We spent most of our France vacation in the south of France, in Aquitaine to be precise, but we also made a trip to Paris. We took the train from Dresden to Frankfurt and from there to Paris, where we stayed two nights.
I don’t have to tell you that Paris is beautiful, you probably all know that. Our visit there was way too short! We didn’t make it into any museums, but we walked around and had a look at some of the most famous places and buildings.
On our first evening, we went to see the Eiffel Tower, which is impressive both at night and day.
For dinner we had a falafel at Maoz, in the Rue Xavier Privas. The falafel was awesome, but unfortunately I didn’t take a picture. After we’d finished, we walked to Notre Dame, which was very close and admired Paris at night.
We started the other day with a walk to Montmartre. It was a very cold but also sunny day as we climbed the stairs up to the basilique Sacré-Cœur.
We had a coffee at the Cafe des deux molins, which you might recognize as the place where Amélie worked in the movie Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.:
The cafe was fun. From time to time some young tourists (and Amélie fans) stormed in, but most of the guest seemed to be from the neighbourhood.
And we made a sightseeing tour on a boat, which Shellyfish had recommended. And she was right, it gave us an awesome overview of Paris!
We ate lots of stuff from the grocery store: fresh baguettes, tabouleh, and soy yoghurts.I have to admit that when on vacation, I don’t care much about food. Mind you, this doesn’t mean I eat non-vegan food. It only means, most of the time we grab some stuff from a grocery store, sit on a bench, munch on our food, and enjoy the surroundings.
For lunch we went to Loving Hut, which is a vegan fast food chain. We went to their restaurant on the boulevard Beaumarchais. On their menu we found a mix of Asian and European dishes. The staff was very friendly and as soon as they realized how poor our French was, they gave us an English menu. P. had the soupe pho (vegan pho soup) and I chose the crêpes aux champignons & salade composée (savoury crêpes filled with champignons in cream sauce and a salad).
The soup came with two kinds of faux meat: seitan and tofu, and with additional soy bean sprouts, Thai basil, and a lime. P. liked it a lot.
My crêpe was delicious as well. It was filled with mushrooms and the same faux meats:
All in all, the Loving Hut is a nice restaurant with reasonable prices and very friendly staff. Paris has some other vegetarian and vegan options which we’d like to try out another time. If your budget is tight, you can find great vegan options in any supermarket: lots of tabouleh salads, soy patties, soups, baguettes, soy yoghurts and lots more.
I am really sad we only spent two days in Paris. Unfortunately I won’t have time to be at the vegan day in Paris at the end of the month, but I will return for sure.