Leaving Italy For Paris

by Erica Berman

Coffee is still good. Coffee is still cheap.

The sun is still shining. The Italians are still smiling. My taxi driver was friendly. I got to the airport too early. My check in was easy.

Un piccolo controllo at check in. I explain, with a smile, that the 5 suspicious little containers of liquid are actually Genovese pesto… for my Parisian friends who can’t do without it. Va benissimo. Vai.

Too many grammi, they say, but as long as it is pesto… Va bene.

Pesto is through customs. Pesto is intact. Pesto will arrive in Paris for dinner stasera. Spero di si!

I have time to kill. The sea is in the distance. Basta. Me ne vado.

Paris, I’m on my way.  Arrivo.

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Written by Erica Berman for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Erica Berman. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica came to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she never left. Erica is the founder and owner of Haven in Paris and the blog HiP Paris. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre), Maine (Damariscotta), Massachusetts (Lexington) and Italy (Genova). In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris, read, take photos, cook, ski, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Website

10 comments on “Leaving Italy For Paris

Beautiful post, Erica. Love your sense of humor. I will be traveling to Italy this September. Cannot wait. xo Zuma

Erica; I honestly think I’d prefer to do it the other way round. I simply LOVE Italia, the tiny, strong, wonderful caffè, the sea…. the pesto…. il vino, i gente!
wonderful post – so holiday-y… mille grazie!

Thank you for sharing with your thoughts. Italy is beautiful, but Paris is timeless. I lived there.. miss me so badly the city of love 🙁

Hi all. Thanks for your comments and compliments. Genova is fabulous and so worth visiting, as is the Ligurian region of Italy. A presto. -Erica

Smuggling pesto! Love this and the photos. Love your blog. Thanks so much!

Just found your blog and web site!!! Love it all! Thanks for sharing.

what stunning photos…love love love… xv

Nice post. I could do with a trip to Italy.

Winging my way to Italy soon can smell the coffee!
Carla x

Gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to Genova but you’re definitely making me want to go.

All the best


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