Pizza in Paris – Pizza Marzano is Ooh, la, la!!

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Hello Lovelies,

I consider myself somewhat of a pizza aficionado.  My qualification are as follows – I’m an Italian from Jersey.  Clearly, my qualifications speak for themselves.  Even so, I’m not a pizza snob.  I will entertain any and all pizzas with various crusts and toppings – such as but not limited to, thin crust, thick crust, cheesy crust, just cheese, lots of veges and white pizza.  Are you hungry yet?

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I hope so because I am going to introduce you to a little gem we found on our first few hours in “as magical as everyone says it is” Paris, France.  Now I realize pizza may not be everyone’s first choice for dining in Paris, however, for my family it couldn’t have been a more welcome meal.  Pizza Marzano is located in Place Saint-Michel in the 5th arrondissement in Paris.  It is across from the The Fontaine Saint-Michel and walking distance from Notre Dame. It’s quite the hustle and bustle corner as the subway is also accessed at this location.

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Seeing as this was our first restaurant experience in France we were elated when our server spoke to us in English.  That of course, was after we unintentionally butchered their lovely language.  We are firm believers in speaking, or at the very least, making an effort to speak the language of the country we are visiting.  We believe this illustrates how much we respect their country.  In turn, we are always met with very gracious hosts, as was the case at Pizza Marzano.

For our order we stuck with an oldie but goodie…a plain cheese pie. It was good.  So good in fact, that we ate there a couple more times during our short stay. Their prices were reasonable and their restaurant was warm and cozy, which was fantastic because we were freezing!

Between the local bakery, the Sunday market and Pizza Marzano we ate like kings!  Our boys still talk about Pizza Marzano being one of their favorite restaurants.  Imagine that, not even teenagers and having one of their favorite restaurants located in Paris, France.  Ooh, la, la! These are exactly the fun memories we enjoy creating with our boys.  I’m very glad I was able to share this one with you.

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Until next time…If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Love, L.

Why Costa Rica is Great For Adults and Kids! Kiri Tapanti Trout Fishing!

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Hello Lovelies,

I thought I’d share a wonderful little place our entire family enjoyed when we were in Costa Rica.

If you haven’t been to Costa Rica before then you are in for a real treat.

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At the risk of stating the obvious…this how we travel to Costa Rica.

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Fun Fact…In Costa Rica the laws of physics do not apply – two object can actually occupy the same space at the same time…who knew?

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Ah, I just adore the hustle and bustle of the busy San Jose streets.

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

May I also draw your attention to the complete disregard for any assemblance of traffic etiquette.

Ironically, this is one of the aspects that makes Costa Rica even more entertaining.

Driving in this small country becomes a wonder unto itself.

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We are going to turn left.

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We love Pops!! They are located throughout Costa Rica and they have the best ice cream!!

Important Travel Tip – While traveling always know where to get the best ice cream!! Always!

You will thank me for this later.

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This is my “kids are getting too close to the water” face!!

I have many faces, in time you’ll understand why.
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My youngest with his cousin throwing rocks.

Boys will be boys!

Which leads us right back to why I have so many “faces”.

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This little gem is the Kiri Tapanti Mountain Lodge. It is located about an hour by car out of San Jose, in the Orosi Valley of the Province of Cartago.

Once you leave the city, the magic of Costa Rica really starts to unfold.

Lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains and some of the nicest people you will ever meet!!

We went to Kiri Tapanti for an afternoon of trout fishing.

I would certainly recommend coming here if you are looking for a unique experience.

As the following photos will show the grounds are kept pristine and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, aside from the occasional squeal when I caught a fish!

The staff was so friendly, as you will generally experience in Costa Rica.

After you have finished catching your fish the staff will clean and prepare them for transport if you so choose to take them with you. The other option is to have the chef prepare your “catch” to dine on at their restaurant.

In this case, my husband’s cousin decided to take the fish home with her – we were told they made quite the meal!!

There is also a mountain lodge on the property. Hopefully, next time we will have the opportunity to stay on their grounds and experience their beautiful lodge first hand.

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Look at these beautiful grounds. Tell me you couldn’t spend an afternoon here!

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That’s me – actually spending an afternoon there.

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The ponds are fed from a mountaintop spring which makes it’s way down into each pond, as opposed to the opposite which is impossible.

The elevations of the Tapantí region range from 1,200 meters (4,000 ft.) above sea level to 2,560 meters (8,400 ft.) above sea level with an area of 58,500 hectares (145,000 acres).

Animal enthusiast alert!!! There are over 45 species of mammals (some endangered), 260 species of birds and 28 species of amphibians, not to mention the hundreds of unique insects, to include the rhinoceros beetle. Which as the name suggests looks like an itty, bitty rhino!!

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If it is jumpable then it must be jumped!!

Obviously, this is an amazing place for kids.

Our boys ran up and down the mountains more times than I could count!! (Actually, I can count that high…I just chose not too)

Thank you Kiri Tapanti – my kids slept soooo good that night!!

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We are deep in thought devising a plan…we are coming for you fishies!

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This is my “OH gosh, I caught a fish – now what do I do?” face.

That is my “son without a face” face.

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These are the faces of defeat. Dun..Dun…Dun..

And that’s a shoe.

Until next time…Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the main reason I have trust issues.

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

P.S. The reason my son is without a face is because my darling does not want photos of our kids on the internet – so this is our compromise. Since I am so madly in love with him, I happily oblige. 🙂