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Foodie Penpal Parcels.

For a few months now I have been  reading Bev’s Foodie Penpal Posts and eyeing up with envy ,the lovely food parcels she receives from all over Europe! Bev who blogs over at Confuzzledom 
joins in with Rock Salt’s Foodie Penpals parcel swap.The idea is every month you are assigned two different penpals ( You can opt out at any time,)one to send a parcel of edible goodies to..and the other to do the same for you.:) Sounds fun right! Who doesn’t love receiving surprise packages in the post. This month I signed up myself. 🙂

It turns out the parcel I was to send would be winging its way to Turkey. Melike doesn’t have a blog and says she can’t do any social  media at the moment, so I do hope she received it. Melike is a Vegan which made shopping for her a bit of a challenge!

Vegan treats for Melike.
Vegan treats for Melike.

Luckily after a little online research and scouting round my local supermarkets, I found the above treats for her. She said she has a sweet tooth so hopefully there is enough here to satisfy any sugar cravings she might have. If anyone is interested I found the Tiffin and Salted Caramel Nibbles in Sainsburys and all the rest ( apart from the tea) in Booths. Although I found out that there are quite a few unintentionally vegan friendly foods out there such as Jammy dodgers and Green and Black’s Dark chocolate I was unsure whether to buy them. The smallprint on the packaging often warned that traces of egg,dairy etc might have ended up in the products. What do vegans do in this situation? Do they still buy them or stick to ‘proper’ Vegan foods? I have mostly bought snacks which say that they are vegan on them for Melike.Just to be sure.I might just have to try some Moo Free Orange Chocolate for myself.:)


As well as selecting foodie stuff to send off, I recieved a wonderful parcel in the post too.Mine came from an English blogger called Laura who writes and vlogs about all things tasty at Foodie Laura.com 🙂
When you are allocated your penpals you are encouraged to email them your foodie likes and dislikes etc. I let Laura know that I have just purchased a slow cooker.So she obligeingly sent me lots of stew inspired ingredients! My other half made a slow cooked Chicken Casserole for his teas last week and I’m looking forward to making us both the beef and ale stew….with yorkshire puds of course.;)


Laura also sent me some delicious chocolate coated coconut macaroons.I immediately helped myself to a couple , sat outside in the September sun with a cup of salted caramel green tea. Thank you Laura!

If you are interested in European Foodie Penpals ( you don’t have to have a blog) take a look  here. And if you are in the States check out the Lean Green Bean  American Foodie Penpal Parcel swap.

Looking forward to October’s one now. 🙂

Paris ~ a bucket list.

We are hoping to visit Paris this year. We haven’t booked anything and it may not even happen. This has not stopped me from inventing itinaries and planning Paris inspired Pinterest boards though! Maybe ( if we go), When we have finished gazing up in awe at the Eiffel Tower and admiring the Arc De Triumph ,maybe we can explore a little bit more………:)

1)Vintage Carousels are seemingly popular in Paris.Several are dotted round the city including this one near the Eiffel Tower. How lovely to photograph the famous landmark from the vantage point of a vintage merry go round.
There are others in various parcs and gardens including the jardin du luxembourg and forum les halles.For many grouped together visit le musee de art forain~ a museum of all things carnival related. I’m surely not to old to take a ride on a beautiful carousel horse am I……..

2)Outdoor Swimming is not something one associates with the River Seine but maybe that is because I didn’t know about le piscine Josephine Baker a large barge moored on the banks near the Bastille containing an impressive pool. Named for the American born entertainer/resistance heroine Josephine Baker who found love and acceptance in Paris, it has a magnificent glass roof that opens up in the summer to reveal spacious sun decks.Make sure to take your speedo’s if your a boy and swim cap if your a girl ~ the general rules in french swimming baths.

Piscine Josephine Baker.

3) Pavement cafe’s in Paris are there to entice you to sit and watch the world go by I presume. Relax with a cafe au lait, a copy of Cherie by Colette and a sumptious french pastry.:-)

Parisienne cafe.

Paris Brest ~ named after a french bike race apparently.

4) Hunt out the miniature Statues of Liberty of which there are two in Paris. The original was of course a gift to New York from Paris so it is only fitting that the city has its own. The tallest is situated on a small island in the Seine (le Ill aux Cygnes) and at 37ft is tiny in comparision to its legendary counterpart.


I love the fact that the Eiffel tower rises majestically in the distance. An even smaller replica can be found in the jardin du luxembourg.

5) In the film Sabrina , Audrey Hepburn’s character says ‘paris is always a good idea’. She must have thought so herself as Audrey made several films in the city. I have only seen Funny Face where she danced with Fred Astaire and Charade in which she starred with Cary Grant. There are several more including Sabrina and Paris When It Sizzles.

Audrey with balloons in Funny Face.

To trace Audrey’s film locations saunter over to this charming blog My French Life for inspiration. 🙂

6) Two bridges over the Seine River in Paris are covered in ‘love locks’. Pont de Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche. Buy a padlock from rue de Rivoli , write your names on the padlock, lock it onto one of the bridges and throw away the key. Your love is now eternal! The river bed must be carpeted with keys.

Love Lock ❤

7) Browse the fabulous antiques, art and flea markets for that perfect book, print or trinket.

8) If you are feeling brave why not delve into the shadowy world of vampires. Le Musee des Vampires is a small private museum on the outskirts of Paris dedicated to Vampires and the undead. I myself may just be to scared. By private appointment only.

Vampire Museum ( picture found on the cool stuff to do in Paris website.

9) I would quite like to wander round the Pere Lachaise Cemetery however ~ a vast acreage of ornate statues and elaborate mausoleums dedicated to many famous names. Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Sarah Bernart and the french novelist Colette to name but a few. The most visited grave is that of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison apparently.

statue at Pere Lachaise. ( Picture by Christopher Levy)

The cemetery is home to a multitude of cats ( they are fed by people who live near by ) and it is said that the flowers on the grave of Colette ( a noted cat lover) are replaced regularly by her feline admirers ,come night fall……

10) And of course in Paris it would be wonderful to stay in a chic Parisienne apartment. I have noticed that a few bloggers I read have used Airbnb which is a website where people advertise rooms and also whole apartments relatively inexpensively. I may have to try them out !

Parisienne Apartment. 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed my bucket list. Have you been to any of the places featured ? Where do you love to go in Paris?

* note ~ none of the beautiful pictures in this post are my own. They are pinned off pins off pins on Pinterest and it was hard to find all there sources.