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Berthillon / Day 3 in Paris

Practicing being a lady of leisure

My routine in Paris seems to be settling in. 3 hours of French lessons every morning ( including a bizarre phonetics class in a recording studio setup ; more on that later). After class today I decided to get my hair done and then headed down to Berthillon on Ile St Louis for some ice-cream.

Amongst Parisians, Berthillon is supposed to have the finest ice cream in France. Being a connoisseur myself, I decided to put this to the test. Finding it was easy. Just cross the bridge onto the Ile St Louis after Notre Dame, walk down the main street and look for a big crowd of people. The line outside the shop ( considering that it was 5 pm on a Wednesday afternoon ) is impressive .

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There are about 70 flavours of ice cream to choose from. Most interesting are Rhubarb, Licorice & Creme Caramel. I stuck with the classics Chocolate and Strawberry. Is it the best ice cream I've ever had? Yes, undoubtedly. The Strawberry was incredibly tart and also sweet. Sort of like strawberry jam in ice cream form. I only wish there were actual little bits of strawberry to be found. The chocolate was brilliant. It didn't taste sugary or sweet, just of chocolate with a bitter & dark after taste.

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I highly recommend a visit. Though you might want to forget about the calorie counting on this one!

Posted by carol.maseyk 10:44 Archived in France Tagged food sights berthillon

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