My last morning in Paris...
I know..I know. Soon I'll be talking about my last second in Paris... Anyway I ran over to the Place des Vosges in the Marais for a relaxed walk around the parc and because I had spent my second day in Paris there with Jette and M.
For a bit of history, the Place des Vosges goes back to 1604 when King Henri IV built a Royal pavilion at the southern end of the square. It's now one of Paris' oldest squares. It's got free WI FI too if you happened to bring your laptop battery to Paris, which I did not :( Dogs are not allowed inside the park FYI. The fountain is at the center of square - all is perfectly symetrical. The fountain provides plenty of negative ions...or is it positive ions that are good for you? Whatever, it's a lovely peaceful place to come and avoid thinking about the unfinished packing back at the apartment...
The cafe Ma Bourgogne is the perfect place for lunch.
Naturally they serve the perfect Paris ice cream...
The arcades along the four sides of the park are full of art galleries etc. - fun to wander through. The Vicotor Hugo musee at #6 is free and interesting..bla bla bla
I loved this poster hanging at Ma Bourgogne. The colors are so Parisien but I couldn't find the gallery and decided it was time to run.
Here's a nibble after your hard work promenading - the BEST caramel macaron in Paris in my opinion and only a 6 minute walk away from the Place des Vosges.
You can find this macaron at Pain de Sucre on 14, rue Rambuteau 75003.
Why is it the best you ask?
Well it's filled with a ton of REAL melt-in-your-mouth caramel instead of that creamy ganache stuff. And the outer shell/coque is delicate and thin - croustillant as the French say.
So you have the contrasting crunch of thin bisquit combined with unctous yummy caramel.
I didn't just paint this baby, but I should have gone back and gotten a whole box of them.
Something to do next trip...