Today is my last day in France. Since my flight is at 7 pm, I decide visit several famous spots in Paris. It is quite cloudy and a bit windy today.
This is Tuileries garden (杜樂麗花園)(Jardin des Tuileries). It is not far from Louvre museum and a popular place for picnic and relaxation.
A grass world map is under construction:
The obelisk at Concorde square can be seen from here. Concorde square is just next to Tuileries garden.
There are many people sitting in front of this big fountain. Most of them are not doing anything but day-dreaming. I guess day-dreaming is also a very satisfactory way of relaxation, because it is for me. (Although I always tell people that I "meditate," not day-dream. )
Concorde square (協和廣場)(Place de la Concorde). It is octagon shaped and the largest public square in Paris. City of Paris commissioned the construction of the square in 1748 for Louis XV, and his architect completed the project in 1763. However, the hordes of revolutionists during the French Revolution seized the square and used it as the execution place–about 2,000 people were guillotined here, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Probably the most elegant and poetic bridge that spans Seine river–Pont Alexandre III. (亞歷山大橋) It’s named after Russian Tsar Alexander III to signify the Franco-Russian alliance in 1892. The construction began in 1896 when Alexander III’s son, Nicholas II, laid the first foundation stone; the bridge was completed in 1900.
The bridge is ornamented with Pegasus and nymphs on each end, and adorned with "Art Nouveau" lamps that illuminate the bridge so it looks very romantic at night.
The supreme court: (is it??)
Ah~~~ Pierre Herme’s dessert shop~ Pierre Herme is said to be "the Picasso of pastry;" he’s the French pastry chef who started as an apprentice when he was 14 years old. By 24, he became a pastry chef and worked at Fauchon–a luxury food shop in Paris. In 1996, he started his independent pastry business. One thing unique about him is that he is generous in sharing his recipes and even opening workshops to demonstrate the exact procedures of his pastry creations.
Oh~ yum yum yum~ Pierre Herme’s desserts change themes seasonally. Look at these colorful desserts… don’t you just want to try EVERY OF THEM??
Oh~ my oh my~~~ Macarons~~~ I saw a person selecting and packing up about 50 of them!
Although I’m not sure I can hold 50 macarons back to Taiwan safely, I have to at least get some of these deliciously tempting desserts for myself!
One coffee tart…and the pink one is one of Pierre Herme’s most famous creations–Ispahan!!!
Coffee tart–this one is creamy with a slight hint of bitterness of coffee.
This one is HEAVEN!!! Ispahan–if not because of Pierre Herme, it’s still only a name of a type of rose. When Pierre Herme created this pinkish dessert, people were suspicious about it because it comprises of strawberry "macaron shells" with lychee paste and raspberries in the middle–this combination was too "exotic" and foreign for people that time. However, this eye-catching dessert has proved that it’s not only mouth-watering, it became one of the wonders of Pierre Herme and quickly caught people’s hearts. 這一個要將近七歐元勒… 不過真的很好吃耶!!! Pierre Herme大神請收我做學生吧!!!(–>算了吧, 你…)
Okay, so you ask where to find Pierre Herme’s shops? Here’s the website: http://www.pierreherme.com/. The one to which I went was on Bonaparte street, which is a branch road of Saint-Germain street. The full address is: 72 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris. It’s actually on the same street as another famous pastry store: Laduree. The website for Laduree is http://www.laduree.fr/. The address is: 21 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris. (I heard that Pierre Herme worked at Laduree before?)
Who can tell me what this is? I forgot..(The problem with taking too many photos and not sorting them immediately…) This one should be at "Ile de la Cite" already.
Thanks for the information from Ling: that building with the tower is the Sainte-Chapelle.(聖禮拜堂); the building below it, within the gates is the Paris Supereme Court (Palais de Justice complex) (巴黎高等法院).
At "Ile de la Cite" (西堤島) (meaning the City island).
The bronze statue is Archangel Michel
While I was at Ile de la Cite, it started to rain…It’s almost 3:00 pm, time for me to gather my belongings and head toward to the airport. I took metro back to my hotel and took metro again to Paris Opera House. From there, there were shuttles going to the airport.
On my way to the airport, the bus went through several streets and areas in Paris before it went on the highway; I looked through the window…good bye, beautiful France, hope we meet again soon~ Au revoir~