It was in fact mainly to wonder around the beautiful city and go into pastry and chocolate shops! What made the day even more magical was the blanket of fluffy white snow that covered the buildings, trees and pavements. Whilst I was at the fabric show, my friend Alex wondered around and took pictures of the beautiful scenery.
I had downloaded two tours in advance of our trip from the A Girls Guide To Paris website. One was called, "Exploring Rue du Cherche Midi", and the other, "Pastry and Chocolate Tour". I had been to Paris previously so knew of a few places we could go for a walking tour, so we started at my favourite foodie type shop La Grande Epicerie. La Grande Epicerie is a little like the food halls in London's Harrods or Selfridges. It is filled with the most amazing counters of food. Everything from pastries, chocolates, cheeses, meats, pies and salads. They all look AMAZING and you just know they are going to taste delicious!
As we were near, we walked to the start of our first diy walking tour that started on Rue du Cherche Midi. The website sold it to us by telling us:
"We wind you through Cherche-Midi’s fantastic antique shops, secondhand stores, tea salons and cafés"
On to the rest of the tour. We followed it as far as we could, but there was something "going down" in Paris that day as the Police were blockading the rest of the road that we wanted to walk along. So we didn't get to visit all of the places on the tour, but we had a good go. Here are the highlights of the quirky and antique shops we did spot.
|I really want that giant book!|
Alex and I then headed to the starting place of our second tour, the pastry and chocolate tour!!! I must admit we went a little "off piste" at this point as the instructions were a little confusing. Basically if it said turn left on the instructions to find such and such, if we actually turned right we would find it. So we improvised, and turns out, there are A LOT of beautiful pastry and chocolate shops in Paris. Here are some of the highlights:
|Amazing Choclatiere that looked way too posh and expensive to enter, but beautiful chocolate creations in the window!|
|There is something about this that makes me want to smoosh my face in all the cakey goodness|
Anyway I think that is enough visual stimulus for one post. In my next post I shall take you on the remainder of our walking tour of Paris which includes the best macaroon shop in Paris, more scrummy food stops and a spot of being a tourist.
Lots of Love