Top six to do in Paris🇫🇷

  1. Eiffel Tower/ Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel
  2. Seine River dinner cruise on La Marina
  3. Roué de Paris (Ferris Wheel)
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris
  5. La Cuisine cooking class
  6. The Louvre

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Bonjour everyone, and welcome to Paris! The city of Paris also known as the city of love, is filled with so much excitement, and plenty of attractions to see. Some of the attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Roué de Paris, and the Louvre. While visiting Paris for the first time this past spring, I instantly fell in love with the city and the food. Even though pastries are big over in France, my favorite was the escargot. I know escargot sounds crazy, but these were in a basil pesto sauce which made them taste unbelievable! Definitely worth trying when visiting Paris.

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My first favorite attraction in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the busiest landmarks in Paris.

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On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. This restaurant has wide open windows allowing customers to view the beautiful city from up above. The food that was served was very delicious. My favorites included the seared prawns for the appetizer, roasted chorizo stuffed chicken supreme for the main course, and the profiterole with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce for dessert. I highly recommend trying this restaurant if you’re looking for a special night with your loved one, or you just want to experience something new. Unfortunately, when I booked my reservation on their website, it said the restaurant was on the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it was actually mid-way on the second floor.

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After dinner was finished, it was nice to take a ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and be able to watch the sunset and see the whole city lit up. The view was breathtaking! Then, to make it even better, they lit up the Eiffel Tower every hour. This really made my stay in Paris so much more memorable.

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Secondly, a gourmet dinner cruise on the La Marina cruise ship down the Seine River through Paris Cityvision is a perfect way to view the city at night. During the cruise, customers enjoy a gourmet meal with a bottle of wine. The seating is set up for each party to enjoy their own individual table with a view through the large windows that continue through the ceiling. After being seated at our table, we were offered a glass of champagne and given a brochure with the map of our journey with all the highlights along the way. The three course meal offered a sampling of four appetizers and desserts with a choice of four entree options that included chicken, beef, fish, and vegetarian. The food was very delicious. My favorite included the thick steak with green pepper, potato rosette, and seasonal vegetables.

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Roué de Paris is a giant Ferris wheel in Paris that allows tourists to view the city of Paris from a new height. When viewers reach the top, they will be able to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. One of my favorite ways to view a city is by Ferris wheel, if the city has one. Riding the Ferris wheel definitely gives viewers a different perspective on the city. It allows you to truly take in the gorgeous city and the famous landmarks. As a person who loves to travel, I feel it makes you appreciate where you are and what amazing things the city has to offer.

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Notre-Dame de Paris is a famous cathedral in Paris. You will also recognize the cathedral in the animated Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. When we arrived in the cathedral, there was a choir rehearsal in progress. The acoustics in the church were unbelievable. It sounded absolutely beautiful. The intricate stained glass and woodwork as well as the history of the cathedral made the visit worthwhile. There were many tombs and statues around the outer perimeter of the cathedral that documents the history. It was definitely well worth the visit.

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Since France is known for their pastries, I decided to take a pastry cooking class at La Cuisine Paris. There are a variety of different pastries that can be made, but in this class we were taught how to make a Mille Feuille. A Mille Feuille is a Napoleon French pastry that can have either a vanilla or custard filling. It was the most delicious French pastry I’ve tried. You can eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert. For anyone who visits Paris, I highly recommend taking a French cooking class at La Cuisine Paris, and trying all the French pastries you can.

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Finally, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. It is also the busiest museum you’ll find. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find a variety of famous paintings and statues throughout the grand halls of the Louvre. In fact, the painting of the Mona Lisa was quite a sight. The room was so crowded that we couldn’t even get close to see the detail. This photo is with a zoom lens on my smartphone as I was holding the phone above everyone’s head. The museum has an abundance of history and art that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, this isn’t a museum that takes 2 hours to discover. It’s a museum that will take you a full day to go through. Beware of the massive crowds and try to find a time that is not so busy.

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I have truly enjoyed my time in Paris visiting all of the exciting places, and experiencing new things. Paris has truly been a dream come true! I definitely look forward to many more travel adventures in the future!!

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Osteria del Proconsolo (Florence, Italy)🇮🇹

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Buongiorno Florence, Italia! Today’s blog is on Osteria del Proconsolo. Osteria del Proconsolo is an Italian restaurant located in Florence, Italy on Via del Proconsolo, 59. In fact, we call it Florence, but locals say Firenze. There are many other restaurants to choose from in the city of Florence, but my favorite restaurant was Osteria del Proconsolo. This restaurant is a great place to stop at for lunch or dinner. We sat in a wonderful open atmosphere next to the large full size window that opened to the street, so you’re sitting inside, while enjoying the activity outside.

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Finally, customers have the option to pick between a variety of delicious desserts. My favorites included the Tiramisu and the Crème Brulee.

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I look forward to visiting Florence again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, are one of my favorite cookies, especially when they have a hint of cinnamon. This is my first time making these types of cookies, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. They are healthy, great for a snack, and super easy to make. This recipe is also a great way to get kids involved, especially during the mixing process. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Makes approximately: 40 cookies

Things you will need:

2 mixing bowls

4 baking sheets

Parchment Paper

1 cup of butter (softened)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

1 ½ tsp of ground cinnamon (Optional)

3 cups of oats

1 cup of chocolate chips

 

Instructions for Cookies:

  1. Using your mixing bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time into the butter mixture before mixing in the vanilla.
  3. In a septate bowl, add/mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, until all the flour mixture is incorporated.
  5. Next, mix in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Place cookie mixture in fridge for 1 hour until firm.
  7. Once the hour is up, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Scoop cookie mixture and roll into balls and place on lined cookie sheet.
  9. Once all the cookie mixture is rolled into balls, take a fork dipped in sugar and flatten each cookie.
  10. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let them cool down before transferring to a plate.
  12. Enjoy!!!!

Note: I recommend lining your cookie sheet with parchment paper to stop your cookies from sticking to the pan and becoming hard.

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Pineapple Fruit Bowl 🍍

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A healthy dish that I enjoy for breakfast or as a dessert is a pineapple fruit bowl. This is a simple dish if you’re looking for a healthier alternative, which is super fresh and great for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. I love that I can use any fruit I want inside the pineapple. The fruit that I used in this one included blueberries, nectarines, and sliced pineapple for the inside, then used the outer bottom half of the pineapple as my bowl. It is a great idea that I highly recommend. I have listed the recipe down below. I look forward to reading all your comments.

Things you will need:

Pineapple

Blueberries

Nectarine

Cutting board

Pineapple corer slicer

Carving knife

Instructions for Pineapple fruit bowl

  1. On the cutting board, slice off the top of the pineapple.
  2. Take your pineapple corer slicer and spiral slice the inside of the pineapple until all the fruit is out from the inside.
  3. Slice the pineapple into bite size wedges.
  4. Next, cut the pineapple shell about 2/3 of the way down to create your bowl.
  5. Wash and slice additional fruit into bite size pieces. I sliced up nectarines and added blueberries in this one.
  6. Then, mix up the pineapple slices and the other fruit you wish to add and place them inside your pineapple bowl.
  7. Enjoy!!!

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Miscele e Fuoco (Rome, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Rome is filled with a variety of restaurants, but my favorite was Miscele e Fuoco. It is located a few blocks from the Colosseum on Via Cavourright down the street from Hotel Romano. Miscele e Fuoco serves everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and cocktails. They have a variety of seating both inside and out. The food that I ordered was very delicious. My favorite dish was the chocolate waffle. It was super moist with tons of whip cream, and cut up strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was by far the best waffle I’ve ever had!!!! This is a meal I would recommend to anyone who eats at Miscele e Fuoco for breakfast. If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, I recommend their bowl of fruit. The fruit was amazing and super fresh. It consisted of pineapple as your base with strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon inside.

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Customers who sit inside will find the atmosphere very comfortable, and those who sit outside will find it a little busy on the street.The staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. I definitely look forward to coming back to Miscele e Fuocothe next time I visit Rome.

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Top things to do in Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

  1. The Colosseum of Rome
  2. Try some Gelato
  3. Italian Opera
  4. Spanish Steps
  5. Altare della Patria
  6. Vatican City

 

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Buongiorno Roma, Italia! Today’s blog is on the top things to do in Rome. There are plenty of things to do and see in Rome, and I have to admit that Rome is my favorite city in Italy. The weather in Rome was warm and sunny during the day and a little chilly at night. The things I enjoyed doing most while in Rome included the Colosseum of Rome, Gelato, an Italian Opera, the Spanish Steps, the Altare della Patria, and the Vatican City.

My favorite attraction was the Colosseum of Rome, also known as the Flavian amphitheatre. The Colosseum of Rome is located in the center of Rome right across from the metro station. In school, I remember doing a paper on the Colosseum of Rome, and to actually stand in front of it and explore the inside was a dream come true. It was definitely an experience I’ll remember. Here’s aa fun fact about the Colosseum of Rome, it was built in 70 AD and was the largest amphitheatre ever built.

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Besides the delicious pasta, I became obsessed with the Gelato. Gelato is a very delicious Italian ice cream that’s similar to a sherbet texture. Each gelato restaurant is filled with a variety of flavors. My favorites included mint, tiramisu, white chocolate raspberry, and mixed berry. Since a small one didn’t fill me, I ordered a bigger one, but with fresh fruit this time. It was very delicious, and very filling.

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Next, if you are looking for a fun evening out, I highly recommend seeing an Italian Opera. In Rome, I saw La Traviata at Salone Margherita. La Traviata is a three act opera. I purchased the option of watching the performance with dinner that included a 3 course meal. We ate the first course of the meal before the show, and then went to our seats to watch the first act. We went back to our table to eat the second course during intermission between acts. After the second act we had our third course, and returned to our seats to see the final act of the opera. They allowed us to bring our beverage to our seats in the balcony to drink as we watched the performance.

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The Spanish Steps is a very busy attraction in Rome. We climbed a total of 135 steps to get to the very top where the Trinità dei Monti Church sits. We also notice flower pots with beautiful flowers inside spread throughout the staircase.

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The Altare della Patria is a monument building in Rome built for the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel. The Altare della Patria is an amazing building filled with many statues and the history of Rome. The building had an elevator outside that took us up to the top of the building with an amazing view of Rome. We even saw the Colosseum of Rome from the top!

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Finally, another popular place to visit in Rome is Vatican City. Vatican city is the home of the Catholic Church and the Pope. The  museum, MCSEI VATICANI is the busiest museum in Rome. There are multiple lines of people down the street waiting to go inside to see the ancient artifacts. It takes hours to get inside, so I highly recommend going during the early hours of the morning when it first opens at 9 am. Also, if you prebuy your tickets, you can schedule your entry time to eliminate waiting in the long lines.

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I look forward to visiting Rome again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

Backyard Brewery (Manchester, NH)

The Backyard Brewery is a family ownedbrewery and pub located in Manchester, NH right down the road from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. There are many pubs and restaurants located in Manchester, NH, but this is one of my favorite restaurants to eat at everytime I’m in Manchester. They have a wide variety of homemade craft beers with a huge glass window in the brewery for viewing the beer vats while you enjoy your meal. Although they offer a variety of food, their most popular dish is prime rib, which is served everyday starting at 4 pm. When customers arrive, they will find a variety of seating in the dining room, the brewery, the pub, and outside on the patio, which is a great place to bring your dog.The food is a little pricy, but very high quality. Some of my favorite meals at the Backyard Brewery include their Prime rib with extraAu jus, and the Dragon steak with a side of chicky sauce. The prime rib is the best prime rib there is. It melts in your mouth. That’s how delicious it is.

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Next, the Dragon steak is a soy ginger flat iron steak with broccolini, pineapple salsa, and sriracha fries. The steak is very moist and the pineapple salsa complements the flavor of the steak very well. I will admit I did think the siracha fries were going to be a little too spicy for my liking, but they were actually very good. Not too much spice, but just enough to give you a taste of sriracha.

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Customers can also substitute their starch such as mashed potatoes with a side salad. My favorite salad is their Smokin Caesar which includes fresh parmesan, applewood bacon, and delicious caesar dressing.

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 Customers will also find the atmosphere a little busy both inside and outside, but the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. Finally, one of their best desserts is their Smore’s mud pie. This includes graham cracker crust topped with chocolate ice cream, toasted marshmallows and chocolate ganache. YUM!!!! Definitely one of my favorite desserts, and I highly recommend it. If you are interested in checking out Backyard Brewery online, click here: https://backyardbrewerynh.com

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