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Paris Ile-de-France as seen by... Pierre Hermé
Paris is a unique cultural capital!
The “king of macaroons” has just opened a trendy boutique on the Rive Droite. A curvaceous sweet box, designed by the Belgian architect Olivier Lempereur.What was the first impression that Paris made on you?
For me, coming from a generation of Alsatian bakers and pastry cooks, when I first arrived in Paris I knew that this city would be overflowing with things to discover. And I still haven't finished exploring it all!
What is your favourite place to walk in Paris?
I have several places of predilection. For example, I love walking through the Jardin du Luxembourg, in which certain paths are lined with remarkable trees, veritable sentinels of the garden's history. It is a little-known fact that the gardens are home to a beekeeping school that was founded in 1856, the production of which is sold each year in autumn at the garden's orangery. I also enjoy spending time at Parc Monceau or strolling around the Palais Royal. I find such walks extremely relaxing.
In your view, what is the most unusual place in Paris?
The Marais quarter as it has a chic and kaleidoscopic side to it. If you spend some time there, you can discover some of Paris' most beautiful historic monuments, in particular the Carnavalet museum, which presents the history of Paris, from prehistoric times to present day. There is also Place des Vosges, where Victor Hugo's house is located. And finally, this quarter is filled with unusual places with small courtyards lined with ivy and vines, in particular at 13 Rue de Sévigné.
Have you already made some trips in the area around Paris? If yes, where to and why?
I like to go to Versailles as there is always an exhibition or a place to visit. Since the start of October, Le Petit Trianon is once again open to the public after several months of restoration work. It allows you to discover the day-to-day world of Marie-Antoinette.
Seeing exhibitions, shopping, exploring quartiers, museums, places... There are currently two Picasso exhibitions at the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais. I hope that I can find time to see them!
Which part of the day or season do you prefer in Paris?
I have two preferred times of day: the morning, when I like nothing more than to take my breakfast on the terrace of a café, especially when the weather is fine. At the end of the day, I like to relax with a glass of wine in the chic and lush decor of a luxury hotel. Taking an aperitif in this kind of setting is an ideal way to get ready for dinner.
What can be found in Paris that cannot be found elsewhere?
This cultural approach that pleases me and fascinates me so much: shows, exhibitions... There is always a play, musical, concert or major exhibition in the world's most beautiful city. Paris is unique in this respect!