I've been (slowly) recapping the trip that Edwin and I took to France in April (ahh, it's been so long since we've been there!), and it's about that time to move onto the second leg of our adventure there (you can catch up on the most recent post here).
We ended our time in Paris by going out to dinner and trying escargot for the first time (which tasted like pesto), eating macarons at our apartment, browsing the streets of Alésia, then going back for petit déjeuner to Les Frangines, our neighborhood haunt, for our usual breakfast.
Pierre Hermé, j'adore.
We went the week of Easter, so all the chocolatiers had their Easter chocolates displayed.
One of my favorite pictures from the trip. I'm obsessed with wisteria.
Bonjour, Les Frangines et pain au chocolate.
The bar at Les Frangines.
After breakfast, we packed the essentials, and then headed for the CAR RENTAL AGENCY because yes, Edwin and I rented a car to travel to the French countryside, four plus hours away.
I was the camera person, because I can't drive a manual car (my dad tried to teach me on his M5 and told me I could drive it if I mastered driving manual, and even that was not motivation for me to ever learn). It worked out because I got some awesome pictures from along the way.
We found out later on that the fields of yellow flowers were not just to make the country pretty - the flowers are harvested and used to make oil!
For every part of our journey, we stopped someone along the road and had a roadside picnic of our typical bread, cheese, and wine.
From there, we were back on the road heading to the medieval village of Troyes. Even being on the road in France was better than New Jersey driving (shocker, I know!).
The hardest part about driving in France was that the traffic lights are over on the side of the road - this was a little confusing since it's just not what we were used to, but we made it work.
Fun Radio became our best friend - it was France's trance station and was amazing. Plus, it was pretty badass to come home and know about a ton of songs before everyone else (I know, that's very hipster of me to say).
Our welcoming committee once we finally arrived in Troyes, three hours later.
I'm still obsessed with the architecture of Troyes - which you'll all be seeing a LOT more of in future posts because I took a kagillion pictures during our one day in Troyes.
What's the best road trip you've ever been on, and what are your road trip essentials?
More recapping to come! Happy weekend, loves.