Thursday, 14 May 2015

Paris - playing tourists & eating macarons

Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

Bonjour everybody!

I am writing this from RAINY London (touchy subject) and feeling awfully reminiscent already for the lovely time we had in Paris last weekend.
I took hundreds of photos as usual and while I won't be posting them all on my blog (you can find a link to the full Flickr album at the end of this post), I do want to try and include as many as possible.

Soooo if you hate photos of world-famous landmarks, beautiful sunny Paris skies & mouth-watering macarons, I suggest you look away.

Can I just say right now that from the moment we entered the airport terminal in Paris, the smell of freshly baked pastries enveloped us & turned two tired girls into a hungry frenzy. My thought that that was just a stereotype was proven wrong pretty quickly, hence why our first stop was a boulangerie...

Almond croissant, Paris

We were lucky enough to stay with a friend of Agata's from Poland who is a student in Paris, and another one of her Polish friends met us there too so it was a lovely wee group! 
After the initial reunion, we got stuck into some serious planning to make the most out of our 2 1/2 days.

Planning our day old-school, Paris

First stop: Pantheon!

Pantheon, Paris

Can you spot the tourists?

Pantheon, Paris

We wandered along the river to the Notre Dame cathedral..

River Seine, Paris
Notre Dame, Paris

And took more touristy photos! (There was a lot of this.)

Notre Dame, Paris
Looking over the River Seine, Paris

This bridge might look familiar to some?

The love lock bridge (Pont de l'Archevêché), Paris

As might this gorgeous glass pyramid!

Louvre, Paris

More touristy photos were taken, with some pretty hilarious/downright weird poses happening before the final shot...

           
           

THE MONEY SHOT. Boom.

Louvre, Paris
Louvre, Paris

Next stop was a little shop with a big line, from which we got this beautiful bag.
Any guesses as to what might be in it?

Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

Only THE BEST THINGS EVER KNOWN TO MAN: Macarons.

Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

The weather was starting to perk up so we wandered back over the bridge to some beautiful gardens (Jardin des Tuileries if you want to visit), perfect for eating the afternoon away.

River Seine, Paris
Adorable old Fiat, Paris
Blue skies, Paris
Jardin des Tulieries, Paris

See I had never tried a 'proper' macaron, only a try-hard one from Starbucks or something in NZ. I sort of dismissed them as "overrated" and "too much hype". 

Little did I know, they are the most delectable little morsels that ever existed!

Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

And even if you don't like the taste (you can't sit with us), they're pretty damn gorgeous!

This baby was passionfruit, rhubarb & strawberry. Not at all too sweet like you might expect - just the right amount of creaminess, tanginess and a melt-in-your-mouth texture like no other.

Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris
Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris
Macarons from Pierre Herme, Paris

Who's hungry?! I know I could definitely go for some of those macaroons now. I might just have to stop by the Pierre Herme shop in London this weekend to fulfil that (perfectly-justified) craving...

If you'd like to see more photos from my trip on Flickr, you can check them out here. I will be adding more to the album as I organise myself/my life and finish editing.

The second part of our first day will be up tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Thanks for reading,

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