Getting the last few stops in!
22.06.2016 - 22.06.2016 27 °C
Morning of our last full day in Paris - sigh.
Mary Ann takes the short walk again to the piscine for a swim. Piscine Pontoise is a beautiful art deco pool with two mezzanine levels. Constructed in the early 1930's, it's famous for featuring in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s film ‘Trois Couleurs: Bleu’ (Juliette Binoche). Registered as a historical monument since 1981, the site features individual changing cabins installed on two walkways bordered by metal railings, which you access when the 'Cabinier' comes to open the door for you. Your clothes stay in the cabin while you go swim, then you wait to have it opened again when you're ready to get dressed & leave. Maybe not the most efficient, but it's a lovely pool. Water temperatures were perfect!
We made our way to the one museum for this trip - Musee d'Orsay. Housed in a gorgeous former train station, this museum features many works of the Impressionist and post-Modern movements.
Bonnard, Renoir, Monet, van Gogh and many other artists works were a treat to behold. Lots of sculpture throughout as well gives one something to appreciate everywhere. In keeping with the very 'foodie' nature of this trip, here's a portion from a Renoir picnic:
The effect of sunlight through trees is really beautiful.
Today was Day 1 of the semi-annual 'Soldes' - six-week sales in all the stores. We hit up a few places and snagged some bargains. BHV was about a 20 minute walk from the museum and Alena found a few gifts to bring home.
Sales done, it was time for one of the most luscious stops of the entire trip - Jacques Genin. This man is a master of both pastry and chocolate, meticulous with the details of ingredients, recipes and presentation. Discovered via David Lebovitz's blog, the shop was a cool and elegant break on the only hot, non-rainy day we had on the trip.
Cyril too at our cooking class yesterday mentioned to the group that M. Genin is the best in Paris. (if you Google his name, you'll find some Youtube videos of his shop and pastries - I dare you not to drool!)
We sat in the tea-shop section of the store and ordered tea/coffee and two pastries: Mille-Feuille and Tarte au Citron. OMG! Mille-feuille is 3 layers of flakey puff pastry with praline pastry cream between then dusted with icing sugar.
The Tarte had a crispy, thin crust with a zesty lemon curd filling infused with Basil. We each started with a few bites of one then traded plates, had a few bites and traded back again. Bite after bite of beautiful flavours, textures and aromas.
Our pastries finished, we headed to the candy counters - caramels, pates de fruit (fruit jelly candies, covered in sugar) and chocolates. We purchased caramels to bring home - buttery, these are the smoothest, creamiest caramels ever. Ah, such a lovely afternoon.
Mary Ann & Alena