There isn’t one angle Paris doesn’t look majestic from.
But it’s especially beautiful from the top.
So on our first day in the French capital, we took it upon ourselves to brave the masses of tourists at Galeries Lafayette and climb to the very top…
Where we were rewarded with this view.
From the Eiffel Tower, to the golden dome of the Invalides and everything in between, the whole of Paris of Paris is at your feet.
There is a brilliant view of the majestic Opera building too.
And if you’ve done your research, there will be many a monument you’ll recognize…
As you’re about to head back downstairs, make sure you get a good look at Montmartre’s stunning Sacré Coeur church.
An intricate architectural wonder dominating Paris’ highest mound, it’s well worth it if you ask me!
You might also want to take a moment to ‘Oooh’ and ‘Aaah’ at the Galeries Lafayette’s resident wonder…
Before going right across the street to one of Paris’ newest, yet most succesful stores.
After having worked at Le Gavroche, then with the Roux family and French patisserie superstars Christophe Felder and Pierre Hermé, Christophe Adam opened L’Eclair de Génie in 2012.
There, he focuses on his favourite patisserie classic, the traditional éclair, which gets re-invented in a variety of exclusive and creative flavours.
Taking the city by storm and leaving all Parisians (and myself) feeling like kids in a candy store.
In the window, nothing but rows and rows of jewel-like éclairs.
Spinning head, beating heart and sweaty palms, far too uickly, it’s time to make a choice.
Will you go for the meringue & cookie adorned yuzu-lemon éclair? The classic strawberry & raspberry éclair? Or maybe the temptalising vanilla & pecan nut one?
Maybe you’ll succumb to the exotic charms of the above passion & mango éclair.
Or will the limited edition ‘Paris’ one catch your eye?
Needless to say, choosing just one is a real challenge.
Once you do, you’ll want to take your precious haul outside and take advantage of one of the city’s quiet little parcs.
Settle on a bench in the sun and take your paper treasure chest out of its multicoloured bag.
Take one last look at those éclair beauties (and maybe a few Insta-worthy pics), before digging in!
Not only are L’Eclair de Génie the prettiest éclairs around, but they’re also the best I’ve ever had (and trust me, I’ve had a few in my French days).
Vibrant, perfectly balanced and with cleverly picked topping that bring that little textural plus, they’re truly a work of art.
So good in fact they deserve a little déclairation of love!
So make sure you pick a box up next time you’re in Paris (find all the stores on L’Eclair de Génie’s website). In the meantime, I’ll have my fingers crossed that they’ll soon come to this side of the Channel…