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April 2007 - Of Macarons and Minsters – An Easter Stroll through the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter

MacaronsIn this month’s Paris Insights, we take you on an Easter stroll through the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter. During the promenade, you will stop in three of Paris’ best pastry shops to buy macarons, those melt-in-your-mouth confections that look like tiny, colorful hamburgers but taste oh so much better! And along the way, you will see two prominent churches in the neighborhood and learn about some of the Easter traditions of France.

Our quest for smoke-free dining leads us to Nathalie Ben Samoun’s restaurant, Au Grain de Sel, located on a side street only a few steps away from place de la Bastille. Recently awarded membership in the elite Tocques Blanches gastronomic club, Chef Nathalie regaled us with exquisitely prepared cuisine.

And finally, we present Paris’s oldest street sign, dating from the 14th century. Read about where to find this historical monument in this month’s Paris, Past and Present feature.

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Paris Panorama Newsletters for 2007