Dec
24

( your christmas song today)

Haluan toivottaa sinulle rauhallista ja tunnemallista joulua! Kiitos kaikista kauniista kommenteistanne koskien joulukuun kirjoituksiani, ne ovat tuoneet minulle iloa ja joulumieltä! Olet ehkä huomannut, että olen lisännyt yhden joulukappaleen joka päivä. Tämän soittolistan olen avannut kuunneltavaksi Spotifyin kautta. Löydät sen täältä.

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Dec
30

Noel a Paris

by Sofia   -   in Featured  Random

Our Christmas in Paris was short but very sweet. We left there on a morning flight on the 23rd and were already back on the 26th in the afternoon. But we did have 3 amazing days roaming through the streets of this amazing city. My husband and I wanted to do what the girls wanted to do and make it extra memorable for them. So we took time to stop at all the lovely carrousels and to admire the lovely little Christmas displays on the windows of the little boutiques. Cotton Candy was very excited to visit all the shops with little toys or children´s shoes, especially the ones with sparkly little glitter ballerinas in them. So we looked and sighed and ate omelettes in a brasserie for lunch and then we looked some more. Walking around slowly and just taking our time.

The girls stayed at my parents apartment for the duration of the little holiday and we stayed at a hotel 2 minutes walk away. So on the first night my dad cooked for the girls and we went out for dinner with my brother. There is this legendary restaurant in Paris called Relais Entrecôte that takes no reservations and serves only one dish ( but has an extensive dessert menu). The place is known for it´s portion of entrecôte served with a secret green sauce ( we detected parsley and anchovies but could not put our finger on the rest) and the most amazing crispy fries. As a starter everyone gets a green salad with walnuts on it. The experience was very interesting and we had fun although the boys were not really that convinced about the food. By the time we left there was already a very very long line outside the restaurant.

The next morning we headed over to my parents place but did a little stop at a boulangerie to pick up some fresh croissants, almond croissants, pain au chocolate and a baguette first. Pain au chocolat or chocolate filled croissants was one of the things Cotton Candy had talked about to her sister ever since her last trip to Paris. Apparently it tastes more magical there. A little different compared to our regular Christmas eve´s morning as we usually start the day with milk or coffee and some freshly baked saffron buns and continue with rice pudding for lunch. That day we went to see the enchanting Bonpoint store and also spotted my other favourite Paris spot for children ( well babies really) Bonnichon had opened a new shop across the street! How exciting. Now I only need a baby. When I was first pregnant with Cotton Candy I travelled there to choose all cute things for her like crib bumpers and a very classic navy pram and little things like cashmere baby booties, hand embroidered snuggles etc. If you are expecting a little one then I highly recommend a visit here. The collection is just perfect ( but their web site is very out of date as it shows only one shop location, but the owner told us they have opened a few other new shops in Paris too. This one is on rue de Tournon close to the Luxembourg garden). From there we wanted to go to a few other favourite shops and crossed the place Saint-Sulpice. And what did we see? A beautiful old fashioned carrousel and the best thing… it was free of charge but unlike the one we had in Helsinki there were no lines and the girls got to take a few rounds in a row. I would not miss my opportunity to ride on a carrousel either so I hopped on too. Just absolutely perfect!

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