Living In Paris When You Don’t Live In Paris

Oh, how I love having a patisserie and a bakery run by actual French people across the street and down the road. Yes, the bread is to die for, and yes the chocolate croissants are better than any other I’ve tasted before, but for me what I love about these 2 little places are the way they make me feel.

I stand at the counter, eyeing all the beauty behind the glass, pondering which delight to choose, and patiently wait for my turn. I wait for one little thing. One little thing that transports me instantly. “What would you like?” she says in a romantic, oh so Frenchie accent. For in that moment, the sweet French lady carries me to a patisserie in Paris or a boulangerie in Bordeaux. I can pretend for just that moment that I am steps away from the Sacré Cœur and going to head down the hill with my baguette for lunch. Stepping into these places give me so much more than bread and pastries. They give me hope that I will one day get to visit this town that I have loved from afar for so long.

I wrote a little about our village lifestyle on my guest post on sfgirlbybay last week because I just adore having these special places to call my local haunts. But mostly I love living a little bit of Paris if only for a minute.

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Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine

Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine is one of my favourite Aussie mags. This month, I could not resist as it was their annual French issue. The cover alone was enough for me to buy it, but flicking through its pages got me all excited for a whole issue full of fabulous Frenchiness.

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The cover is graced by beautiful photography of delicious looking, pink macarons. You can read the article and recipe about how much the French love their macarons on the Gourmet Traveller website.

Another great article inside explains how to eat in Paris for under €10 and tells you exactly where to find each of the restaurants.

What I of course love about the magazine the most is the photographic style. Their food photography is divine and it makes me want to become someone who loves to cook. I really don’t, which makes me sad. Australian Gourmet Traveller may well just have to be one of the many fabulous, Aussie mags that my mum will have to send me!

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