Monday, June 20, 2011

chocolate eclairs

while in paris last fall
hubster and i made a quick stop
at
a beautiful pastry shop known world-wide 
for 
gorgeous confections and beautiful tea salon
only in paris for the afternoon
arriving 
via chunnel from london in the morning
and scheduled
on a sleeper train to barcelona, later in the evening
we were making a whirl-wind day of it
while waiting in a very long taxi queue, i spotted a gentleman
with a car for hire
because it was hubster's first time in paris
 and 
we wanted to see as many sights as possible, in our short stay
i made a unilateral decision 
a hired car was definitely the way to go
thankfully
pierre was a good sport
and 
negotiated fairly with me
despite my butchering of his beautiful language

as i waved hubster from the taxi queue, i saw a look i have never before seen 
one that perfectly combined the relief he felt that we would be on our way
and 
worry that i had blown our entire travel budget on a frivolous luxury
he was partly right

the day was perfect
we climbed the eiffel tower, stood under the arc de triomphe
glided down the the champs-elysees, spent hours in the louvre
relished in a languid lunch with a bottle of wine
and
shared afternoon tea with well dressed dames at laudree

drunk with culture and satiated with sweets
i eagerly purchased the laudree sucre cookbook
a beautiful tome with a cover of suede
presented in a gift box
so beautiful and full of promise
i tucked it away for the rest of our journey
and promptly forgot about it
recently i discovered this little jewel
and became inspired
which is why
on a whim
i made eclairs

10 comments:

  1. Ooh la la, naughty mademoiselle! (I know that word implies you're not married, but what do I know about the French language other than that I mangled it the three times I've been there). BTW: I would've been peeved if you hadn't shown that glorious filling!

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  2. Christy these look so fabulous. Such a fun story to go along with it too. Joni

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  3. I have yet to try making choux pastry for myself. Looks like you've mastered it.

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  4. Ah mon amie, you have created a Bijouxs favorite - beautiful little jewels, oui!

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  5. Yum, yum, yum.....hoping I can talk my sweet husband into making these for me :) thanks for sharing!!

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  6. So yummy, thanks for sharing at the Hearth n Soul hop!

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  7. Lovely =) These look so awesome!

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  8. I miss Paris with it's little bakeries displaying fresh pastries and breads, throwing caution to the wind and just leaving them open for display trusting that no "contamination" will hurt the goods. I wish it coulld be like that here but too much health dept stuff to worry about, oh well back to dreaming!

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  9. I loved reading about your visit to Paris! Thank you for sharing a slice of your adventure, and of the exquisite pastry from Lauduree!

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