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French Sweets for Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve assembled some of my favorite French sweets…..photos, videos and recipe links included. 


France has given us countless delicacies:  éclairs, meringues, bon bons, petit fours, mousse, crepes, truffles, soufflé, crème brulee, tarte tatin….and on and on.  Taste the sweet temptations!


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Stroll through the Chocolatier.…enjoy the Nutella Crepe and Grand Marnier Soufflé. 


Are you hungry yet? 


Here’s a link to famous French dessert recipes:



Bon appétit!

Uzes and Pont du Gard

Uzes (oo zes) is a charming medieval town of 10,000. Place aux Herbes is the location of the thriving Saturday market, not to be missed!! I could spend my entire vacation just strolling the square. You’ll find every kind of regional speciality.

Be sure to stop by Philippe Deschamps Chocolatier at 17 Blvd. Gambetta, and ask for Patricia. Tell her I sent you. Heavenly chocolate. Check out my chocolate Christmas tree below. I hope it’s gonna fit in the overhead compartment!!!

Also see my photo with Papa Noel below.

Pont du Gard is our next stop. 2000 year old Roman aquaduct, built by the Romans at the time of Christ to bring water from Uzes down to the city of Nimes. Spectacular!!

 Click on the photo above to enlarge it.  See the tiny red and white dots above the first row of arches?  Those are people walking across the bridge.  The aquaduct is massive, and my photos don’t do justice to the size and magnitude.  It’s so much “bigger” in person!

We had a special tour that allowed us to actually go inside the aquaduct and see the thick calcium deposits the water left behind centuries ago.  I’m standing inside the smallest, topmost arch…this is where the water flowed through the aquaduct.  The bottom arches were just for support.

View from standing on the very top of the aquaduct.  Looking down, you can see the river below.