Monday, November 10, 2008

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte - Salon du Chocolat

 You insisted I attend Chateau Vaux le Vicomte's Salon du Chocolat so I dragged myself off yesterday with former San Fransican/now Parisienne Susanne to check it out. 

It was Susanne's first time and my 3rd so I was the guide.

Ah the smell of it! Throughout the chateau - it was inescapable...
Tower upon tower of to adorn mini crepes made-to-order

A giant tower of chocolate macaron sculpture.
The French obsession with towers goes beyond the Eiffel Tower... seems.
The piece de resistance in the chateau's Grand Salon made by Frederic Cassel.
Lots of people too, but nothing like the Paris Salon du Chocolat or Versailles so completely managable.
Lots of dipping.
Some chocolate "glue". Miam
More dipping.
Chocolate covered almonds from Mazet Confisieur.
 Moliere was there, since he attended many balls at the chateau in former days.  
...with his latest creations, chocolate-covered macarons.
Plus his excellent uncovered macarons.
After we'd filled up on chocolat.
They sent us off to divine divans for a much needed nap, before trudging home laden with bags of chocolate. Quite a grand trick or treat day. Thank you for insisting I go PB readers!


  1. Everything looks so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us, Carol!


  2. elenore1:47 AM

    I can smell the chocolat all the way from here in Australia!!!

  3. chelsea1:48 AM

    So glad you forced yourself to go on out behalf :)
    I wouldn't have missed this virtual visit for the world!
    Bon Voyage


  4. Evelyn1:48 AM

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh I want to go there. It is absolutely beautiful.
    bisous bisou

  5. grace under pressure1:50 AM

    Decadently romantic and so French.
    I would like to join Susanne on your next tour of the chateau - as long as there is a chocolate event going on...ahem

  6. rosebud1:51 AM

    Great pictures!

    Thanks for sharing another chocolate adventure with us!

  7. Judith, your Aussie shadow3:16 AM

    The Chateau looked so wonderfully majestic sitting back in the grey sky, and now chocolate covered macarons - oh my... I would love to try these.
    Merci for the wonderful photos - I am so glad you got to go...

  8. vicki4:09 AM

    Don’t waste time – finish up those delicious macaroons up!!
    (they are very little after all)

  9. oooooh....I wish you can bring home the macaron sculpture.

  10. Oh wow. I can smell the chocolate just looking at these photos. Yumm. OMG Chocolate covered Macarons. I'm drooling. Thanks for going again and sharing this.

  11. What a divine post! I’m drooling over here in Chicago, everything looks incredibly delicious!

  12. The colors and subject matter of your photos are a sensory delight to me.
    Thank you for your efforts to share this lovely aesthetic.


  13. Veronica10:46 AM

    Hi Carol,
    I was wondering if you are familiar with this street and where it is in Paris:
    28 rue de l’Abbé Grégoire,
    75006 Paris
    It is the address of Ecole Ferrandi.

    Enjoying the accounts of your trip. Makes me want to pack my bags and go there right now!


  14. Elizabeth10:49 AM

    Thank you Carol.
    This is wonderful! I am just beginning to make chocolate.
    This is so inspiring.


  15. mELANIE11:39 AM

    Dear Carol,
    You must be in heaven--Macaroon Tower makes my day complete--

  16. what a treat. thanks for sharing.

  17. Oh, Carol--I can sooooo see that last image as one of your paintings. I predict it will be on display at Etsy sometime soon. ;))
    lovely shots! Have fun!

  18. It is 3 pm California time... I went to visit your beautiful blog and I need that afternoon snack.... oh you make me sooo want to be there...

  19. Oh my heavens!! The chateau, the chocolate, the delights, the chefs, the unparalleled French atmosphere... all too good to be true! The chocolate covered macarons... I must try them! Oh, I can't wait to get back to Paris. So happy you are there right now to help us dream and enjoy!

  20. Yes, yes, I know we demand a great deal from you, but it's only for your own good. Seriously.

  21. AMAZING!

    Thanks for sharing….
    How are you managing the “waistline”?


  22. What waistline?
    I lost sight of my shoes as soon as I hit terra Paris.
    I can only see macarons where aire I gaze...
    and chockies...
    actually I'm ready to go cold turkey and am a bit sick of it all.
    I'm leaving behind a fridge full of macs.
    Let me know if you want the address.


  23. You make me want to pack and go to Paris NOW! Superb post!


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