Today is the 10th anniversary of Le Jour du Macaron, started by Pierre Hermé.
In the early years it was a bit like a scavenger hunt all over Paris, and at each stop (famous Paris pâtisseries) you could collect three macarons and they would stamp your "macaron map." At the end of the day if you had a map with all of the stamps, you then received a treasure chest of 36 macarons from Pierre Hermé! In exchange you were asked for a small charitable donation.
It was so successful that after a few years, the bonus at the end of the day was halted. Can you imagine how many Parisiens and tourists chased all over the city collecting macarons! Now, Jour du Macaron is celebrated in many cities and countries around the world.
My daughter Holly and I have been making them (amid much scientific study and experimentation) for years now. Our favorites to make: pistache with chocolate ganache filling, pecan with caramel au beurre salé, rosemary with lemon curd. A good Swiss buttercream cut with Nutella will be great in any of these.
The square in front of this basilica is often filled with children,
playing chase or ball games.
The church is located at the intersection of Place des Petits-Pères
and Rue de la Banque. Notre Dame des Victoires
the former chapel of the Augustinian fathers (Petits-Pères),
the years 1629-1740
Basilique Notre-Dame des Victoires 6, rue Notre Dame des Victoires 75002, Paris