A French lady joked about swapping macarons. Hers were Laduree, mine were Pierre Herme! No way, Madam... Don't think I want to queue up for hours again ;)
As usual, whenever I visited Jardin du Luxembourg, a place compulsory for me to drop by would be Pierre Hermé! I went there a few days after my Macarons Class, I love afternoons at Jardin du Luxembourg. The garden is really full of distinctive character. A signature view of this garden is the congregation of veteran localites spending their evening playing chess, often with complete strangers who take them on for a game of mind challenge...
Anyway, back to the Pierre Hermé story: They used to trade under the same roof with Ladurée. Personally, I think both of them are now equally successful. If I were to compare them to fashion brands, Pierre Hermé is Hermes (long queues going for their Birkin bags are somewhat similar to those queuing up for macarons!), while Ladurée is Louis Vuitton (more accessible, with more points of sale). The most obvious difference is, Ladurée has its own line of merchandises! Not to be out-done, Pierre Hermé does so in another, classier way; for example, their current collaboration with artist Nicolas Vial in designing their latest macaron boxes!
A normal scene: The long queue at Pierre Hermé...
Hoping for some macarons, I joined the queue... And what else was there to do, except for snapping some interesting shots while waiting to be served?
Remember this "stylo" lady, with her Lego earrings from the previous entry? I actually spotted her while queuing up at Pierre Hermé.
Striking window display at Pierre Hermé.
Inside Pierre Hermé. Opsss... no pictures allowed!
But that didn't stop me from taking some! :D
On my way to the Jardin du Luxembourg...
Setting up some props for the photography session...
These are what I bought on that day!!
Enjoying the evening's sights, while having my macarons!
Some pictures at Jardin du Luxembourg.
*Thanks to my travel partner for taking my pictures! ;)