After a wonderful evening at the Orsay Museum the first night we arrived in Paris, we woke up feeling, well, hungry! We headed out to breakfast at Angelina's, not the cheapest breakfast in town, but a treat nonetheless. We didn't want to wander too far as we were headed up the street along the Seine to the beautiful La Cuisine Paris cooking school so that we could learn to make baguettes.
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Bread is a dangerous thing in the Misadventures household, both the mister and I can demolish a baguette at a single meal. So the idea of learning to make baguettes was certainly playing with fire! But I had visited La Cuisine Paris the year before and thought learning to make something we love would be a really fun way to spend a few hours during our trip.
Our class of 8 students was made up of visitors from all over the world who visit Paris often and had the same idea to learn something new in the city they love. We all instantly bonded with our instructor Diane over our love of France, Paris and French bread! Diane was an excellent instructor with a wonderful sense of humor that made our three hours together so enjoyable.
She clearly explained the ingredients and every each step of the process for making bread.
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She told stories, asked questions, teased people and made the class so much fun!
I don't have a lot of pictures during the bread-making process as my hands were full of flour and dough which doesn't mix well with my camera! We made baguettes and dinner rolls and fougasse. Fougasse is a flatbread from the South of France that you can add ingredients too, like a pizza. Once we baked all our bread we ate them!
Even though only one of the eight students had ever made bread before, I'd say we all did a pretty good job! Of course, we had Diane to help us and keep a watchful eye, but I certainly enjoyed the process of “getting my hands dirty” with the flour and dough!
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If you are looking for something fun to do while visiting Paris, there are dozens of courses you can take at La Cuisine Paris. Some in their beautiful school across from Île Saint-Louis as well as out in the farmer's markets throughout town. You can learn to make bread, pastries, including macarons (!) as well as French specialties like souffle or learn about cheeses and wine. Something for everyone.
Mr. Misadventure and I will be back to learn more…I've got my eye on the croissant class!
How about you? Have you taken a cooking class in another country? Have you tried to bake baguettes at home? Do tell!
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- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).