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July 13th 2011
Published: June 17th 2013
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The window display was gorgeous - just the right place to be choosing a 12-year-old's birthday cake!
Ispahan, Millefeuille Fraise, Fraisier, Macaron Divin......... So many cake choices, so hard to choose! We arrived for our afternoon tea booking at Laduree and were seated in the middle of a wonderful room which took us back to the days when Chinoiserie was all the rage in Paris. The furniture, painted walls and ferns all combined to make it very special - and that was before they brought the cake! We were very impressed - even the bottles of lemonade were re-branded to match the crockery. Frank decided that he needed to try one of the ice-cream sundaes on the menu, and I've never seen anything so huge - he definitely needed some help to eat it. I chose the Ispahan - rose flavoured macaron with fresh raspberries - and it was perfection. Hugo still rates the Sarlat framboisiere as his favourite, but the one he had today came a close second. We all had a lovely time and lots of laughs, just relaxing around the table and savouring every mouthful.

The other good news to come from our trip to Laduree was that Isabel decided on her birthday cake for tomorrow - it will be the magnificent pistachio macaron
Ispahan!Ispahan!Ispahan!

Rose macaron, fresh raspberries.
cake with fresh strawberries, raspberries and passionfruit that she ate in a smaller version today. Now all we have to do is order, and pick it up on our way to the Eiffel Tower for our picnic before the fireworks.

On the subject of Isabel's birthday, I realised today that I had no gifts for her!!!! We have been slightly out of sync with the calendar since we left home, and I think I just assumed there would be more time for shopping than we have actually had.

After our lovely afternoon at Laduree, and the busy time we've been having in general, Frank thought that he should take the children home for a nap. Meanwhile, I had only 2 hours to find a shop and some presents! Arghh!! I power-pedalled up the Avenue del'Opera, with that magnificent dome in the distance, and managed to find my way into Galleries Lafayette, a department store I remembered from a brief visit to Paris on our honeymoon. Upon entering I was a little distracted by just how beautiful it was, with it's stained glass dome, and stood for a moment taking it in. I think it was once a theatre,
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This was my kind of outing!
but I didn't get a chance to look into the history of the building. One hour later I had done a clothing, accessories and cosmetics smash-and-grab and was cycling back down Avenue del'Opera hoping what I had bought would be a success!

I had just enough time to change for dinner and hop back on a bike so that we could get to our favourite little bistro in St Germain - Au 35 Rue Jacob - for dinner with the Hornungs. All in all, a very successful day!


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Macaroon Cake, Laduree

Unfortunately they needed lots of notice to make this one....
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Isabel's cake tomorrow will be a larger version of this one
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Galleries Lafayette

The magnificent stained glass dome was hard to ignore!
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Galleries Lafayette

Balconies and dome


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