Birds in Paris … What a nice life! September 29, 2007Posted by Georgete in Life, Photography, travel, Trips.
I took these pictures while walking on Quai Branly, the main road that runs along the left bank of the Seine river between the Pont d’Alma and the Eiffel Tower, in June 2005.
When I saw a men feeding birds with a piece of croissant (by the way, the ones with chocolate are my favorite), I got intrigued by the French cuisine. I was surprised to learn that “croissants” have its roots in Italy.
Yep! That’s true. The great French cuisine owes its existence in part to Catherine de Medici, who brought Florentine chefs to France when she arrived in 1533 to marry the Dauphin (who ascended the throne as Henry II later on).
Catherine’s kinswoman, Marie de Medice, arrived from Italy in 1600, bringing with her the recipe for puff pastry which has resulted in the croissant, perhaps the most famous of French foods.
Thank God I spent only three days in Paris. I think I gained at least 10 pounds for having (non-stop) “pain au chocolat.” Hummm!