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My Top Five Things To Do In Paris This August
Take a nap An odd thing to do at the top of the list this month. But it’s a very relaxing and hot time of the year in Paris and tourists around the city will spend a lot of time walking around in the heat. So I recommend when you find the perfect shady spot to sit down, maybe even lye down and have a quick nap. Make sure you have a firm hold on your valuables of course. But why not make the most of that shady bench.
3. Open Air Cinema – Villette 15th August 2019 One of my favourite movies is showing this summer at the Open Air Cinema, Erin Brockovich in English with French subtitles. www.lavillette.com
4. Rock the Seine 23rd August – 25th August 2019 Three day rock festival in Paris featuring this year The Cure. Each year the festival takes place at Saint-Cloud just outside of the city. www.rockenseine.com/en
5. Summer Sales July 2019 – 6th August 2019 Multiple stores throughout Paris and throughout the month of July finishing in August.
But don’t forget these fantastic events in August in Paris, France and around the world as well.
We’ve just had Gay Pride here in Paris last Saturday and what a parade it was. It’s a fantastic experience to be apart of the parade itself and because of that I was able to get some great pictures to share with you. Why don’t you come and join me next year for pride 2020 in Paris.
It’s been a heatwave this past June to start the summer of 2019 off here in Europe. Some parts of France have reached record highs never seen before. So with all of this it’s time if you are visiting Paris to get your togs on and take a dip in the canal saint martin or on the slightly cooler summer days ahead to get a tan down by the Seine at the Paris plages.
It’s getting hot in here, so let’s take off all our clothes.
There’s nothing better here in France, then rocking up in the early morning to your local Boulangerie and picking up a delicious buttery croissant. But unfortunately not every one can do this. So I’ve got one better. Here is my recipe for delicious croissants that you can make at home yourself. Freeze them before baking and then all you need to do is the night before take however many out of the freezer to defrost that you want the next day and then when you get up in the morning pop them in the oven. Delicious.
250g all purpose flour 7g dried yeast 140ml water 25g unsalted butter 6g salt 25g sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp water
150g unsalted butter
Day before take the butter for the turns and between two sheets of plastic wrap roll it out to a square shape at least 10cm wide, place in the fridge until the following day
In a large bowl place the flour and make a well in the centre of the bowl
Put the yeast and a little of the water in this well to dissolve the yeast as you mix it lightly together
Add the rest of the water then the butter, salt and sugar and mix together until well combined.
Take this out and roughly whack this against the bench a few times to release the glutens then form into a ball
Place this on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a rectangle shape and then fold in on itself from one end to half way and then the bottom end over this.
Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 25 mins
Take out of the fridge and roll on a lightly floured surface to form a large rectangle or square, make sure this is twice as large as the butter that’s in the fridge.
Place the butter in the fridge on top of this and fold over the edges of the pastry
Roll this out into another rectangle and the fold again. Top to the middle then the bottom over this. Press down three times once at the top, once in the middle and once with the rolling pin then press your thumb into a corner once and wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Take this out and roll again to a rectangle shape and again repeat the process on no 10. This time press your thumb into a corner twice, wrap and put in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
Finally take out a third time and repeat the turns above and press your thumb into a corner three times, wrap and put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or until you need to use.
Preheat the oven to 170’c
Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll out to a large rectangle
Cut off the sides to make straight and then diagonally cut triangles
Stretch slightly the bottom larger end of the triangle then place on a counter and roll this end towards the tiny pointy end
Place on a baking tray
At this stage if you aren’t cooking all of them today then place any left over croissants in a ziplock bag or freezer airtight container and place in the freezer
Mix the egg yolk with a tablespoon of water then lightly brush the tops of the croissants
Bake until golden brown, around 10 minutes depending on your oven
The croissant is a way of life for many people in France. It’s the first thing many people often think about in the morning. You have to admit I’m sure that if you could have one every morning with your coffee and some extra butter and jam to go on top you would. I would. Here are my best croissants in Paris in no particular order.
What’s the difference between a straight looking croissant and the crescent shape croissant you might be asking? Well that question I think definitely goes in the category of theres no such thing as a silly question. To be honest until I started visiting France I didn’t know there was a difference. In Australia when I grew up there was only really the crescent shaped croissants. In fact I thought that a croissant was called a croissant because it was in a crescent shape. Oh how wrong I was.
What’s the difference between a straight or crescent shaped croissant or should I say a bent one?
This subject has been hotly contested in Europe lately with one story in particular of a major English supermarket brand. They were asking the French manufactures of its croissants to make their margarine based croissants into a crescent shape as that is what their customers wanted. The French of course wanted nothing to do with this. And there should be the major hint as to what the difference is.
Traditionally throughout France a croissant shaped in a crescent represents that it has been made with margarine. The straight croissant has been made with butter. Margarine was invented back in the Napoleonic days on his orders actually. It’s made with beef tallow or rendered beef fat which means it can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration. This was perfect for the feeding of Napoleons troops. There are many differences in opinion of the origin of both the croissant and its shape and in fact for many years the crescent was the only shape for the croissant. But now in any Boulangerie or patisserie you should find two types and the standard is that a straight one is made from butter and the crescent is made from margarine. Now remember that’s in France only.
Are you coming to Paris? Want to know where the best croissants are near to where you are staying? Better still need help on where to stay. Then why not look into my itinerary services link here. Let me help you plan your next perfect holiday.
My first episode of Travelling Fabulous is still one of the most popular. Now I might think that I need a personality injection at the beginning of the episode it’s still a great watch as where else can you find out the difference between a straight and gay croissant, sorry a straight and bent or crescent shaped croissant.
June and Spring is nearly over and Summer is coming. So the sun is rising earlier and setting later and it’s a fabulous time to walk around and see the city of Paris. For that reason it seems that outdoor events are high on the agenda for June. If you get an invite to a delicious outdoor picnic or maybe the finals at the tennis then you will be one of the lucky few. But for everyone else you could try hanging out in some of the gardens or on the streets for some fab music. Pride is in June in Paris and the first day of June sees a magical pride take over Disneyland and then later in the month the streets of Paris become a big gay dance party for all to enjoy.
If you can’t love yourself. Then how in hell are you going to love another.
My Top Five things in Paris this June.
Diner En Blanc Since 1988 this picnic turned into dinner event of the year how’s wowed Parisians and tourists that have stumbled up on this iconic event. I was lucky enough to attend last year and this year I’m cooking for a table of 16. Set in a mystery location each year. Everyone must wear white and bring their food, tables, chairs, cutlery, plates oh and food and everything except the food has to be white. You even have to bring along white napkins.
Diner En Blanc Thursday 6th June 2019 https://international.dinerenblanc.com/about