We've just returned from 10 days in Paris... It was a dream and more. Also it was a departure from our regular journeys to Europe (and that of most Australians I would guess) where we usually bust a gut to see as many cities as possible - this time we stayed in one place and truly got into the routine of the city.
Of course, we ate out at almost every meal; trying here, here, even here (I said hello and thank you to the famed Adeline, she was charming) - but I think my favourite moment was when I made dinner in our rented apartment.
Weird right? Travelling halfway across the world to enjoy a home cooked meal? I think what charmed me was the novelty of cooking with such impressive produce; a haul of delicious ingredients gathered from the organic farmer's market that morning.
So, the menu? Organic roast chicken, stuffed with onion and lemon with crunchy potatoes, zucchini and lambs lettuce salad a trio cheeses before our dessert of galette des rois (that smiling tart pictured above).
Galette des rois is a tradition I've always wanted to embrace but never understood because it's a Catholic holiday celebrating Épiphanie (full explanation here). The tarts are eaten across France throughout the month of January and further from its religious roots become an excuse to catch up with friends in the new year, "You must come for a slice of galette," is a common phrase... And how brilliant! No prepping dinner or 'afternoon tea', just a casual slice of tart to get together.
What are some traditions you've spotted on your travels (or otherwise) that struck you?