Travelling around the world, wandering the streets, living like a local… This is what inspired me to write Letters from my Suitcase. A way of sharing my travel stories by sending you a drawing I made of a particular place of the city I am in. Intrigued? Visit my Etsy shop to find more.
Now here am I, walking in Le Marais in Paris.
Bonjour tout le monde,
I was in Le Marais looking for Picard, a French grocer that has delicious takeaway frozen gourmet food. In France this is called a plat surgelé. Their lime chicken with cilantro sauce and mashed sweet potato is one of my favourites.
It was intuition that made me look up to see one of those oh, so iconic French lampadaires framed by aristocratic mansions. While Paris was already known as la ville lumière because of enlightened thinking in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the way the city embraced innovative public lighting that popularised the endearment.
I stayed in the moment, admiring the charm, the ambience created by the changing dance between light and shadow beneath my feet. I wondered what events had been illuminated by these lamps and who had strolled the boulevard before me.
And the lime chicken? I changed my mind and chose the papillote salmon pasta instead.