Mousse To Go!

I happened upon a shop with a friend on Rue du Bac called Chapon. It is a chocolate shop but with something to make it different: bowls of mousse sitting there to tempt you. You get it to go, either in a container to take home or in a little cup to eat right there.

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It’s a little jewel box of a place.

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There are bowls of chocolate candy to tempt you.

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Here is the mousse. My, it was good.

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We saw this place nearby too. It’s the café Pouchkine which is a Russian place selling Russian pastries.

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Here’s a look at a few of them. Yum.

Happy Easter

A few photos of Easter things around Paris:

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Chocolate eggs inside little cake rafts.

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A little nautical theme going on here too.

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Not really Easter-y but, oh my. I’m not a fan of the chestnut puree but I’d still like to taste this.

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These kind of look like owls but they are bunnies.

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Happy Easter to one and all!

Chocolate

Does Paris need another place selling chocolate? I always think there are plenty but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not surprised to see another new one. I was walking along with a friend when I saw this door handle:

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How elegant is this?

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So I looked at the window and saw the name of the shop. It is connected with the famous Ladurée, of macaron fame, but it only sells chocolate.

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There was this fantastic model of a ship hanging in the window, perhaps showing that the origins of chocolate comes from overseas? I didn’t buy any but it’s another place to put on my growing list of places to buy some.

Hugo and Victor

I’m not sure when Printemps, one of those famous giant Parisian department stores, was renovated. I did notice a new interior at Christmas but didn’t really explore it much.

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I went in to look when I noticed the scaffolding was down on the exterior. It could have happened months ago but I just noticed.

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Pretty display on the ceiling at one of the entrances.

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My eye was caught by the name, Hugo and Victor, making me think of the famous French author Victor Hugo. Their logo was a bit like Louis Vuitton too. They sold chocolate and had a cute cafe downstairs.

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You can see it down below from a “skywalk”.

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Other side. I would have tried something there if I hadn’t just eaten.

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View of the escalators from the lower floor. Very futuristic looking.

Cour du Commerce Saint André

We leave the beach tomorrow and head back to Paris just as warm temperatures are returning. I’m not sure for how long. We don’t really have a specific date for coming back, maybe April or even May. I could put up some more beach photos but, since I have had this posting from Paris sitting for quite a while, I decided to put it up. I’m looking forward to wandering around Paris again. (I just noticed that I put up one photo twice. I don’t have access to my Paris photos here so maybe I can replace it this weekend.)

I always walk down the Cour du Commerce Saint André when I am on the Left Bank. It’s got interesting shops and restaurants and is full of history and times past.


That cobbled street will twist your ankle if you aren’t careful.


A sign hanging outside a restaurant. I love scallops.


A waiter writing up the menu on a board outside.


Un Dimanche à Paris is there in the cour selling chocolate and chocolate products. There’s a restaurant too which is said to have good brunches on Sunday.


They have their own products there.


As well as yummy desserts for sale like this little trio.


And, if you are lucky, you can watch them create desserts behind a window in their petite kitchen.

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Chocolate

There is never a lack of chocolate in Paris and you are able to find a chocolate shop in almost every neighborhood. I spotted this new place near the Odeon metro stop, a very well known chocolate maker.


The sign over the door.


There are bins of various chocolates and little silver shovels to load of bags-help yourself.


All of these colorful objects are made of chocolate.


Not chocolate, although one kind had chocolate chips in it. I bought one with pistachio nuts but the pastry is so loaded with sugar and butter that I didn’t taste the nut flavor. Still very, very tasty though.


Around the corner in the Cours St Andres is Un Dimanche A Paris, another new chocolate place known for its Sunday brunches. I took this photo upstairs-love the colors. So warm and inviting.