DEFINITELY DELICIOUS WALKS
LOUVRE – TUILERIES – MADELEINE
A dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa in the heart of Paris. Catwalk fashion, luxury and great restaurants.
♥ 14 – WALKING in PARIS is part of the lifestyle of Parisians and something that I also appreciate – So I always take the opportunity to have a morning walk in a charming park near my house.
But this particular morning, I came across quite a few people jogging. Everyone was running, only I was walking. So, politely, at the end of my “training” I asked a jogger:
– Why are you running ? Why not walk ? Looking surprised he answered me:
– Because in Paris we walk every day and walking is not proper gymnastics! Yes, a good reply so take advantage of the fact that Paris is a flat city and a really beautiful place to “exercise” in historic surroundings.
Put on comfortable shoes and leave without destination, because in Paris, you create “a destination” at every corner. The city is a labyrinth of beautiful things. A pandora’s box.. Ah! Paris!
♥ 15 – PLACE DE LA MADELEINE
This square is well known and emblematic because of its majestic Church – La Madeleine, a neoclassical monument of 1842, that dominates much of this square. But the fame of the Parisian square is also due to the gastronomic treasures that are installed around this church. Walking around Madeleine Square is a treat for our taste buds.
In it, you will find famous pâtisseries, chocolateries, tea houses, delicatessen, fine epiceries, still a small and charming flower market and the Pinacoteca of Paris. Mandatory stops are (even if only to appreciate the art of detail) Fauchon, Café Prunier, Senderens.
For a different experience, head down the stairs located to the right of the church entrance. You will find the “Foyer de la Madeleine”.
It’s a place that for more than a century, has served free meals in its corridors and small halls – at first, for the poor, and later, with the prosperity of the region, the girls who worked in the large shops and haute couture workshops, of the church.
In 1969 it was opened to the public. With an annual letter of 5 euros, you can taste, in a totally unusual way, a lunch that comprises “entry, plate, cheese, dessert” for only 8.5 euros. In addition a bottle of wine for 2.5 euros. But do not expect elaborate cuisine. The kitchen is home-like and informal as the environment itself. Why not?
- Plaça da Madeleine, 75008
- Metro: Madeleine
♥ 16 – VILLAGE ROYAL
Very close to Madeleine Square, between a Chanel and Dior boutiques, there is a small but incredibly charming passage. It dates from 1746 and at that time accommodated stalls selling fruits, fish, vegetables and breads. Today, Village Royal is one of the most beautiful places in the region, perfect getaway for a coffee or simply a short detour along a charming path.
I love this place, especially in my two favourite seasons: in the summer, because it is beautifully decorated with flowers and in early winter, when it gains lots of Christmas trees decorated with lanterns and red lights, making us feel in one of those Christmas films.
If you’re tired, try the Village cafe and continue your visit, unhurriedly, by the chic little boutiques. Go to the end and turn left: you will come across the lovely shop windows of Lanvin and Hermès shops. Two historic boutiques with one of the most beautiful shop windows in the city.
- Village Royal
- 25 rue Royale, 75008 Paris
- Metro: Madeleine – Concorde