I've thrown down the gauntlet to the almighty peony and shall not give up till I've won the joust with watercolor as my weapon.
Back to Versailles. The purpose of my afternoon trip was to explore the patisseries and the Notre-Dame marché. Maison Guinon was first on the list simply because it was closest - 60, rue de Paroisse, the main shopping street in Versailles that leads right up to the gardens.
There's a grandiosity to the shops and products in Versailles, as if at any moment they might get a rush take-out order to send up to the palais. Look! Another pretty ciel bleu. These heavenly painted ceilings seem to be reserved for patisseries and salon de the. So far I haven't seen them elsewhere..? Have you?
Very grande gateaux wouldn't you say?
One of the house specialties - le Courchevel. Vanilla cream-filled with crushed rasbperries and a crepe drapped on top.
Next up the rue at #44, rue de la Paroisse, Maison JC Gaulipeau is almost too grand to enter...
I suppose if one were riding horseback it would be easier to see...
Again tartes and gateaux fit for a queen!
Have you noticed the profusion of raspberries? I did.
In the marche Notre-Dame, a big square of surrounding buildings is the answer. These are REAL raspberries like the kind you picked as a kid and they taste real. Sweet and not at all uniform in size.
A typical fruitier in the marche - somehow more fabulous that ones I've seen in Paris but it could be me getting into the spirit of things, thinking suppose I were queen...
The marche has 4 main entrances and square itself is filled with venders as well. Clothing on Saturday..
Displays from a nearby epicerie makes me think of banquets, mountains of rare delicacies...
A piece montee in a window.
Do look up. You may see a harp in a window.
And hear Baroque music wafting by as you browse the gateaux...
More information on visiting the town of Versailles at Marjorie Williams.