A Valentine from Paris
Trip Start Sep 15, 2005
175Trip End Mar 05, 2014
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But the few stores that do recognize that this is their day do it with such panache. Chocolatiers, tea shops, the wine shop, and some of the florists (but not all) on Rue de Bretagne have acknowledged the holiday, as has the Popolini store (a new little shop that sells only puff pastries stuffed with intensely flavored cremes),
Cafes Richard, a high-end tea shop, has a subtle window with no mention of the holiday in words, but their window offers pink tea boxes, cupid-like sugars and assorted romantic tea accessories. On their side window, they hung some antique valentines from ribbons. Totally charming.
Surprisingly, the bakery that usually has the most ornate confections is only offering heart-shaped cookies with berries and sabayon to recognize the holiday, the rest of their window is filled with the same baked goods as any other day.
About 15 years ago when we were here with our four children during Valentine's Day, we saw a barge topped with heart-shaped balloons travel on the Seine with a band, but today I saw no such thing. ( I might have missed it if there was such an event.)
The most beautiful offerings I have found are in the display windows at Dalloyau near the Bastille, a high-end pastry confectioner and traiteur with several other outlooks in the city. Peruse them and you'll be rewarded with the most exqusite and tasty of valentines. Just a few sweet touches from Paree for you (to view) from me: