Thursday, November 16, 2006

Versailles and the Best Bakery Ever!


On October 17th, we took the train from Paris to Versailles, to tour the Chateau de Versailles, the palatial home of Louis XIV, begun in 1668. But first, I want to tell you about the best bakery ever! It is the Boulanger Patisserie in the town of Versailles, just up the street from the train station.



The photos speak for themselves. (And please DO click to enlarge!) What more could I say about such luscious fare? Such works of art are the cakes, such feasts for the eyes and tongue are the eclairs! The tiny quiches and palm-sized pizzas. It is a good thing I don't live in France.


I ate a pistachio eclair; the green "hotdog" shape above. It had a wonderful creme filling in pistachio flavor, was topped with pistachio icing and as you can see, one end was dipped into chopped pistachio nuts.
Heaven on earth, it was. I was tempted to have one in every flavor (I am ashamed to admit).

But look at the cakes in the last pic. I am sure that they also tasted heavenly, because how could something that looks like that not taste like ambrosia? They are truly too beautiful to cut. If you go to France, go directly to Versailles; do not pass go, do not collect $200 - find the Boulanger Patisserie and be hungry!





Tomorrow I will show you photos of the palace, and they are worth waiting for!
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23 comments:

Claude said...

I am just getting up so I wouldn't have any of those at the moment, but... they look so yummy that I might have a couple this evening ;) Great photos too.

Anonymous said...

Looks good Judy, but a hell of a long way to go for a cake.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Lordy!!! My mouth is watering just looking at all these beautiful works of Art! How did you find this fabulous place Judy? Had someone told you about it or was it in a GuideBook? However you found it...IT IS A TREASURE! YUM!

ET said...

Just looking at your pictures I gained 2 pounds.

Star said...

How did you choose just one? ANd how do french wown stay so skinny?

Sissy B. said...

Oh, I am so thankful that you stoped by my front porch to say hello...I had lost you on my blogroll!!! I'm especially glad this morning with all the yummy treats you have displayed ;)

Alan G said...

Those cakes looks like works of art or a centerpiece for a table.

Pickalish said...

Oh my gosh! Those are astounding! I would give anything for a pistacio one right now, those pictures are postcard perfect!

bluemountainmama said...

those, alone, would be worth the trip! :)

Sparkling Diamond said...

Hubby and I have often said...we should do a trip where we go to all the great bakeries of ther world! LOL This looks incredible!

Seamus said...

My waistline just grew 2 sizes!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yum yum yum. I've never been to France, but this reminds me of how the French influence still carried over into West Africa and I'd stare longlingly at bakery cases in the capitals as a Peace Corps volunteer, unable to afford the goods.

Also, love that you use the word ambrosia. I've loved that word every since the dog on Labyrinth.

Cheers!

Shephard said...

I'll have the green cake with the raspberries, please. :)
Wow.
~S

mar said...

I love the little quiches, since I am rather "salty", lol!
beautiful pieces, just wonderful !

sage said...

that looks good--it's probably fattening just to look at

srp said...

Here from Michele this time.
You hit the nail on the head. The bakeries in Europe are absolutely to die for and none here in the US even come close.

Teena said...

Boy do they look good! Pleez mail me some :)

milliegarfield said...

Anything I have for the next million years won"t compare to any of those gorgeous pastries.

I was so happy that you gave me the opportunity to feast my eyes!! When I get hungry for more feasting I'll vist you again. At least I won't gain any weight that way.

Wow!!

colleen said...

I failed the word verification on the post above a couple of times while being distracted by pastry.

Carmi said...

Those confections look almost too good to eat....like edible art!

When I was a kid, I was just tall enough to see the wonders behind the glass display at our local bakery. I always vowed to return with a camera.

The place is still open. Perhaps I will the next time I stay in Montreal.

PI said...

Wow! How did I miss that. Je voudrais deux montelimar s'il vous plait. I'm dribbling on my keybooard!

Beverly said...

Drooling.

Moogie said...

Oh man. I am so hungry right now. Michele sent me back this morning but I would have come anyway. I really love all of your photographs!