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Monday

Guest Post: Paris from the eyes of Emulating Emily

The next holiday I have is to visit all my friends in New York in about eleven weeks. So, I decided the best way to cure my holiday blues was to have a fellow blogger tell me (and all of you) a little bit about some of the travels they had been on. 

We are starting the series of guest blog posts with the beautiful Emily Fata from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Somewhere I definitely need to visit at some point in time. If you enjoy this post, then make sure you take a peek at her blog http://emulatingemily.com, but for now, take it away Emily... xo

La Vie en Rose: Immersed in Parisian Opulence


Last October, after having been separated from my favourite country for four and a half years, I decided on my twenty-second birthday in late August that I would go to Paris by the end of 2016. I asked my mom if she’d be willing to come with me and gave her exactly one week to make the decision. By the end of those seven days, our flights and hotel were booked, and I had purchased us each the Paris Pass (http://emulatingemily.com/the-parispass/) complete with métro tickets for our eight-day stay.

Despite having been to this deeply cultured city before, I was once again swept off my feet upon immersing myself into the heart of the City of Lights. Though I could write pages and pages of the countless things to do in Paris, I will be focusing on a particular aspect of it in today’s post: a selection of three of the most awe-inspiring places, visually, that the city has to offer.


Palais Garnier (Opéra Nationale de Paris)
8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

With construction beginning in August of 1861, this ornately decorated opera house is home not only to countless Parisian ballets and operas, but also the setting of Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera. I had the pleasure of going on a guided tour through this palatial structure, learning the history of each room and the symbolism you can find even in the opera house’s most minute details. The most spectacular of rooms, in my opinion, was that of the Grand Foyer. I have never seen something so absolutely lavish in my entire life (fourth photo below).



Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich

Who doesn't love a quick, easy, and extremely tasty lunch?
Well, even if you don't I'm sure you're not going to be able to dislike this one. 

Not only is it ridiculously tasty, it's super healthy as well. I was rumbling around in the kitchen and wanted to make something filling, that I wouldn't have to spend hours standing over the stove making. I'm not a massive fan of canned tuna, so thankfully we buy the Albacore tuna in a jar with olive oil from Waitrose. You can store it in the cupboard until you open it and then once opened you just put it in the fridge and use it within a week or so. Personally, I prefer it to the canned stuff, but whatever takes your fancy.

Thursday

London: Dishoom; Bombay Cafe

When my foreign friends ask me where I'm from in England they automatically assume it's close to London. Living in the Cotswolds (which is actually where I live) isn't really too far from London when you think about how small our country is in comparison to others, but it's still far enough away that I don't get to go there as often as I would like. So when my friend Julie came across from the States to visit, I had to go down and spend some time with her there.


It is a beautiful place to walk around and explore in.
Especially if the weather's nice. Which is a bit hit or miss in England, but hey ho.

Wednesday

Layered Pancakes

I am a lover of the Oliver. The Oliver being my main man Jamie. 
I know a lot of people aren't fans of his, including many chefs, but I'm going to put that down to the fact they are jealous that they can't be travelling the world and have to be stuck in a kitchen 24/7. Ssssh, don't tell them I said that, chefs can be very grumpy. 

Now, back to the good stuff. 
PANCAKES.

So, in England, we have this day called shrove Tuesday, known by the majority as Pancake Day. Most people don't really know what it actually represents, but it gives us an excuse to scoff our faces with pancakes... so I'm not complaining. 

This is the my take on the definition, "The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. 'Shrove' means being forgiven for wrong-doings". So basically, the wrong doings are us eating copious amounts of pancakes with chocolate, or lemon and sugar, or marshmallows, or cheese, or whatever else takes your fancy before you decide to give something up for a little over a month. This year it's from March 1st - April 13th, any ideas what you're going to give up for lent yet?

Okay, now the actual good stuff.