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English Muse: Macarons

Monday, January 25, 2010



On this, my last night in Paris, I went to dinner at Ladurée on the Champ Elysees. I had the best Club Sandwich of my life in the bar (along with a glass of champagne). Of course, I couldn't leave without getting a little box of macarons to take home. It's past midnight here, and the cab is arriving at 7:30 a.m. I'm excited because my friend Elaine, who lives here in Paris, is flying back with me to Los Angeles. And if I can manage to rustle the money together, I would love to come back with her when she returns to Paris in March.

My vacation -- including airfare and my beautiful apartment -- cost less than $1,800 for the entire week. Economical, I think, for expensive Paris. I'll give you all the details on how to rent apartment, if you're interested, when I get settled back in LA. I also have lots of Polaroids of the city I want to scan to show you. So, will see you soon. Thank you for keeping me wonderful company on my trip. I've loved and savored all your comments!




Blogger Atticus and Juliet said...

Glad you had a wonderful time...and so inexpensively! {Well, relatively speaking.} Do share more about the apt you rented!

January 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Miranda said...

Thank you, my dear, for inviting us all along.

January 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Basht said...

that's incredible... it's my dream to go there, but for 3 months. I'll have to wait until my baby is much older though

January 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Simply Luxurious said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! A club sandwich and champagne - love it. You're making my mouth water. I am very curious to hear how to rent the apartment. Have a safe trip home!

January 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I'm so happy you had a lovely time in Paris! And I can't wait to see the Polaroids!
Have a safe trip home to L.A.!

January 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger alyssa said...

wow that is so cheap! did you fly during those times when the airlines had a lot of deals? i remember seeing flights to paris for $300-something from LAX.
have a safe flight!

January 25, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

Oh my dear - I have so enjoyed your trip to Paris. I can't wait to go in a few months (I hope, I hope). I definitely need the details of your apt rental, etc. Have a safe journey home.

January 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

i am dying to go to paris, so i would love to hear any money saving tips you have! :) safe travels back!

January 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger That Gal Kiki said...

I've not been to Paris since I was 19 back in 1988. I'm so happy you had a lovely time! I miss the freedom of traveling abroad.... the wine... the food..

Can't wait for photos. xo

January 25, 2010 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

i would love to know how to rent an apartment!!

January 25, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Anonymous jaunty magpie said...

Thank you so much for sharing these Parisian treats with us! I look forward to seeing the Polaroids and hearing more about the trip. Seeing everything all at once made me feel like I got to take a little vacation, even if I was still sitting at my desk. Merci!

January 25, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Natasha said...

I've really enjoyed your posts on Paris and can't wait to see and read more. Less than $1800 for the week? Such a bargain. Mon Dieu, I cannot wait to be in Paris this summer!

January 25, 2010 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

macarons are to die for! I can only imagine how great they are when they're really from Paris!!

January 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Ms Smart said...

sounds fab, safe journey

January 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Perfect ending to a lovely trip! If we had not just spent ten fabulous days in NY, I'd be tempted...

January 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger laura said...

Laduree!! The best pastries in Paris. Have you been to Pierre Herme? Best macarons in Paris hands down.

Give details of your trip! Amazing.

January 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Anonymous bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Your trip sounds so lovely and Laduree is one of my favorite places in the world. I would love to learn more of the charming apartment you stayed in, it is so beautiful.

January 25, 2010 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Jolie Adele said...

Sounds perfectly divine!!! I am heading to Paris in April and would love to find out where you rented an apartment.

I must be sure to spend on delicious eats and drinks ~ and not too much on the inevitable!

Please take a little visit over to my Laduree post for some lovely eye candy ~ Mmmmmmmmm.

xoxo love,


January 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger missb@dragonflyvintage said...

"My little vacation -- including airfare and my beautiful apartment -- cost less than $1,800 for the entire week"

that sounds incredible! i was thinking closer to $3000! you must tell us how you managed that - my sister, cousins and I are planning a week in paris...


January 25, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Lucy in the Sky said...

that's such a great deal! my 12-day stay in Paris was almost $3000...but I went on a school trip. next time I should just go alone hehe.

January 25, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Nicole Jeannette said...

These were my favorite while I lived in France!!

January 25, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

You must tell about your inexpensive trip to Paris. It is my dream trip. I like to make it a reality in the next two years.

January 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

oh those Macarons look so dellicous. Glad you enjoyed the trip, thanks for taking us along with you!! x Liss

January 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Sabine said...

Oh macaroons, love them! So glad you had a good time in Paris.

January 26, 2010 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Lovely , have a safe trip home ! I am going to Paris next month, so would love to hear more!

January 26, 2010 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger Adriana said...

Yay Tina! You truely spent your final night in Paris blisfully, exactly how I would have done it. Lovely! Can't wait to see all the pics

January 26, 2010 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Beadboard UpCountry said...

The apartment we are renting is straight down from Notre Dame and the ice rink with the carousel.Bet we passed each other a few times!Glad you enjoyed yourself!Laduree is great! Isn't is amazing here people have champagne with everything!!!
Enjoying your posts!

January 26, 2010 at 5:19 AM  

Time does fly when we had lovely times non?! Have a great flight back darling...can't wait to view more visual delights*

January 26, 2010 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger 21st Century Housewife© said...

So glad you went to Ladurée and enjoyed it. I'm sure it won't be long before you get back to Paris!


January 26, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Down and Out Chic said...

have a safe trip home! those macarons look delicious.

January 26, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger 2 By Design said...

Ahhh Paris, one of the MOST beautiful cities! Hope you're relaxed, rejuvenated and come back ready to divulge all the details!

January 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Caroline Hancox said...

i would love to know how to rent a little apartment in Paris! I love i there, just need to convince my boyfriend!

January 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Tea Party Crasher said...

What a beautiful photo! I'm drooling a little. Macarons from Ladurée are pretty much my idea of heaven. I was in Miami this weekend for my birthday and had macarons for dessert at the Setai — delicious, but not quite the same as Ladurée! Must plan a visit to Paris asap. Love your blog.

January 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i could eat Ladurée macarons for breakfast lunch and dinner...

January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger avant garde said...

you are getting me more than itchy to hop a plane to just about anywhere in europe, seriously! i am planning a european trip for 2011 spring, when i graduate college and my son graduates high school (both the same year, yeah!) but now i'm impatient. sigh...would love to know about your apartment deal though and how you enjoyed it, please post details...!!! safe trip back too!

January 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Thanks for the lovely week in Paris Tina!! I can't wait to see the Polaroids and apartment details!!! oxo Barbara

January 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger La chica said...

Macarons are the top models of sweets...

January 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous automatism said...

What a lovely way to round off your stay! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful little details of your trip with us — and now I really can't wait to go back to Paris!


January 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Laduree is such a special spot..I made it in for breakfast on Sunday morning and it was sensational! A great way to end a trip in Paris...look forward to seeing your photos!
Jeanne :)

January 26, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous jen jafarzadeh said...

can't wait to see the Polaroids from your trip! ah, Paris. I just treated myself to a couple macarons from Dean & Deluca, and let me just say — disappointment. hope to make it back to Paris again soon (for the real thing.)

January 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger This Lovely City said...

Your last dinner sounded delightful! The macarons are beautiful. Safe travels home! xo

January 26, 2010 at 8:59 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

those look so scrumptious. all your paris pictures are so lovely, they let me reminisce from when i visited a few years ago. i miss it so much!

i'm glad you had so much fun! thanks for sharing!

January 27, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

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