Wednesday, 15 August 2012

J'adore Paris: Part Deux

Enjoying the most amazing dessert I've ever had - it was fresh, sweet and delicate.  Joe loved it too and he isn't a fruit fan at all.
 The interior of Ladurée oozed heritage and style.  Eating here was a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to have visited. 

 The view from the top level of the Musée d'Orsay, with the sculptures below.  You aren't allowed to take photos of the art work as you may fade the paintings (hence I have no record of anything else in there) and I was shocked to see people disobeying this rule.  Some of the works of Monet and Vincent van Gogh are featured here.

 This restaurant was something else entirely.  The nicest, strangest and most sytlish restaurant I've been in! It has an amazing centrepeice - the clock face at the back wall there. 

 The above two photos are taken from the top of the Musée d'Orsay.
 The Musée d'Orsay's exterior, a former rail station.
 A lovely view of the Seine near the Musée d'Orsay.
 Situated on the Rue de Rivoli, La Cure Gourmande had wonderful biscuits, nougat and caramel.  I could have spent a lot more euros than I did in there! 

 Again, Angelina's is nestled on the Rue de Rivoli and I wish I'd had more time and the hunger for it! We stumbled across this beautiful patisserie after reading about it on the internet, known to be one of the greatest places to eat in Paris.  I had just eaten when we found it and couldn't have possibly stomached more delectable delights.  To be visited next time!

 You can tell how much I spent in Ladurée (I bought a day bag, notebook, a box of their speciality tea and a key ring).  I wish I had an unlimited supply of  Ladurée in my life, their macarons are a delight that you just couldn't get bored of.  Don't you think that even the bags are chic?
 A typically Parisian street next to our hotel - tightly packed cars and filigree-esque balconies on the buildings.

 We returned to the Avenue Montaigne on the last day to get pictures in better light (we went there at dusk before).  Carrie Bradshaw fell in this Dior!
 One of Dior's windows - high end designers have the coolest visual merchandising.

 Oh Chanel! I will have money for some of you one day!

 Can you spot me? This roundabout is so picturesque.  Why can't ours look like this?

 My macarons are in this box.  How lovely, tasteful and stylish is it?

 Finally took to a garden and shared the macarons. 

 Perfect macarons in my opinion, very different to Pierre Hermé, more chewy and gracefully bursting with flavour.
  My favourite was the purple macaron, which was violet flavour.  My Second favourite was the bold yellow, citron flavour.  
 What flavour of macaron to devour next?

Enjoying a glass of champagne in the café across the road from our hotel, on our last day.  Champagne has never tasted so good.  The café experience in Paris is so special.  You have to be seated, waited on and you pay later.  I wish all places were like this because everything would feel like an occasion.  The staff are also extremely respectful.  They take their job very seriously.


  1. A holiday to remember. Beautiful pictures. I'm so jealous. You pulled off chic to perfection.

    1. Thank you Paula! :-) You have to go, you would get so much out of going. It's a wonderful place. xx

  2. Great pics! I remember going to Laduree in paris and had amazing pastries and cakes. I'm going to Paris again soon so will make sure I drop by for another visit :)

    1. Oh wow!! Lucky you. Definitely go to the shop and cafe they have in Concorde. I'd have to find you the street name. Where are you staying? xx

  3. I love Laduree - I'm lucky to have three that I can visit in London but they don't sell all the keyrings etc. I never tire of the coconut or the green apple macarons. The Christmas chestnut one is heavenly too!

    1. Oh wow, where are the 3?! I know there is one in Harrods! I didn't try either of those flavours unfortunately, but I will on my next trip to London now you have recommended them :-) or wait til Xmas so I can try the chestnut flavour. The merchandise is wonderful, I'll have to post a picture of my bag. xx

  4. Oh those macarons.... so beautiful, so perfect! And yes, even the packaging is to die for!

    1. Those Macarons were amazing. The best! They just seemed to hav everything going for them, great branding, packaging, heritage :-) and the nicest flavours and texture. Expensive, but worth every penny. They are sold in London, so my next trip will be nipping into Harrods to get some! xx