This weekend, there was a brocante on Avenue d’Italie! I had high hopes, but unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as those the south of France offer. There were quite a few stalls with a huge variety of things for sale, including a tarantula in a box! Lots of exotic stalls, one had lots of artefacts from China, traditional paintbrushes etc. We got the tube to Opéra and then to Uniqlo, who had done a collaboration with Ladurée to make the most lovely T-shirts! Pandora bought me one with macarons all over it – my favourite Parisian sweetie. We then got the metro to the Musée Marmottan Monet which has a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works, including some lovely Monet landscapes. We also saw an exhibition on Marie Laurencin, who painted during La Belle Epoque in Paris. From there we walked to the Eiffel Tower, and then onto the Palais de Tokyo to see an exhibition on Chanel No.5. We had to queue for a little bit, but the sun was out and it was worth the wait. It was an exhibition all about the life of Gabrielle Chanel, and how she created Chanel No.5. The name we learnt actually came about because it was the name of the sample created in the lab and also her lucky number. After the expo, we watched all the adverts for the perfume, including Pandora’s favourite by Baz Luhrmann. We sat there for a while and then went to meet Adam for dinner at Aux 2 Oliviers. For starters I had a creme brulée of Foie Gras with spiced toast which was unusual but yum, and followed by duck, with mashed potato and a wine poached pear. Overall we decided: ★★★
For dessert I took Pandora for a Berthillon ice cream on Ile Saint-Louis, I had salted caramel flavour and she had while chocolate!