Paris in the Footsteps of Julia Child

dehillerinI’ve been given an incredible opportunity to travel to Paris for work this week to host a travel group following a seven-day Julia Child-inspired itinerary.

In preparation for the trip, I read “My Life in France,” an autobiography by Julia Child and her grandnephew Alex Prud’homme. Julia and her husband, Paul, ventured to France in 1948 when Paul was assigned a job at the American embassy in Paris. Julia was immediately smitten. “Oh, la belle France—without knowing it, I was already falling in love!” The authors paint a vivid picture of Julia’s fun-loving relationship with Paul and their love affair with French food—-“the tastes, the processes, the history, the endless variations, the rigorous discipline, the creativity, the wonderful people, the equipment, the rituals.” Julia’s enthusiasm is absolutely infectious.

During the trip, we’ll experience many highlights of Paris, and also visit a number of areas Julia frequented during her time in Paris, like the kitchenware shop E. Dehillerin and the Rue Cler neighborhood where Julia liked to shop for meats, cheese, fruits, and produce.

I’m so excited to get to know the people with whom I’ll be traveling, and for this unique opportunity to experience the City of Light in the footsteps of Julia Child.

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