I Spy With My Big Eyes…

…two beautiful quartiers! Here are some photos I took as I walked through the 13th and the 5th arrondissements. Welcome to a real Parisian summer! Enjoy your weekend! xx PatriciaParisienne

Swimming in the Seine | A Day of Boating in the River

I never thought I’d say that I swam in the Seine.

But it is possible! This past weekend, the Englishman and I spent a day of exploring a little bit of the Île de France with the lovely Sonia and Yannick. After a quick 25 minute train ride, we arrived to Melun, a charming town near Fontainebleau. Armed with plenty of baguettes, we set out for our picnic on the Seine.

Yannick comes from a family where boating and water sports are a passion, and he was kind enough to take us out on his boat. We got in the boat and sped off toward a little river-side spot with shade to have our picnic. Sonia’s cucumber, watermelon and feta salad was the perfect appetizer for the hot day, and Yannick’s zucchini and chèvre tart was delicious. We had cheese and yogurt for dessert, with rosé to accompany the meal. Yum!

Then came the high speed part of the trip! We took off down the river, enjoying the incredibly gorgeous homes that line it. Tell you what, those houses make you dream! They were all different styles of architecture, from gothic to Germanic to fairy-tale-castle-esque (you know what I mean). Yannick showed us his favorite house, which has a bridge and arch connecting the two sides of the house. I’m not gonna lie; it totally made me think of Hogwarts.

We found a nice spot a bit further up, anchored the boat, and jumped into the water. It was so unbelievably refreshing! I am not used to 90 degree (F)/30 degree (C) weather, so these last few days have been a learning experience as to how to beat the heat. We shouldn’t complain because we had an eternal winter where we all wished for a ray of sunshine – and now we have it! In full force.

The river current was strong so we had a bit of a workout trying to not stray too far from the boat, but wow! The swim was amazing. I lovelovelove being near and/or in the water, so it was such a treat to be able to do that so close to Paris. I highly recommend taking a day trip down to the area. It’s beautiful and provides a nice and natural change of scenery from the city.

Merci beaucoup, Sonia et Yannick !

xx PatriciaParisienne

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La Caféothèque de Paris: Coffee with a View

Coffee date, anyone?

La Caféothèque de Paris 4e arrondissement

La Caféothèque de Paris 4e arrondissement

La Caféothèque de Paris 4e arrondissement café Paris

café gourmand at La Caféothèque de Paris

La Caféothèque de Paris 4e arrondissement

La Caféothèque de Paris

La Caféothèque de Paris

La Caféothèque de Paris

La Caféothèque de Paris

La Caféothèque de Paris 4e arrondissement

With views of the Seine, La Caféothèque de Paris is a great place to sit and relax with a coffee and pastry. There are plenty of tables and couches to sit on, plus they have an incredible coffee bean selection from all over the world that you can enjoy in-house or chez toi. What makes La Caféothèque stand out is its commitment to providing the absolute best coffee from all over the world to their customers.

This 4e arrondissement gem also hosts a variety of events, including concerts, recitals, and art expositions, which they’ve dubbed “Café-i-culture”. You can check out this month’s schedule online here.

My experience at La Caféothèque was lovely.  Two friends and I had a wonderful afternoon laughing, catching up, and enjoying our delicious coffees.  The greenery inside made it seem like we were in a rustic, tropical place, all the while looking out at the Seine.

La Caféothèque de Paris

52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville

75004 Paris