Friday, February 06, 2009

Musee Fauchon

Where is the first place you go when you land in Paris religiously?

Maybe it's because I used to go every Sunday to Fauchon

That I find myself heading there right off the plane practically...
My favorite museum never disappoints....

There are tons of macarons! Boxes and boxes...
Long, square....

Plus individually packed...
And bien sur decorating gateaux like crazy... It's the craziness of Fauchon that appeals to me...
The nutty over-the-topness of it all...

And they (like moi) LOVE the geometrie!!!

I had lunch in this geometric crazy box. I dragged the box home and of course it fell to pieces. Craziness is not meant to last...

Wish I had dragged this box home, though I do have the cup and drink out of it daily. So where is the first place you head for in Paris?
Tell all!


  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Ah--those are over the top crazy but gorgeous images. Yum! No wonder they're so popular. That box up there that you painted is crazy beautiful, Carol! ;))

  2. that top picture is heaven..i love it!
    first place i go is actually Eric Kaiser's patisserie on reu des ecoles because i stay just down the street from it! i have lunch, and get a baguette and some macarons and sme candies and bring them home...then i go immediately to instirut de beauté on st germaine and stock up on lesser priced beauty supplies...every time...

  3. Anonymous10:07 AM

    Crazy for these.. and I hope that lasts for a while. May I please have a spoon to scoop everyone of those raspberries up? What fun with geometry.
    It has been ages since I 've been to Paris, but I would want a bowl of cafe au lait and a REAL croissant toute suite! Immediatement! And I would have to people watch for at least an hour and find that shop with those terrace plants you showed, and go over to the Ritz and then George Cinq to see their flowers and just be for awhile. And then , and then.. I would just explore again. Just soak it all in. Oh and there would be chocolate.

  4. Anonymous10:09 AM

    And that box of macarons.. WOW. Beautiful light filled piece. Brava. BTW

  5. It's very funny because yesterday, I discovered Fauchon new window for Valentine Day. I'll show it on the blog next week!

  6. Anonymous10:27 AM

    I haven't been in Paris in ages, but since I just got back from Monaco et les environs, I guess the next time I'm Paris I'd head to Laduree for a couple of pistachio macs! I discovered Laduree (thanks to Paris Breakfasts)in Monaco and loved it. I'd also immediately buy another Laduree plastic tote bag so that I could carry all my macs etc. around Paris in it. I use mine daily while commuting to work on the subway.
    Margaret B.

  7. Anonymous10:55 AM

    We head to Gerard Mulot - near Grand Hotel des Balcon, where we stay - for some delicious goodies(usualy croissants, macarons (pistachio, rose/raspberry) & take them to the Luxembourg Gardens, grab a garden chair & this always helps make the transition from home to plane to PARIS in style

  8. Anonymous11:26 AM

    To Luxembourg Gardens to watch the men play petanque from a nearby bench, then to check in on the bees.
    I love the bees.

  9. Anonymous11:26 AM

    I head to Café Marly when I land in Paris. It’s the perfect lunch spot after a long overnight flight. I like to sit outside overlooking the Louvre - sipping a nice glass of champagne, nibbling a fresh bite to eat and breathing a sigh of happiness.

  10. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Hi Carol,
    Great post as usual!! When did the Fauchon in NYC closed down????????
    I am so upset to hear that. I was going to go this weekend, after not going for quite awhile, and then I read your post!!..ugh!!

  11. Anonymous11:35 AM

    first place we head over is to Cafe Bonaparte for croque-monsieur..the best ever!!

  12. Anonymous12:38 PM

    wow the colors. its so beautiful in there. ahh i love all the geometric shapes. little things like that make a place special. i am loving the macaroon cake.

  13. Anonymous1:13 PM

    For some reason, usually the terrace of the bar Le Bonaparte in St Germain. Good for watching the va-et-vient of the locals with a bottle of red and a snack, and in winter they have the terrace heaters out to make it cosy. You can take in Les Deux Magots from there, too - without having to pay the prices! I am about to spend a w/e in Paris and will be heading there tomorrow ...

  14. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Love your website! I'm a watercolor artist and Paris nut myself. I like to go first to Mariage Freres. And now I've discovered Dammon Freres in the Place de Vosges. Tea lovers paradise.(both of them).

  15. Umm, maison du chocolat has to be my first love. However I just love walking the streets and staring at the patisseries windows from the street. Such inspiration I get from them and bring back to the states! Haven't been in a while though need to get back soon! What a lovely site you have!

  16. Anonymous3:41 PM

    angelina's, for sure. boy, that sounds so good about now. too bad it wasn't so far away.

  17. I love what you are doing with the colors of those cookies in watercolor. I think this first one is the best yet. Lovely!

  18. Anonymous4:29 PM

    just to be contrary,

  19. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Once again, your beautiful artwork, photographs and witty descriptions make my day.

    My first stop recently was the Galleries Lafayette. The serve a simple but delicious quicke in their cafeteria that gently coaxes the jet-lagged back to life. A walk out on their top floor is a great vista on Paris, and don't forget to check out Sacre Coeur hiding behind you. Finally, I walk through their cosmetics department and adore the beautiful dome above. I would love to see what your brushes would do with that dome.

    Merci for sharing your work with us . . .

  20. Anonymous6:16 PM

    I usually need to see Notre Dame first - just to know the iconic building is still there! Then, un cafe and a croissant for people watching.

    Thank you for keeping the dream of Paris fresh in my mind each day with your posts.

  21. Any roadside cafe, order a croissant and glass of rose wine and promptly people watch. After going to the hotel first, of course.

    This damn post...and I'm doing so well with my diet too!

  22. I have been to Fauchon more that once and it creares addiction. Is impossible to be fed up of such luxury and good taste. How I wish to go there...may be on June?!

  23. After I check in to my hotel I head to Cafe Danton on St Germain for a cafe creme. I then go to the Monoprix to buy another setting of flatware. I have been collecting it for years.
    Thank you for your beautiful dessert pictures. They always make me smile!

  24. My husband and I head for the nearest grocery store and buy a baguette, fromage - Maroilles et vielle mimolette, du vin, les riettes, du pate, schweppes et orangina! Artzart

  25. Anonymous8:50 PM

    Have you tasted the savory macarons like the ones with tapenade or foie gras?
    Very tasty!
    One of the bakers I use often has started making them at 1.25 each.
    Good price and delicious.
    Masse's in Berkeley.


  26. Anonymous8:52 PM

    Laduree Bonaparte—but you knew that!

  27. Hi Carol - love the colors in the first painting.

  28. CLARE, I think we are collecting the same flatware from Monoprix, except I jsut began...
    Pearl handles?

  29. Anonymous4:33 PM

    What a gorgeous place! Our art museum serves lunch boxes just like Fauchon!!! And it owns Boulevard du Capuchines (SP??) one of my all-time faves of Monet! Afraid that's as close as I get to Paris, so THAT must be where I go first!

  30. Anonymous5:22 PM

    we usually stay in the our first stop is usually to see the eiffel tower. we don't even go near it, just view it from the end near the ecole militaire. i know that is typical, but i love that big ol' lady. makes me tear up every time.

  31. Anonymous12:34 AM

    I want to visit all these lovely places you mentioned on your blog. :)

  32. Wow! Amazing photo collection - so bright and colorful! Everything look so delicious (including your photos).

  33. Anonymous1:57 AM

    Your painting is Paris for me.

  34. Anonymous11:01 PM

    Somewhere on the left bank-Pierre Herme or Gerald Mulot. Although I must say I was stunned at the line at Pierre Herme-my husband says I need to close down your site-he is getting hungry.

  35. I always make a beeline for Fauchon getting past the window displays is difficult.


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