Just got home from London and Paris
The trip was a gift to our oldest grandson for his high school graduation--two years after the fact. Yup, COVID got in the way of that, too.
Since it was Josh's trip, we built it around his interests. Much fun and lots of great memories but bakeries didn't figure into the mix. In spite of that, my wife and I were both blown away by the bakeries/patisseries that we did notice in our perambulations. The creativity and craftsmanship of the bakers who turn out such beautiful loaves and pastries is beyond impressive.
Since most of our dining was done in restaurants, our exposure to baked goods was limited to what was available with our meals. Overall, quality was pretty good, some even very good. Even the French version of a cheeseburger that I had in one bar came on a bun that was delicious in its own right.
Assuming that we get back to Paris at some future date, I definitely want to devote part of our time there to a bakery crawl, or two.
That was a great thing to do for your son Paul, I’m sure it is something he will remember and appreciate forever. The Parisian bakeries are amazing, we also didn’t get to go to as many as I would have liked, then again, when I went to Paris I wasn’t baking at the time. It would be so fun just to do a week of going to bakeries. Happy New Year Paul.
Paul, this link is a bit dated (from December 2019) to a map posted by the BBGA, but perhaps it will give you a start when planning your bakery hopping. At least that is why I saved the link in the event my wife and I ever return to Paris.
Bakery Tour 2020 - Google My Maps
While I knew that Eric Kayser had more than one store, I didn't realize he had a whole chain of them. And there are so many other possibilities, as well! I think my wife might rebel if I tried to visit all of them, so this will take some careful planning.
Your grandson is a very lucky lad, good to see its wet your appetite Paul we might even see you come this way perhaps.
and New Zealand, too. Given the distance, I'd love to spend at least of couple of weeks (preferably longer) in Australia, just to get a sense of what your beautiful country is about. That won't be nearly enough time for a full immersion, I know. Still, I'd like to meet you and Ross and other Australian TFLers, if possible.
Distance is both the the problem and the blessing. Even here in Perth its 3 time zones different to Sydney a 4 hours 15 minute flight. or a 65 hour trip on the Indian Pacific train (iconic trip) i've yet to make myself it is on the list. We did the cruise from Sydney around NZ and thouroughly enjoyed that a beautiful place and again plans to do a camper (RV) there one day and ditto for Tasmania.
i haven't spoken to Ross for a while which reminds me i should make contact with him an d take him to see a local bakery that is doing great stuff i know he will be bowled over and make his day. You will have to start your list of things you want to do and see and how much time you have to do it.
And I had no idea it even existed. One of a great many things in that category, I suspect.
We obviously need to move this notion from the bucket list into active planning.