After a month on the stateside, I am finally back home in Paris. Despite jet lag and my obsession for immediately putting every single thing back in order, I’ve got some time to relax and breath. Going home to Colorado is never completely relaxing, so lucky we had some beach time in Hawaii. It’s nice to feel bored sometimes.
Whenever I’m flying back over the Atlantic, often a flight filled with first-timers to Paris, I think about how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful city. This life I’ve created certainly seems unreal at times. I also wonder what I had in me that made it happen. Thank goodness it did, because I wouldn’t have it any other way. Perhaps that’s why it hits me when I am so anxious to get back to my stuff. My books. My frame-filled walls. My homegirls. My teacups. My blue couch. Am I ridiculous?
And of course, with some fresh flowers in the room, I can really feel summer in Paris has finally arrived. However, now it’s back to the real world, and a transitional month and the speed really picking up right about now.
I had heard many good things about Académie de la Bière. It was on my list of places to go for quite some time. Finally one evening Louis and I made it over there for a brewy date: Belgian style.
This little beer heaven is located right by Port Royal, near the Montparnasse neighborhood (14th). They’ve got a lovely outdoor seating area that is perfect for those spring evenings. The inside is tiny but cozy and can be. If you’re going to dinner, reservations are suggested. We had a cute table in a little window nook that had the perfect amount of space for our pints and a big bowl of delicious mussels.
The café houses about 12 beers on tap, and a large variety of bottled beer from France, Germany, Scotland and the Czech Republic, etc.
As beer lovers, this was the perfect place for a date this early evening. The servers gave excellent advice in terms of what kind of beers we fancy, which made me love it even more. What’s better than discovering new brewed creations?
Granted, eating mussels aren’t the most elegant things to be eating while on a date with your honey bee, but we made it work. May favorite part was Louis’s way of arranging his mussel shells that I found oh so charming.
The story behind this habit for lining up his shells goes all the way back to his mother’s father and his first date with his then soon-to-be grandmother. On one of their first dates they were eating mussels, and he did exactly that with his mussel shells. She apparently found this to be as charming as can be. The story has been told every since, and the boys in the family stack their mussel shells.
Cute, right? My bowl of shells was a bit less organized.
Académie de la Bière
88 bis, rue de la Port Roya, 75005
Tél: 01 43 54 66 65
Métro: Port Royal (RER B), Raspail (4), Vavin (4)
Last week Louis and I went to Hawaii last week for some total relaxation. We are lucky ducks.
After a long flight over the Pacific, we finally got a glimpse of land from above. I found it to be so beautiful and almost unreal. These islands are so beautiful from above, and I bet they were just as charming when they were first discovered.
Having grown up in a landlocked state, the ocean always seemed so far and so exotic. Almost a luxury. Boy, did those tones of blue make me want to get my suit on and go for a swim with the sun rays coming down.
I’ve got so much to share with you darlings on our trip to Hawaii. I’ve been tuned out while home, but I plan to pick up my posts again, as I’ve got heaps of things to share.