[ A view of Le Grand Hotel from Palais Garnier ]
Next it was time for macaroons! First we stopped at Ladurée, probably one of the most famous Bake Shops in Paris. Ladurée is actually all over Europe, but I thought it wouldn't be right to leave without trying one or two from the real deal. And I must admit, they were slightly better than the ones I've had in London.
[ Jasmine flavoured. ]
The final, and probably my favourite bakery we visited was Angelina. The atmosphere was perfect. There was a sense of tradition, without being touristy or commercial. Angelina was simple and elegant. It was a lovely experience with an intense selection of cakes, macaroons and pastries. By this time we had hit a sugar overload (due to too many macaroons), so we went for the Mont Blanc, recommended by WishWishWish and a croissant to save for later.
After walking through Jardin du Tuileries, we finally reached the Louvre. We took everyone's advice and did not go through the Pyramid entrance, which saved us a lot of time. Our Louvre experience was amazing! We chose to go through the Sully wing and then hunt down the Mona Lisa and Milo de Venus. Our plan worked perfectly! We spent about 2 1/2 hours wandering about and felt very satisfied with our trip.
Paris Travel Tip - if you're under 26 and have a UK passport or visa you get into most Museums for free (or at least a discount), best thing ever!
[ There she is the famous gal, herself. ]
[ Another famous lady, Miss Venus. ]