Back from Paris

ATS at the Eiffel Tower

I’m back in the United States, after the most amazing few days in Paris.  We did so much on our trip, I don’t think we could have done more.  We walked across so much of the city, taking in sights and history, museums and restaurants, hot spots and shopping.  I am utterly exhausted and so grateful for the whole experience.  It was, quite literally, a dream come true, and every moment felt like just that.

It is fascinating to immerse oneself in another county and witness the differences between cultures firsthand.  I love learning about the ways different cultures view situations and manners and all sorts of things.  I’ll tell you one small (yet big) thing I noticed– no one in Paris seems to fear gluten.  It’s everywhere.  The most delicious bread and butter at every turn.  I loved taking a break from constant carb awareness and enjoying so many things I’d avoid here at home.

Apparently, the differences in perspective may be well founded, as my friend who is a nutritionist mentioned before I left that gluten in Europe is different than in the US.  In fact, she said that many people with gluten sensitivities here are able to eat gluten with abandon over in Europe.  Fascinating, isn’t it?

I loooooved Paris, and I am already looking forward to going back.  And not just for the bread and butter.


  • LilyB

    Ali: Thank you for sharing your trip! I’ve been enjoying the pictures on instagram these past few days – It was bringing back memories of my trip a couple of years ago. I hope you had a really great time.

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago, and its great, very inspiring – I’ll be back often.

    Does your nutritionist friend say its possible to find bread with ‘European’ gluten here in the US?

    • Hi Lily-
      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you found my blog and am happy to hear you’ll be back. I loooove hearing from readers, so please do stay in touch.

      I looooved Paris so much. Did you? Do you have plans to go back? I want to start planning my return as soon as possible. 😉

      That’s a great question about ‘European’ gluten. I know that my nutritionist friend has mentioned that there are old-school forms of wheat and flour that are available here in the US that have a better effect on the system, but I’ll ask her your question and get back to you.


  • I’m so happy to hear that you had such an amazing time Ali. That’s awesome! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Theresa! It was so dreamy. I want to go back as soon as I can (and meanwhile, I think I’ll live there in my mind). I think you’d looove it. I miss you!


      • Yeah, I totally can’t wait to go. And I miss you too! Hope we can hang soon! xoxo