods. You can also find gluten free bread here.

There is an entire Italian stall selling everything from organic olives to parmesan. I start salivating on approach. If you can’t make it to the Boulevard Raspail market almost all markets have one stall that sells organic produce in each arrondissement so go check them out.

Marche Raspail

Boulevard Raspail

Metro: Rennes

Every Sunday

9am to 2pm

 

Noglu Restaurant & Epicerie

16, Passage des Panoramas

75002 Paris

This delightful restaurant also has a take-away across the way. It is located in a beautiful passage in the 2nd in Paris. The chef is gluten and lactose intolerant so this restaurant is heaven for celiac’s and those trying to avoid gluten. The menu is full of delicious fresh soups, fish, pasta and heavenly cakes and you no longer need to feel like you are in Paris and missing out on all those cakes that call to you from every Boulangerie.

Nanashi

57 rue Charlot

75003

Whilst Nanashi isn’t a gluten free restaurant they only use bio-dynamic fruit and vegetables. They serve Japanese/French fusion with Bento boxes of fish, meat or vegetarian and they will prepare you one that is Gluten free.

They also serve a Chirasi of organic salmon and rice. Hard to get a seat here so arrive early for lunch or dinner.

Cafe Pinson

6 rue du Forez,

75003

If you can’t get into Nanashi try the cute Cafe Pinson across the street. A warm relaxed New York style cafe with a delicious organic menu with gluten free options. Their philosophy is to serve nutrient dense delicious food.

Niji Sushi

15 rue des Archives

75004 Paris

This sushi restaurant on rue des archives in the heart of Le marais serves organic salmon and rice and is great for a quick casual lunch.

Pousse Pousse

5 & 7 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette,

75009 Paris

Pousse Pousse is a delightful small restaurant in the cool SOPI (south of Pigalle) that is raw, vegetarian, gluten free and organic. They have daily menus that are often lactose or egg free as well so no matter how fragile your system is there is something to eat at Pousse Pousse. Not open for dinner.

Chambelland

14 rue Ternaux

75011

Even though I don’t eat many grains, every now and then I feel like a little bread and so does hubby.  Chambelland is a gluten free bakery in the cool 11th and offers fabulous breads and simple cakes and has a little cafe that serves their products.

Eric Kayser

8 rue Monge

Paris 75005

One of Paris’s best bakers, Eric Kayser is gluten intolerant. That’s a bonus for all of us as he has developed a gluten free bread that is delicious and has a range of gluten free cakes that are wrapped.

Helmut Newcake

36 rue Bichat

Paris 75010

A girlfriend of mine swears by this place. This is what she has to say “wow the desserts are unreal. Not very paleo but as a gluten free girl I’m beyond happy to eat their lemon tarts, eclairs and anything else I can get my hands on…great pastries for a treat with a pot of tea they do beautifully….”

Other food notes:

France is a pretty good place to eat Paleo. Even if you can’t get to these addresses you can walk into any local cafe and order an omelette and salad, or if you like your meat, an Entrecôte. The menu is heavily weighted towards meat and 3 vege but do insist on telling the waiter if you are intolerant to anything. I have found all restaurants very helpful and they always have something they can whip up for you.

France’s most famous dessert at the moment, the macaron is wait for it, GLUTEN-FREE. If you buy your macaroons at the best patisseries such as Pierre Herme you don’t have to come all the way to Paris and miss out.

If you can’t make it to the market Paris has many Organic supermarkets such as Bio C’Bon (I go to the one on rue Vieille du Temple, Naturalia and Bio Coop.

If you know or eat at any other favourites please let me know below so I can spread the word.

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” Cesar Chavez

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Great Coffee In Paris

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All images of Fondation Cafe and Broken Arm and the adjacent area in the 3rd Arrondissement Paris

For those of you who haven’t been to Paris for a while something really exciting is happening here. There is a whole new indie scene of cute cafes popping up everywhere with loads of cute young baristas doing amazing things with coffee.

Although the Parisians can boast some of the most beautiful cafes in the world, with every detail looked after from the cane chairs to the marble table tops, mostly there is one important ingredient missing… good coffee.

But thanks to a battalion of Aussie’s and French coffee enthusiasts the face of coffee in Paris is changing for the better. Phew…

Since I have started my Paleo way of eating coffee has been off-limits, it’s the one thing I miss, dream about and so lately after 8 months of living without coffee I have started having one coffee a week.

So you can imagine how special it needs to be…

Here’s where I go:

19 rue du Pont aux Choux
Paris 75003
I love this place! It is a teensy weensy cafe in the third and it is gorgeous in every way. This cafe was the former home of a boot maker and the owner has kept the sign out the front and added even more atmosphere and beauty inside. Be warned it’s tiny, 2 tables but they do great coffee to take-away and I go for the music. The Australian barista sings along to the great tunes he plays.  This place makes me happy..

Fondation Cafe

16 Rue Dupetit Thours

Paris 75003

Fondation cafe is run by a team of cute boys and they do coffee as though we were sitting in a cafe in Bondi – good. Milk’s great too..The cafe is small and modern and you can choose from a range of cakes and cookies or sandwiches. They open early!
76 Rue des Tournelles
75003
Tucked behind the busy Boulevard Beaumarchais Fragments is not a place you accidentally walk by. Look for the traditional Parisian shopfront painted black. These guys are serious about their coffee, the pace is slow and relaxed so don’t come screaming in for a quick take-away. The coffee is great and they serve a delicious range of cakes and salads. Hubby rates this as one of his best coffees yet!

 

Cafe Coutume

47 Rue Babylone

Paris 75007

A French/Aussie combo started this cafe and were at the forefront of Aussie’s doing great coffee in Paris. Not far from Le Bon Marche in the 7th these guys take their coffee very seriously. Bare-bones decor and yummy things for a light lunch. Coffee and milk 5 stars!

Coutume Instituutti

60 rue des Ecoles

Paris 75005

The fabulous boys at Coutume Cafe have opened an ever so cool space right next to the Sorbonne. You feel like you are in Finland or Australia. White trestle tables to share, big open space and lots of light and heavenly coffee. Tell your 20 year old friends…

 

KB Cafe

53 Ave Trudaine

75009

The French guy that owns KB took a trip to Australia, walked into a Bondi cafe, couldn’t believe the coffee and remained for a couple of years. On his return to Paris he opened KB Cafe in gorgeous SOPI (south Pigalle) and has a stream of devoted customers each day. If you are in the area and hankering for a good coffee or a great green tea drop in and say hi.

 

Holybelly

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix

75010

Ahh Holybelly, this is the ultimate “I’m missing my Aussie cafe breakfast’ place! I love Holybelly, eggs like you were in Sydney, coffee like you were in Melbourne, friendly staff and a cute space to boot….

 

Ten Belles

10 Rue de la Grange Aux Belles

75010

Owned by a Frenchie who guess what?.. worked as a barista in Australia… Cute modern space in cool corner of Paris. These guys are serious about their coffee. Thomas worked at the Caféothèque (who roast their own beans and was a forerunner in the Paris coffee scene before the Aussie connection turned up). Light food and to die for coffee.

So my dearest friends, if you are coming to Paris your coffee experience no longer needs to be dull.

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran

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