What a great day! Woke up late to a gloomy rainy grey morning. After tea, croissant, and yogurt (sold here in stubby little glass or glazed terra-cotta pots) all went back to bed to blog, read, or play mine craft. I think we all needed a lazy morning. Then we set off around noon for a market day at rue Montorguil. Armed with our foodie tour book we hit some amazing shops for chocolate, pastry, cheese, and bake wares. The afternoon got more and more beautiful as the clouds cleared. It was a holiday today (May 8 is Liberation day–end of WII) so families were out and about enjoying the fresh spring shopping with us. Many of the shops I wanted to see were closed so I hope we have time to return Friday.
The Epic Macaron Battle was delicious. We got a selection from Pierre Hermes (apricot/chocolate, creme brûlée, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, rose/jasmine, cassis, passionfruit/chocolate) and Laduree (rose, lemon, raspberry, pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, coffee) The Pierre Hermes macarons were much more ambitious in flavor combinations. For the blended flavors, there were two different macarons sandwiched with a sublime buttercream.
My favorite was the cassis– lots of lovely fruit acid and gorgeous color! The selections from Laduree were more conventional and had lovely smooth texture. But overall the wow factor of the flavors from Pierre Hermes macarons won the title.
Enjoy the gallery below to see more of our spring day!