Planes, Trains & Automobiles

…. and Boats ….

… and still dreaming of Paris. 

The waters of the River Seine have always been the heart and soul of Paris. Paris has been invaded, occupied, and conquered by its share of foreigners over the course of two millennia, many of whom arrived by this waterway.

On our boat ride up and down the Seine I could not have bee bothered much by these “old buildings” the piped in tour guide was telling us about. Or who conceded when. It was much more fascinating watching the people going about their “normal” live. 

Or just living their lives, and leaving it up to our imagination and romantic motions, what these lives would be like. It is even more true when it comes to boats. It seems that the imaginations just runs away with it.

Lining the Seine are rows and rows of boats and barges from days gone by. Not hauling goods and commodities anymore, but sheltering its inhabitants and providing us the spark for our daydream, how brief it may be.

Some prettier that others,

Some more colorful than others.

Big, fancy, and practical …

And we are still dreaming of romantic lives on boats and rivers, forgetting the back-braking work that went into it. Bringing up families and hardships, carving out a living on the river ….

Published by ChefThomas

… born in Upper Austria’s Wels, I have done most of my growing up in Vienna. Only by sheer accident did I fall into the trade of Pâtissier. After a short apprentice ship at a Viennese Bakery, I was accepted for apprentice ship, at "K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Demel’s Söhne", one of the oldest patisseries in Vienna. Learning the trade from the very basics, as the Emperor two Centuries ago would have expected from a "Pâtissier to the Royal and Imperial Court" (That is what the older Pâtissier still calls himself). I soon took to travel the world. From patisseries in America, to hotels in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East, did I accumulate a wealth of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people. But the true excitement for me is in the "Viennese Café". Not just as an occupation, but as an institution in it own right.

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