Over February in 2010, we visited Paris, France.
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Celiac Sisters visit the Eiffel Tower!

The French were extremely aware of Celiac Disease and Gluten Free. Our boutique hotel right off the Champs Elysees - Hotel Balzac - arranged to get us gluten free baguettes, cookies, cakes, and snacks to keep us going through our long days of touring. Every restaurant we walked into, we flashed our index cards in French explaining Celiac Disease, and each place found a way to accomodate us. We became accustomed to the French style of eating late, extremely long dinners, and their microscopic meal portions. The typical dinner was either grilled steak or chicken with vegetables and some sort of potato. A few places made us gluten free french fries in separate oil, which we couldn't have devoured faster! One place even made us a fresh batch of French Onion Soup without croutons.
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Us with our cousin Scott after dinner at Le Moulin de la Galette before we headed down to Moulin Rouge

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As dessert lovers, we were on a hunt for a gluten free French pastry. We read online that Ladurée, the famous French bakery, made gluten free macaroons. After dinner one night we stood on line for about 20 minutes in anticipation for the colorful desserts. Once we confirmed that they were 100% gluten free, we ordered one in every flavor. They were FABULOUS! Crispy on the outside and soft in middle, we were addicted. Just writing about it, we're craving them. Too bad they're so far away... If you go to Paris, Laduree is a MUST, whether you're gluten free or gluten full!

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Enjoying the colorful macaroons with our cousin Scott in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, coffee, rose (which tasted like poo pourri, but Scott loved!), pistachio, caramel, orange, licorice, praline and lemon.

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Gluten free and Celiac Disease awareness was much higher than here in the States. Every waiter and waitress knew exactly what it was, and we never needed to speak to the chef. Gluten free was a common issue, and finding something to eat was never a problem. If you're gluten free and looking for a vacation, Paris is a no-brainer! Hopefully the US will become more aware soon so travelling here for the French will be just as easy as it was for us!
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Au revoir!

Peace, Love, Gluten Free,
Celiac Sisters




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