What looks to be a fashionable mall is a corridor to the least-crowded entrance into the Louvre. You can buy tickets at the Tabac on the lower level and quickly enter - no lines and no waiting!
To get there take Metro Line 1 and exit at the Palais Royal--Musee du Louvre station, and never leave the covered area going from one underground area to the next. Just follow the signs to Carrousel du Louvre.
It is nearly impossible to find a "bad" boulangerie in Paris and each artisan boulangerie-patisserie has a loyal following. The aroma of fresh bread wafts down the street and the lines form at the appointed hour...
Gwen Choc is a favorite in this area of the Marais. My favorite neighborhood is Place Maubert and its Eric Kayser boulangerie... be sure to ask for the Baguette Monge.
A little something for your sweet-tooth on a Monday.
The Schuss cake is one of the crown jewels of a famous French cooking school: Lenôtre. The base is a sponge cake with a layer of mousse and a topping of whipped cream. The varieties and flavors are endless.
Although I admire the aesthetics of this dessert, I prefer a tart or a portion of chocolate. How about you?
This church is known simply as La Trinité or Sainte-Trinité, built
between 1861 and 1867 as part of the beautification and reorganization
of Paris by Haussmann. It was designed by the Théodore Ballu taking
inspiration from French and Italian Renaissance architecture. Prior to
the construction, many significant historical buildings were demolished
to make way for the church and surrounding roads.
with its three porches and gallery above, is topped by a large rose
window and two large windows. Rising above these windows is a four-story
bell tower with two cupolas at the top.
Locked away from the peering eyes on the street is this charming courtyard. We stayed for two weeks with a view of the rooftops. Our spacious apartment was on the fifth and sixth floors, beautifully furnished with a delightful cross-breeze in the heat of the summer. We did not gain an ounce or a gram with the daily climbing of steps.
We even enjoyed the pleasure of a delightful resident cat who took the stairs more easily than we did and who had full run of the courtyard with another friend.