When we were in Paris in 2010 (you can see my Paris travel blog here, before this blog was ever born), we would go to the grocery store on the corner that was in this gorgeous and ornate old building. We'd buy a baguette from the bakery, brie from the coolers, and saucisson sec from the deli. We had never had it before, but we tried it all together, a little sandwich to take with us when we walked around the city and got hungry. We'd eat these sandwiches in parks on the iconic green chairs and in cemeteries on benches under trees in the serene calm.
We haven't had saucisson sec since our trip, so as a gift to S for Christmas, I tracked down some American made saucisson sec, made the French way, somewhere in Pennsylvania. I ordered some, over-nighted it, and kept it in the fridge until we opened presents. We enjoyed it with brie, of course, and crackers. Sliced thinly and layered with creamy brie, it was a little taste of France at home.
We recently went to one of our favorite antique shops, ready to buy with a gift card in hand. We bought this affordable little gem of a chair with it's gorgeous curved back and it's sleek wooden legs. It is scratched and has imperfections and it was obviously re-upholstered, but we liked it enough to bring it home with us. Sadly... we had to pass up this gorgeous orange Eames lounge chair that was missing a button. Although the price was a steal for what it was, we are not in the market for a lounge chair like that and have been putting all of our extra money into our South America trip coming up next month. Sadly, we had to walk away and thought, maybe, if it is still there next time we go, well then maybe it's meant to be.