While the Métro is a great way to get around Paris, the stations are so close together that often it’s just as easy to walk from A to B, and you get to see more that way too… I, for one, never tire of Paris’ beautiful architecture.
It’s good to have somewhere to head for when exploring on foot, and our mission on our recent day out in Paris was to find the patisserie that my sister so highly recommended: Ellini (FYI Plaisance is the closest Métro station).
It turned into quite a trek, having walked from Gare d’Austerlitz via Notre Dame and now to a more modern (and hence not quite so pretty) area of Paris that we had never been to before, away from all the usual Parisienne icons (although apparently Tour Montparnasse is nearby – the big black building which dominates the low-rise white rooftops of Paris when looking out from the Eiffel Tower. A monstrous thing, it’s surprising we didn’t see it!
You can go up to the rooftop for a view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower – just like going up the Rockfeller Centre in New York for a view which includes the Empire State Building.)
By this stage, the phrase “Are we there yet?” sprang to mind, but it was a beautiful day and we unexpectedly caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower when we turned a corner which put a spring back in our step.
Tony used his iPhone and used the “AroundMe” app to direct us to Ellini Patisserie, 121 Rue Raymond Losserand, making sure we didn’t get lost – yay for GPS!
There were plenty of other tempting windows en route…
but we stuck to our plan, and soldiered on.
Finally we found it!
Only to find it was closed… oh dear, of course, it was Wednesday already wasn’t it!
We didn’t have to backtrack very far to find another…
at number 96.
The queue of customers assured us this was popular spot, and we surveyed the choices while we waited in line.
Settling on a nearby park bench, we excitedly opened the box to enjoy our well-earned spoils.
We both decided that, while the Tartlette Bourdaloue (glazed pears on top of an almond cream) which Tony chose was delicious, his own version was superior (my masterchef!)
Meanwhile, I revelled in my decadent Tartlette Ganachon: the short, melt-in-your-mouth pastry, gooey caramel atop a base of creamy custard, a slathering of chocolate ganache, a sprinkling of toasted almond slivers and piece of juicy pear (surely that made it healthy?) … mmm.