Little fold-out paper trees in a kiddies shop on rue Mabillon.
Alternative trees in a fleurist on rue des Courcelles.
Everything you could possible dream of.
Real sapin too by the way.
I fell hard for the Santa rat but Bear back home said NON!
Look! Sapin-green gelato!
In 3-day old new gelato shop, IL GELATO DEL MARCHESE3, rue des Quatre Vents 75006 I discovered yesterday. I ordered nocciola(hazelnut) and an espresso. When they weren't looking I popped some gelato into my espresso. YUM.
Molto elegante inside. They are from Roma and I wish them molto fortuna. I wish you all Molta Fortuna, Bonne Chance and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PBers!! Thank you so much for all your visits and kind comments in 2014 :) xxx Bear and Carolg
When Solli invited Bear for an ice cream at Berthillon'sSalon de The this Sunday no way was he going to say no.
I'm showing the sign as a reminder to myself not to misspell BERTILLON AGAIN. (Clue - there is no extra i in Berthillon).
There were not so many people when we arrived at noon. By the time we left it was packed. The big boat thing in the center is the pastry case.
Surprisingly, though most don't know it, this ice cream flavor menu is digital. The flavors change daily. Yesterday there were only half as many parfumes available as shown here...perhaps because it was Sunday?
Bear tried to order the 'Coupe enfant'(kiddie size) but you can't fool the staff at Berthillon.
So he picked the anniversary flavor '60s' mainly because it was passion fruit + vanilla + spices. Very nice indeed.
Solli's friend Clara got sorbets pammlemousse and peche(grapefruit and peach). While Solli got marron glace( a special Christmas flavor) and the best pistachioI've ever tasted in Paris. Someone was wishing they could send theirs back for an exchange.
Solli is an expert ice cream taster since her company insisted she taste, shoot and visit every ice cream shop in Paris for a full week and then report back. What a tough job.
Solli says the metal cups(coupes) at Berthillon are preferred to paper cups. They keep ice cream from melting. Who knew?
She also noted the spotted marble tables match the marble floor. Sharp eyes! I completely missed that. Does the marble keep the metal cups cool?
I was surprised the only Christmas decorations - a case full of map globes.
A closer inspection revealed silver decorative balls, almost Victorian on their little pedestals. They do look like scoops of ice cream. Do you know what these are?
On departing a lingering look in the pastry case is essential, though most people only think ice cream, ice cream ice cream when they think of Berthillon.
FYI Berthillon has maybe the best tarte tatin in all Paris.
Another break-your-heart BerthillonTarte Tatin picture.
Another well-kept secret is Berthillon's tarte fine au pomme - an open tart of deeply caramelized apple slices for a mere 2,50 euros, same price as one dip of ice cream and maybe healthier if you're into rationalizing like some people. What do you think?
My ode to Berthillon's tarte fine au pomme. FYI it's still possible to get a Paris Sketch Letter gift subscriptionin time for the holiday believe it or not. Someone requested one yesterday so I scanned the personalized December letter and emailed it, to be printed out in time (with the actual letters to follow). Who knew?
Follow these French girls example: All black, big brand bags (2 if possible), branded knitted cap, boots, no scarf. At the end of my street, Sully-Morland and quai de Bethune, a rather unspectacular display of flashing lights on 4 trees. Still nice to see when I get home after a walk through Paris' drizzle. "Shine bright like a diamond" Paris !
Hi I'm Carol Gillott,
My Mom taught me watercolors at 5 and I'm still at it. Now I live on l'Ile Saint-Louis by the Seine. Do consider subscribing to my Paris letters and maps on Etsy. Enjoy a taste of Paris in your mailbox every month. Savor with hot chocolate and a croissant. I paint Paris dreams.