{Back home…Paris recap week as promised}

Bonjour everyone!

So sorry for my absence from the blog for the past week and a half, I tried to absorb every little bit of Paris I could and the slow internet connection and wacky french keyboard at our hotel was just not worth wasting time over. So as promised I will be doing a recap of my 10 day Paris trip over the next week 🙂

It was an insanely long flight back. Paris was in the midst of a massive strike over the government raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 which resulted in strikes everywhere which meant low fuel shortages and cancellations of a ton of international flights.

So let’s start from the beginning.. we set out on our long flight to Paris via Seattle to Reykjavik, Iceland to Paris (a long 16 hour flight)..luckily on one of our flights there was some complimentary wine 🙂

..enjoyed while reading up on sites and brushing up on my french phrases..

…our flight from Seattle to Iceland was about 7hrs..almost there…

here is the sunrise from the plane over Iceland..

At last, 16 hours later we arrived in Paris around 1pm local time and settled into our beautiful boutique hotel right in the center of Paris in the 8th Arrondissement. Here is the view from our hotel room on the top floor of the hotel..

We took the stairs once…this was the most cramped and dizzying staircase ever! I can’t believe people would go up and down this before the elevator was installed here

I was eager to inhale my first Parisian pastry so we headed over to one of the patisseries in our area, Paul – founded in 1889 that has now become a network of over 360 stores throughout France. The offer a selection of country-style and fancy bread, viennoiserie (croissants, etc.) pastries, cakes and desserts, snacks and sandwiches (made to order) to more than 5 million customers every month.

Behold this flaky tarte aux pommes sprinked lightly with sliced almonds and a dash of icing sugar..Flaky-light and crisp browned puff pastry crust filled with applesauce and little pieces of apple that melt in your mouth…

The feeling of your teeth sinking into the seemingly thousands of crisp layers of pastry is unlike any other I’ve had in Calgary, pure bliss…

For our first day, I was eager to walk around one of the major foodie areas of Paris in Madeleine…the storefronts of each store were so unbelievable and beautiful, here was a shop specializing in caviar..

For a mere 250g of that blue container, it will cost you a swell 1355 euros! Geez louise.. talk about decadance..

Our hotel is located just a couple blocks from the famous luxury department stores Printemps and the Galleries Lafayette…this gorillla was part of a Betsey Johnson display..

Here is Hediard…a high-end grocer specializing in luxury foods, everything from wine, tea, chocolate to foie gras, sweets, etc..this place has it all..

Here are one of the patisseries on my list of go to places… Laduree..

A gorgeous tea salon that specializes in the infamous macarons…indulging Parisians since 1862. For all of you who do not know, macarons are small, round almond based cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle. These are  made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. With each new season, Ladurée pays tribute to this its most famous creation by creating a new flavour.

Fun fact: Laduree was commissioned by Sophia Coppola to produce all the sweets on the set of the Marie Antoinette movie with Kirsten Dunst.. I picked up a small box of 6 to try..even the box screams indulgence and luxury..

Starting from the left: chocolate, orange blossom, pistachio, rose, hazelnut praline and gingerbread…oh my…these was unbelievable!! Pure perfection, my favourites were the spicy and aromatic gingerbread, very reminiscent of christmas and the amazingly floral rose – which was just like smelling a large fresh bouquet.

For dinner I thought I would try to get some greens into me, so I ordered a giant salad nicoise – hardboiled eggs, anchovies, shredded carrots, tomato, cucumber, olives, tune and some hearts of palm, all lightly dressed in mustard dressing..

Tune in for my next post which includes goodies from on the most famous stops in Madeleine.. Fauchon..

One Response to “{Back home…Paris recap week as promised}”
  1. Tatiana says:

    Those macarons look amazing, even though I don’t have a big sweet tooth. I’ve simply heard so much about them that now they’re on the bucket list.

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