What I love the most about Paris are the hidden gems, on every corner you discovers something new. This spot, “Au vieux Paris d’Arcole” is one of them. The wisteria dominates the narrow street, near the Notre Dame and it is a very colorful spot. The terrace of this charm little restaurant and the sound of the Notre Dame bells, feels like you are in a little Provencal village and not in this big city and that makes this discovery just so special. Isolated form the hustle and bustle, you can enjoy French specialties and rest your feet from the long walks you made.
Friday afternoon in Amsterdam. It’s raining the whole day. Cold and cloudy weather. A perfect moment to find a nice place to have a cup of tea with sweets.
My friend and I found a wonderful place, called Betty Blue. It is a wide open place, very light with some industrial effects. The bakery breathes one word: SWEETS.
There are vending machines where you can buy sweets. You can buy also tees and bags with funny prints on it.
You can make a selfie with a wonderful text 🙂
The furniture is made of wood with blue accents or you can sit out on the couch and relax while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or tea and sweets. At the back of the bakery you have a beautiful canal view.
You can buy also tea and pickled lemons.
We started the high tea (jasmin, green tea, black tea, rooibos) with savory pastries. A piece of bread with mozzarella, melted brie and a soft piece of bread with grilled vegetables and a quiche. I couldn’t almost wait for the scone with homemade lemon curd, jam and whipped cream :).
Then we feasted the chocolate cake and cheesecake and our stomachs were spoiled by this delicious high tea.
The next time I will try the salads. I am a huge fan of salad bars where you can create your own salad.
The staff is incredibly nice and we felt right at home. On their website you can read their credo:
“For You To Enjoy And Make You Feel Happy”
and I think, they certainly succeeded!
Betty Blue is a great address after a nice city walk or shopping morning. Stretch your legs and get pampered by the delights!
I love to read about Paris so today I will share my 9 Parisian books with you. This is the collection I’ve at this moment at home but I am still looking for more to collect. So, if you have ideas, tell me!
Menton, a charming village near the Italian border. It was love at first sight when I came here for the very first time.
Fête du Citron
About a week the “Fête du Citron” will take place. The theme this year is “The Tribulations of a Lemon in China”. It is a unique event with parades with the most beautiful decorations of citrus fruits accompanied by music and confettis.
Menton has the highest temperatures on the French Riviera thanks to the shelter of the mountains in the hinterland. This is the place to spend the winter or to enjoy the early spring sunshine. Thanks to this mild climate, the lemon tree flourish here as the best. During springtime, the village is wrapped in a bright color palette of lemon, orange and tangerines trees.
It is a beautiful backdrop for the annual celebration: Fête du Citron.This “Fete du Citron” is a unique event that existed since 1934 and attracts many visitors each year. There is a sun promenade (Promenade du Soleil), dancers, confettis, folkloric groups, parades and shows. This year the festival takes place from 14 February to 4 March.
On the site of the local tourist office of Menton, you can read the entire program as well as videos, photos and an article about the legend of “the Lemon of Menton.”
During the writing process you can suffer from a writer’s block, which I wrote about in my previous blog. Another essential part of the writing process is inspiration. I will share my list of sources with you which gives me the most inspiration. I hope I will inspire you now :).