{Paris 4.28: Montmarte, Musee D’Orsay and Poilane Bakery}

Another gem from Du Pain et des Idees, a half loaf of the orange blossom water brioche. Decorated with candied nuts scented with rose.
Buttery, chewy and fluffy interior surrounded by a crisp golden crust.
Perfect for making one of my fave breakfasts, French Toast.
Topped off with a drizzle with my Hediard rosemary honey, sliced bananas and little chunks of Bordier butter dotted throughout. A wonderful way to start the day.
We headed out the Montmarte in the 18th arrondisement, the highest area of Paris (made found by the famous French movie, Amelie).
And primarily known for the huge basilica, the Sacre Coeur (the second most popular place for people to propose, the first is of course the Eiffel Tower).
The interior is just as detailed and beautiful as the outside.
The view from up here is unbelievable, especially right before sunset.
A creamy pistachio gelato for the long walk back down.
Passing the Montmarte cemetary, as seen on a bridge built below street level. Located in an old quarry. A final resting place for many famous artists, including Edgar Degas.
Passing the Moulin Rouge..
The view from the top floor of my favourite museum in Paris, the Musee D’Orsay. Housed in the Gare D’Orsay – a gorgous Beaux-Arts railway station. Best known for its impressionist and post- impressionist collection including well known pieces by Van Gogh, Degan, Cezanne, Monet and Gaughin to name a few.
No visit to Paris is complete without a trip to the most famous bakery of all, Poilane. Established by a young Normandy baker in 1932, they are best known for their large rounds of sourdough stamped with their signature “P”.
But my most favourite item here is their oh so crisp  tarte aux pommes.
Filled with chunks of caramelized apples and baked to perfection. I love the beautifully rustic free form shape, no two are alike. Definitely a highlight from our trip two years ago and just as delicious as I remember. The boy was pretty upset and jealous when I sent him this picture via email.
I also picked up a box of their Matcha flavoured cookie spoons for a gift.
Delicate butter cookies infused with powdered green tea used for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.
Speaking of tea, I got a lovely gift from Vincci – a fellow Calgary blogger who came to visit me here in Paris a few days. She brought back these yummy foodie treats from her trip to London. A tin of aromatic Garam Assam Chai from Postcard Teas.
And floral scented mini bars of chocolate wrapped in whimsical illustrations. Thanks Vincci!
It’s quite expensive to go out to a restaurant every night, especially living here for a month. Luckily the open markets here have such fresh ingredients, which makes dinners at home a delight.
Check out the happy dude on the package. It MUST be good.
Vegetable filled ravioli, white and green asparagus cooked in butter and lemon, sauteed cherry tomatoes and perfectly cooked duck breast with a crisp fatty crust. It was seasoned with just salt and pepper, but probably the most flavourful duck I’ve ever had. Enjoyed with a bottle of 2006 Chateau Fombrauge for a mere 20 euros at the grocery store (almost $100 Canadian back home).
 I can definitely get used to this…
4 Responses to “{Paris 4.28: Montmarte, Musee D’Orsay and Poilane Bakery}”
  1. prairiesummers says:

    Drooling. Anybody know how to clean an iPad? Lol

  2. coldprairie says:

    I’ve wished to visit Poilane’s bakery since reading about them in Peter Reinhart’s book. People travel from far away for those loaves, and ship them home as presents.

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