One of the places my seemingly never-ending search for champagne took me to was Le Vaudeville Brasserie, recommended by Nick Nicholson for its over-le-top Art Deco interiors. We were not disappointed! Not only did we find the sought-after flutes of champagne there, but we also found what we considered to be the best oysters we ate in Paris, and this marvelous, exuberant bouquet of cherry blossoms towering over the main dining room.
We admired the zen-like serenity of this chocolatier's window in the Carré Rive Gauche, nestled among the antiques shops the area is known for. It's so French it's almost Japanese!
I stopped at this tiny flower shop on the Rue du Bac because I thought it was terribly clever to scatter the discarded petals of the roses for sale there onto the sidewalk instead of sweeping them up and away. So pretty.
One was rather taken by this chocolate egg in the window of Les Marquis de Ladurée on the Place Vendôme featuring a cameo of Marianne of France.
More chocolate eggs seen in another chocolatier's window, this time wrapped with springlike green and chartreuse bows.
These pâte des fruits were the perfect ending to a lovely luncheon at le Grand Véfour, one of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants in Paris.
One does not see such flower stores here in New York outside of the city's (fast-dwindling) flower district. In Paris they seem to be at every turn!
Looking up into the Dôme des Invalides takes one's breath away.
I'm convinced the French have cornered the world's market in the creation of pretty confections.
What Easter would be complete without bunnies cavorting about, as these ones are at Deyrolle?
Shelves and shelves of chocolate eggs, bunnies, chickens, and ducks wrapped with orange bows!
Speaking of eggs, while visiting the sublime Musée Nissim de Camondo, I finally learned how to use one of those French copper bowls made for whipping egg whites. As can be seen in the photograph, the trick for stabilizing the round bottom of the bowl is to nestle it in a ring made of kitchen towel. This was an "ah-ha!" moment for Reggie!
Paris is full of musical offerings during the Easter season. We chanced upon an impromptu concert when visiting Eglise Saint-Sulpice early one evening.
I got yelled at by the security guard at the Hermès flagship store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for taking pictures, including this one of gorgeous flowers on display there.
Just as on Madison Avenue here in New York, there is always a line to get into Ladurée's flagship store in Paris. We were luckier at the Ladurée outpost in Saint-Germain.
Flowers and motorcycles are often seen together in Paris!
We thought this diamond and pearl tiara from the French crown jewels displayed at the Louvre was rather fetching.
But, to be honest, one preferred the more accessible rose-flavored cocktail in the bar at Hôtel le Bristol. It was delicious, and a perfect "pick-me-up" during an afternoon of taking in the sights.
What trip to France would be complete without pausing to admire topiary-filled Versailles planters in the Jardin des Tuileries?
Or a visit to Cathédral Notre-Dame de Paris? We were fortunate to find an evensong service in process there when we stopped in. The singing was magical. Of course one stood a respectful distance at the rear of the cathedral when taking this image.
And with that, Dear Reader, I conclude our whirlwind tour of Paris at Easter. I hope you liked it.
All photographs by Reggie Darling