Paris is very much 'ciel bleu' /blue skies these days and the temperatures are right up there.
I thought I'd stroll over to Paris Plages - the summer 'beach' along the Seine created with real sand but no waves to get your feet wet.
I was surprised what fun it is! Near me at Pont Sully loads of Parisians are lolling on blue and white stripped mats on the grass and having picnics like mad.
By Hotel de Ville there are outdoor cafes, water fountains, ice cream stands, you name it.
Who could resist?
I had a cooling lemonade in the shade.
There's a Batobus stop right by the café. I decided what the heck.
One of you asked if Parisians are wearing flip flops dans la rue? At the pool yes.
But in the street jamais. All manner of sandals are de rigueur.
Quite a few PBers sent me the link to Lindsey Tramuta's story in the Wall street Journal on the top 5 trending Paris pastries. Thank you! Naturally I felt obliged to taste the little sponge cakes at Japanese patisserie, Ciel 4, rue Monge 75005
Plenty of exotic flavors like Basilic and of course Thé vert matcha.
I peeked in the back fascinated by the mini angel food cake molds. Did your mom make this cake too?
At Ciel they offer a little lunch tray of sandwiches plus a passion fruit miniature sponge.
Are sponge cake and angel food the same thing? Inside is mango cream. Light and refreshing. Airy.
Outside Ciel has soft-serve ice cream - thé vert and fleur d'orange.
Who could resist? Not yours truly. I was going to do August's Paris Sketch Letter on ice cream but I decided against it. Someone has been eating too much ice cream! Oink Oink. Hope you're having a fun summer too PBers! Cheers Carolg