Lost In Limoges

From the sheep-dotted pastures of France's underpopulated Southwest, Limoges rises in all its grey glory. The city's claim to fame: fine porcelain. The half-timbered houses of the Medieval center are surrounded by strip malls and McDo. Land-hungry Brits descend with flailing pocketbooks (thanks, RyanAir). The weather is remarkably cool year-round. Sure, I live on rue de Nice, but this is NOT the Cote d'Azur. Welcome to Limoges, "the middle of nowhere"-- or as Pierre says "everywhere"-- France.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Paul- The Ultimate Boulangerie



I escaped to the brightly-lit, too-clean, air-conditioned mall yesterday to work. Not for the inspiration, but more for the change of scene. Because in the downstairs, next to the Etam, Devred, and all those people-watchers who loiter on benches, there is a Paul. Oh, how I love Paul. The perfectly flakey crossaints, buttery pain au chocolat, dainty cakes and mouth-watering pastries. Who cares if it's a bobo chain that has an outlet in just about every train station in France. Actually, I wish there were more stores, maybe in Alexandria, Virginia and San Francisco (and not just the three measy little outlets in South Florida). Among all the couples, and older mothers and daughters, and university kids enjoying their afternoon gouter, I sipped a delicious cappucino and worked. Of course my coffee cup was accompanied by a perfect little profiterole on the side. Yum.

3 Comments:

  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger Pierre said…

    Paul is just a fancy-fake-fastfood-hightfat-industrial boulangerie.

    I prefer to go to a tiny little boulangerie, where i can talk with the owner about the weather and politics.

    Just a different way to see stuff....

     
  • At 11:30 PM, Blogger MWN said…

    oh really?! so when you go to the tiny boulangerie, you really say more than "bonjour, une baguette" and thanks, bye? hmm... at least at Paul, the customer is assured of the quality (perfectly delicious) across all its stores in France and beyond. i've had some pretty dry, butter-less (perhaps day-old) crossaints in no-name boulangeries :)
    (can't believe i'm making the argument for the chain store, by the way...)

     
  • At 8:24 PM, Anonymous paul said…

    i quote " oh how i love paul !"
    thanks a lot darling!

     

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