My first stop was the Palais Galliera Museum to the see their latest exhibition about Proust's muse the Comtesse Greffulhe and you can watch a short video in French about the exhibition here and see some nice photos of the dresses on show here on the museum's website. I really loved seeing the dresses and also the photographs and documents as well as accessories such as hats and shoes - the Comtesse had big feet!!
After visiting the Galliera I then wanted to indulge my foodie passions and I took the Metro to Sentier to find Rue Montorgueil as I wanted to visit the Stohrer patisserie - the oldest one in Paris.
It turned out that Rue Montorgueil is full of patisserie shops and food shops and I understand the shops in the surrounding streets sell the supplies for the patisserie craft...more of that later! Above you can see a cheese shop and a green grocer who had those tiny little grapes that are in season at this time of year. The patisserie nearby had these cute pink piggies complete with eyelashes or glasses iced on them LOL!
I found the Stohrer Patisserie and the photos above show the delights they sell! They sell cakes, of course, but also savoury food (the top right photo in the collage below) and the most amazing lunch trays! Sadly the rain never stopped all day and with having bags and an umbrella I was beginning to feel really tired from the effort - I detest cities in the rain I really do. So with a heavy heart I headed back to my hotel for a rest and to dry out!
All Le Notre except top right which is Stohrer's savouries.
Those Autumn cakes at Le Notre are so pretty!
At the Metro by my hotel there is a lovely Le Notre Patisserie so I headed there to buy a treat.
Here you can see my Paris Brest Eclair - it even
came is a special eclair shaped box! Delicious wasn't
in it this was cake heaven! You can see some of the
other beautiful cakes that were inside the shop!
The ferris wheel looked great and reflected beautifully in the puddles - left
The central colours of the wheel changed as you can see on the right.
TL - National Assembly and TR - Looking towards the Madeleine
BL - Champs Elysees and BR The US Embassy lit up red/white/blue
TL - the ferris wheel and Cleopatra's Needle
BL - the beautiful fountains on Place de la Concorde
Right - The Eiffel Tower - you can just see the blue and white
illumination but the red was hidden by buildings.
And here a scarf-less Hermes Horseman - I have
never seen this before and maybe it was out of respect
for the victims of the attacks in Paris.
|I missed out on travelling on this brand new train |
(seen at Gare du Nord here) by 1 hour - lucky people!
|My "normal" old Eurostar train at St Pancras.|
|The beautiful St Pancras Station |
|The Disney Christmas Tree|
|Hey Mickey!! He has the best spot!|