There was a heat wave in Paris in the end of July with temps in the mid- 90s. I had a few days where I didn’t have any tours and decided to flee overheated and un-air conditioned Paris. Friends had told me about a little seaside village in Normandie, Etretat, about 90 minutes by train and bus from Paris.
As I child I spent most of my summers on the Jersey shore (way before that television show with Snookie) and to this day I always long to go to the seaside in the summer when I am stuck in the city.
I took the 70-minute train ride from Paris and then boarded a bus to Etretat. The drive through the bucolic country roads was typical of Normandy with Technicolor green grass and cows grazing in meadows.
The village was small and quaint, dotted with crepe and mussel restaurants, and shops selling local souvenirs such as salted caramels and beach sundries. There were still many of the original half-timbered houses standing.
When I got the to the beach, my jaw dropped as I took in the view of the immense jagged stone cliffs and intense blue sea. I parked myself on a towel on the rough pebbled beach. I was so transfixed by the sheer beauty of the scenery in front of me, all I could do is stare. I reached for my book several times to catch up on my reading but after a few minutes I would put it back down, pleasantly distracted by the hypnotic sound of the water crashing on the beach pebbles and the smell of the salted mist.
At a certain point, I went very close to the water and sat upright and immersed myself on the sand as the chilled, fresh seawater covered me up to my waist. I sat there for hours basking the in water and bright sunlight and finally at 6PM I got up, with my hands shriveled and my body cold.
I briefly went to my hotel to shower and warm up and rushed back to the beach to have dinner while I watched the sunset.
Tomorrow I will post about the very special sunset with breathtaking photos.
My Apartment for Rent
I am renting my fabulous one -bedroom apartment from November 1- November 16 in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul. I will now rent it for less time, either ten days or a week during that period.For more info email me at email@example.com
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.