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Trip Report The 8 Day Bread and Yogurt Diet – A Paris Trip Report

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I’ve been a Fodors lurker (and infrequent poster) on this site for years and I just want to thank this wonderful community for helping me put together my itinerary for another adventure in France. I can’t imagine ever planning a trip without first consulting what others have done and recommended on Fodor’s.

We just returned from 8 glorious days in Paris (11/13 – 11/21) and thought I would share our experiences with you.

ABOUT US:
Our group included myself, my husband and sister, all of us in our early to mid-40’s. This was my husband’s first trip to Europe, while my sister and I have been to Paris several times. We used FF miles to secure our coach tickets from Seattle to Paris on American (via JFK on the outbound flight and ORD on the return flight). We were thrilled to be able to use our FF miles on fairly short notice since we had not decided to take the trip until late August. I suppose it helps that we were traveling in the off-season.

WHERE WE STAYED:
We rented an apartment that we found on Particulier-à-Particulier, one of the largest resources in France for real estate, including rentals. The apartment was in the 5th, right on Rue Mouffetard and a short walk to the Censier-Daubenton Metro stop.

The apartment was quite spacious (70 SM) and had 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with a nice living and dining area, office and fully stocked kitchen. It was clearly someone’s part-time home as opposed to being strictly a vacation rental. We loved the location and really enjoyed the local market vendors along Rue Mouffetard. We paid 840€ for the 7 nights, which I think was a real bargain. The apartment had all of the amenities you could want, including a computer with ADSL, free phone service to Europe and USA, washing machine, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and even a dishwasher! Although I had seen plenty of pictures of the apartment before renting it, I still was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. It was really nice.

The apartment was located on the 2nd floor (no lift) and could sometimes be a bit noisy from the lively street below. The bedrooms were in the back of the apartment and we were never bothered by noise when we slept, but that was probably due to the fact that we were too exhausted each night (or had too much wine) to really care.

FAVORITE FOODS / MEALS:
Although I diligently researched and mapped out a long list of restaurants I wanted to try while we were there, we honestly didn’t seem to eat out very much and had only a couple of dinners out, which were, unfortunately, very forgettable.

I was completely content on a steady diet of yogurt (YUM!!!), pain au chocolat (my standard breakfast), crepes and stuff we’d pick up from the vendors along Rue Mouffetard, like delicious roasted chicken, along with a side of fingerling potatoes that were roasted in the juices of the rotisserie chickens above . . . (divine) and quite a bargain at 2,80€ for a quarter piece of chicken (leg and thigh) and a generous scoop of potatoes. Naturally we’d grab a baguette and some wine and voila! Dinner was served! We also supplemented our bread, yogurt and wine diet with some excellent cheeses we picked up either at one of the several fromagerie’s on “our street” or from one of the food halls we visited (Galleries Lafayette or Bon Marche). But I honestly just loved the yogurt. I tried as many flavors and brands as I could and they were all so delicious, and thick and creamy. Did I mention scrumptious?

My husband was on a quest to see if he could subsist on bread, cheese and wine alone. His breakfast consisted of (3) croissants (I kid you not) and some yogurt with Muesli. He would eat some form of bread for his “mid-morning” snack, followed by another bread source for lunch. He’d then have a baguette (sometimes complemented with some cheese) for his afternoon snack and usually some more bread with dinner. It’s a good thing we did a lot of walking! Of course, my husband had to brag when we got home that he lost 5 lbs. on the trip!

We did enjoy some fantastic food for lunch, and some highlights were Falafel sandwiches at L’As du Falafel in the Marais (32, rue Rosiers), and the best Moussaka I’ve ever had at the Apollon Cafe in the 7th, near Invalides (24, rue Jean Nicot).

I also enjoyed the wonderful Bordier butter I purchased at Galleries Lafayette, the macaroons and pastries from Pierre Hermé, and my daily baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat from Les Pantalons boulangerie on Rue Mouffetard.

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