My last day in Paris was all about the Eiffel Tower, a nearby boulangerie, shopping on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and the Madeline area, and eating at Laduree. It is only fitting that my first picture of this post is like a “au revoir” to the city. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. If I could ever have the opportunity, I would love to live in Paris for a few years or for a lifetime.
For Day 1, 2, and 3, please scroll down after this post.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has got to be my favorite monument to see in Paris. But throughout my first three days, I’ve been “flirting” with the Eiffel Tower…catching glimpses of her here and there but not paying much attention to her. I wanted to wait until the last day to give her all of my attention. I think the best times to visit the Eiffel Tower are early mornings (less crowded) and in the evening to watching the sparkling light show. This time I chose early morning. It was just nice to take it all in (all by myself). I felt that it was just me and Eiffel Tower. For some of these pictures of me, I had to ask random people to take them. I think I happened to ask Parisians who were walking by on their way to work. They were very happy to snap a few pictures for me. Below are some of my favorites.
Le Petite Marquise Boulangerie
I walked past this boulangerie for the past three days on my way to the metro stop. I told myself that I have to try it as I love French pastries. So after my Eiffel Tower visit, I decided to have breakfast here. I went all out by ordering a croissant, quiche lorraine, and a cappuccino. This was the perfect breakfast for me. I think I can eat like this every day!
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and the La Madeleine area
My plan for my last day in Paris was to walk and take it all in. As my luck would have it, it rained for most of the day. So I decided that I would just check out the shopping areas of town and try to stay away from the Champs Elysees. I was actually looking for Pierre Herme for macaroons but I stumbled upon this wonderful street full of high end shops – Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. This street is home to the Hermes flagship store. I wandered into the store but they seemed too busy. Too bad it was raining because I would have taken more photos of the store and the street. But I was able to capture photos of another Chanel boutique. I loved the window display! It was simple and oh so Chanel!
I originally was looking for Pierre Herme but because of the rain, I think I passed it up without even knowing it. So I somehow stumbled upon a Laduree on Rue Royale and noticed that dining area was not full. In fact there was no line to get in. So I decided to have a seat and try out the cafe. I knew I wanted a cappuccino but didn’t know about what pastry to get until I read the description of the “Rue-Honore Rose-Framboise.” The description on the menu was as follows: Puff pastry, cream puff pastry, light rose petal custard cream, raspberry, compote, rose-flavored Chantilly whipped cream, rose syrup fondant raspberries. I have to admit, this was the BEST pastry item I’ve had in a very long time. It smelled like roses and tasted so good. All I can say is that I will be ordering this again when I am back.