When you hear Paris you must think Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Renaissance buildings with magnificent gardens, Bateaux-Mouches flowing under the Seine, luminous roads full of street artists and of course, delicious macaroons. It makes sense because macarons have long been connected to the City of Light.
Despite the fact that the Italians created macaroon cookies, the French came up with the idea of joining two macaroons and putting cream in between; and There you go! This is how the famous macaroons were created and how they ultimately stole our hearts!
In particular, the macaroons came from a luxury bakery in one of the most chic areas of Paris, in 1862. We are talking about the famous bakery THE DURATION bakery, which is still famous and full of macaroon fans. In fact, the main recipe for macarons remains the same with the one that only Parisian high society used to eat, centuries ago.
the LADUREE bakery had been the meeting point of French nobles until today and it also started the first tea room in France, where French women were allowed to have their cup of tea with, of course, macaroons.
If you visit Paris, you should - or maybe a must-see - visit LADUREE bakery not only for its delicious strawberry, rose, millefeuille, raspberry, chocolate, lavender, peanut and vanilla macaroons but also to admire its decoration. It's like walking into a Renaissance palace hall, full of little gold and pale green details.
You should - and surely you should - be patient. There are many people who expect the same reason as you; macarons. But the Restaurant LADUREE, is also worth the detour for a hundred sweet reasons!
However, even though the macaroons are delicious, don't forget to take a look at the packaging. It's also amazing, considering that LADUREE has worked with big fashion houses, such as Christian Louboutin, for the perfect packaging design and replacement with a new one, twice a year.
** Daily quiz **
How many macarons do you think are sold in a day in the luxury bakery in Paris? 15,000 - yes, it's really 15,000 macaroons!
Words: Sophia Maha
Translation: Adrianna Argyropoulou
Pictures: THE DURATION, Pinterest
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The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or saut the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in Milan in the north and fly out Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.