Wednesday, August 17, 2011

French Mademoiselle in Paris: Day 14

Bonjour again!

While I normally buy a demi baguette or a petit baguette, I thought it would
be fun to buy a whole baguette this morning for le petit déjeuner.

The baguette I got was a tad bigger than I had expected.
To be a bit more specific, I would estimate it 1 meter (3.3 feet) long!
We nicknamed it "the samurai sword".

After le grand déjeuner, we headed to the Invalides.
We visited Hôtel National des Invalides, which houses Musée de l'Armée
and Napoleon's tomb, among others.

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

We were very impressed and glad we went there.


Then another 'boyish' museum, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie.
Paris' science museum. It is located in Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondisement.

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie


After the long metro ride from the 19th to the 2nd arrondissement, we were
both craving something sweet.
And while pâtisserie Stohrer was still closed on Day 5, today it was open!

Jamie Cahill writes in 'The Pâtisseries of Paris':
"Even if you can't make the day trip to Versailles, you can take a
small step into eighteenth-century French royal life by sampling
Stohrer's
puits d'amour and famous baba au rhum. These two
revered recipes were likely favorites of Louis XV when
Nicolas Stohrer was the royal pâtissier."


And since I am a lover of all things with rum, I bought Stohrer's famous
baba au rhum (brioche soaked with rum).

Stohrer

Stohrer

Stohrer's Baba au Rhum


My brother picked up his favorite pastry from Maison Collet, a pain aux raisins.

Pain Raisins


Today was my last full day here in Paris.
We leave tomorrow afternoon, so I still have ½ a day in the city of lights!

Bonne Journée,

2 comments:

Suzi said...

I love the area you visited today and what a great place to take your brother. It sounds as though you have had two jam packed weeks full of wonderful memories.
I know you will return.
Enjoy your last day.
I have loved taking your journey with you. x

Mademoiselle Slimalicious said...

Paris is the city where I was born but my parents moved to the South of France when I was only four. Therefore most tourists know the capital way better than I do! haha
You seem to have had a lovely time in France, I'm glad.