If you’ve been sensing a theme around here, you have definitely caught on. I am not your typical traveler, definitely not a tourist, and stay far away from the popular tourist sites when possible. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy seeing the Colosseum in Rome, or the Empire State Building, etc. I just tend to go at times when crowds are minimal – either a certain time of year or certain time of day.
I often dream up some wild plans for my travels, things that are very unconventional. We are going to call them ‘unconventional adventures’…I like that! Most always they include food of some variety and/or taking photographs.
So, while on a trip to Paris last October my friends and I decided to take a bit of an unconventional adventure one afternoon. We had not tried any macarons since we arrived and were craving these delectable treats! Instead of just heading to the closest shop, we decided it would be more fun to do a macaron-crawl all over Paris! I mean, what could be more fun than voyaging all over the city to find the best macarons, and decide which flavors were our favorite!
We started at Maison Laduree Bonaparte in the tea room. We each selected four flavors and taste-tested each, along with enjoying our afternoon tea. The tea room at Laduree Bonaparte is absolutely beautiful and you must visit on your next trip to Paris. My favorite here by far was the Violette, which was surprising because I typically like chocolate, hazelnut or caramel flavored sweets.
We also stopped at Pierre Herme where my favorite flavor was the passion fruit! These macarons were a bit bigger, yet softer and I enjoyed them. Just a note, but the location we went to did not have any seating so we waited in line to purchase our macarons and then escaped to a nearby bench to try them out.
After stuffing ourselves with too much sweets we decided that the food tour must continue! So, we took a walk to window shop before settling in to La Palette in the 6th Arrondissement.
In a cozy corner table in the back we ordered a cheese board that was amazing along with a paring of wine from the Loire Valley. Because what else do you have for dinner in Paris but luscious cheese, fresh baguette and vino?
It was one of the most wonderful evenings I’ve spent in Paris and memorable beyond a traditional dinner. I’ll definitely never forget this one! So on your next trip, eat gelato for breakfast or go to the top of the Empire State Building at midnight (it’s open that late by the way) or have macarons and cheese for dinner. Because, why not choose the unconventional and have a fun story to tell?