Macaron Day at Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé macarons store

If you only swear by Pierre Hermé macarons, you have a great reason to indulge this weekend. Every year on March 20th, the French pâtissier hosts Macaron Day in his boutiques worldwide. The event was so successful in the past that it has been extended to last until Sunday 23rd this year in Paris and London. So what is Macaron Day all about? For every donation made in store to support research against cystic fibrosis, you will get a free macaron. (If every charity had similar events, I would be much poorer. And fatter.)

Si vous raffolez de macarons Pierre Hermé, vous avez une très bonne raison de vous faire plaisir ce weekend. Comme chaque année le 20 mars, le pâtissier organise le Jour du Macaron en partenariat avec le Relais Dessert. L’opération a connu un tel succès par le passé que les boutiques Pierre Hermé la prolongent jusqu’au samedi 22 ou dimanche 23 mars. En quoi ça consiste ? Pour chaque don effectué en caisse au profit de Vaincre la Mucoviscidose, un macaron vous sera offert. Une partie des ventes de la journée sera également reversée à l’association.

Pierre Hermé VaugirardPierre Hermé – Rue de Vaugirard

To lead you even further into temptation, Pierre Hermé has a much wider selection of flavors for these few days. You will find delightful past limited editions like last summer’s Velouté citron for instance.

Afin de tenter encore davantage votre générosité, Pierre Hermé élargit son offre à 25 parfums pour l’occasion. On y retrouve de belles éditions limitées, comme le Velouté citron vert de l’été dernier. Difficile de choisir parmi toutes ces saveurs !  

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé might be the most famous name on the list of hosts but many other stores are taking part in the event, both in France and internationally. Do check out the details here! Et bon appétit ;-)

Si vous n’êtes pas spécialement fan de Pierre Hermé, sachez que d’autres pâtissiers de renom participent à l’opération. C’est le cas de Jean-Paul Hévin et Dalloyau qui figurent tous les deux dans le Top 5 des macarons à Paris selon Le Figaro. Et si vous habitez en province ou à l’étranger, n’hésitez pas à jeter un coup d’œil à la liste des autres participants !

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Sunday morning in Montmartre

Montmartre Rue Maurice Utrillo 2

I never go to Montmartre. The Sacré Cœur and its surroundings are must-sees when you visit Paris but because it’s not central and I have no particular reason to ride the subway up to the butte, I hadn’t been since showing a friend around a year ago. What prompted me to return? A picture from the Brassaï exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville showing rue Foyatier, flights of stairs running down the hill with gorgeous lamps. There was an air of mystery to the image telling me that I was missing on something.

Montmartre 1

Montmartre 2

Today was an exceptionally sunny day in an otherwise drab, rainy week, so it was perfect for exploring. I rode the subway up to the Abbesses station on line 12. What is striking about Montmartre is how it reminds one of a village within the city with its cobbled streets, greenery and old charm. This is after all where Amélie Poulain was shot.

Montmartre rue Gabrielle

Montmartre rue Chappe

Walking up the butte and along rue Gabrielle, you will come across a first picturesque flight of stairs on rue Chappe. Then turn around and climb those steps to get your first glimpse of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur.

Montmartre Sacré Coeur 1

Head towards the grand entrance of the basilica but make a stop just before the funicular on your right: that is where you’ll find rue Foyatier, the beautiful street I mentioned in the introduction.

Montmartre rue Foyatier

You are now on the highest point of Paris so do take in the view. The basilica is surrounded by hordes of tourists but a music player (a harpist today) will probably ease the moment.

Montmartre view 1

Montmartre view 2

Montmartre Sacré Coeur 2

Montmartre Rue Maurice Utrillo 1

With its monumental size and architecture, the Sacré-Cœur is a sight to behold but not really worth visiting several times. Instead I circled the basilica and headed down the charming rue Maurice Utrillo. Once there I turned right down rue Paul Albert.

Montmartre rue Paul Albert 1

Montmartre rue Paul Albert 2

Wouldn’t you want to live there? And doesn’t this building remind you of the Flatiron in New York City?

Montmartre rue Paul Albert 3

Then walk down the rue Ronsard to reach to the bottom of the park with its lovely carousel.

Montmartre Sacré Coeur 3

Montmartre carousel

Montmartre Sacré Coeur carousel

To return to the top of the butte, you can either climb the 222 steps of rue Foyatier or use a metro ticket to ride the funicular.

Montmartre fountain

Montmartre place du Tertre

The place du Tertre is very touristy and honestly I didn’t bother to look at the art, but it’s a reminder of Montmartre’s past as the home of great painters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Claude Monet.

Montmartre Eiffel Tower

There are many other things to discover in Montmartre: vines, tiny cobbled streets and chic houses half-hidden behind gates… Alas, my phone died. So now I suppose I have another good excuse to explore the area?

Have a great week everyone!

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