My first week in Paris

By on 03.02.14

Sunday I made chocolate macarons and a galette des rois(king cake) with my neighbor. Both my neighbors don’t really like to eat pastry so I was forced to bring the whole galette home. The galette is eaten at the beginning of the year until fasting. In the cake there is a hidden object. If you eat the piece with that object, you are king of the day and get to wear a crown.

chocolate macarons

The chocolate macarons we made. The macarons are made with French meringue and a chocolate ganache.

I went to the Decorative Arts Museum of Paris on Wednesday and ate a delicious baguette from Eric Kayser at Rue de l’Échelle.

They also put the baguette in the oven once you order so it was extra delicious. ^^

Jardin des Tuileries

The museum Les Arts Decoratifs is located in the same building as Louvre. From the inside of the museum you have a great view on Jardin des Tuileries. As you can see it was really gray that day and it also rained a bit.

des arts decoratifs

I think the museum was okay. From all things I liked the chairs and furnitures the most. I guess that’s because of my Industrial Design Engineering background. There were also vases, jewelry and lots of other things.

Something I find really awesome in Paris: almost all museums are free for people under 26 who live in the EU!

pont neuf

On the way home I decided to check out the famous lock bridge Pont des Arts. Somehow I always thought it was Pont Neuf that had the locks. Only after crossing the Pont Neuf, I noticed the lock bridge was paralel to it haha.

Friday I went to my first CNY celebration (ever). I ate way too much.

Saturday I went to Galeries Lafayette and went to the Art Deco expo, which sucked for €6 as it was a special expo and not free. The expo was interesting but nothing special in my opinion. It was quite small. I will check out the permanent collection another time (that one is free). Saturday I also went to another CNY dinner and ate too much again.

Sunday I baked a double batch of chocolate macarons at my neighbor’s and we filled them with Nutella. We made some crêpes as it was crêpes day (2 February) and I also made bread rolls with ham, onion and tomato sauce. Then we went to the house of CNY celebration #1 and ate way too much again!!

Today I’m not eating way to much and tomorrow will be my first day of school.


Gail Ho
Mahé, Seychelles

Hello! My name is Gail, I'm a pastry chef currently working in Seychelles. I've studied industrial design engineering and the french art of pâtisserie in Paris. I've been working in Amsterdam, Paris, Biarritz and now in Seychelles.