Where to Find the Best French Bread-from Paris to Provence
I’ve had a fondness for French bread and boulangeries since I first landed in Paris to study abroad some (ahem… shall I say quite a few?) years ago. I lived in the 14th arrondissment in an old-fashioned building called La Maison des Etudiantes. We were obliged to share a room with a native French speaker, which, truth be known, was a brilliant plan.
In the foyer of this building was an amazing vending machine with fresh- off- the- rack croissants and pains au chocolat for sale. Imagine walking past that several times a day en route to your room! For the grand price of 25 centimes (about 25 cents back then), keplunk, out popped a delectable if not fattening, snack. Those were the days…
Now I can eat far fewer pastries and keep a svelte figure but I still absolutely love French boulangeries. Imagine my delight to find the best one EVER right out the front door of my flat in Uzes, France, across the Boulevard des Allies, a few more steps and you’re at La Boulangerie Provençale.
I asked our local baker, Martial, if there was a secret behind his amazingly superior baked goods. “Ah Madame” he mischievously replied, “If one has a secret, then one must not tell that, n’est-ce pas?”
Imagine having to work my way through many divine desserts, croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin and finally fougasse- a Provençale bread typically in the shape of wheat.
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