Let's begin with one of my favorite spots in the city, shall we? Husband and I brunched at Ladurée on Rue Royale enjoying pain au chocolat, capuccinos, and of course macaroons for dessert!
The window displays were pure perfection... so ladylike and Parisian, oui?
A little Ladurée history:
The history of Parisian tea salons is intimately tied to the history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery at 16 rue Royale in Paris.
In 1871, the bakery transformed to a pastry shop. The decoration of the pastry shop was entrusted to Jules Cheret, a famous turn-of-the-century painter and poster artist who sought inspiration from the Sistine Chapel and the Garnier Opera.
It was Ernest Ladurée’s wife, Jeanne Souchard, who had the idea of mixing styles: the Parisian café and pastry shop gave birth to one of the first tea salons in town catering to the chic Parisian high society.
You can read the rest of the story and about those famous macaroon here.
After swooning over the lovely window displays and snapping one last photo in front, it was time to indulge!
Isn't the china precious? And don't get me started on how delicious those capuccinos and pastries were... le sigh.
Pink and green macaroon trees! How perfect would those have been for our wedding???
Moving on to dessert with raspberry, lemon, and chocolate macaroons... heavenly.
Oh how I wish this were not blurry! So pretty in pink and green!
Au revoir, Ladurée! One last view of the tea room...
I couldn't resist one last Ladurée photo on the Champs Elysees after dinner! Tee hee.
Merci beaucoup again to all the lovely ladies who sent such sweet wishes to us on our anniversary and for all the recommendations!