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Paris Journal – In Search Of The World’s Best Almond Cookies

Part of this visit to Paris was a trip down Memory Lane.  I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Avenue Mozart, which was home to the late Jean-Pierre Rampal.  I wanted especially to drop into my favorite Paris patisserie on the block where he lived, called (in his honor as well as Mozart's ) “A la Flute Enchantee” – at least it was my favorite patisserie in 1972, the last time I ate one of their divine almond cookies.

Um, that was 1972.  This is 2009.  He doesn’t live their any more.  In fact, il est mort.  When I arrived at the corner of Rue du Ranelagh and Avenue Mozart, I wasn’t sure whether to turn right or left.  So I went left.  Didn’t see the place.  Could it have turned into a dry cleaners or a real estate office?  I walked to the end of the street and then backtracked.   Then I kept walking and still nothing. 

Well, that’s not quite true.  I passed the most amazing seafood stall I’ve ever seen in my life, and they allowed me to photograph the place.  I mean check these guys out!


Then I walked another few blocks, and as the numbers got smaller and smaller, I was afraid that time and progress had closed the little bakery down.  Oh well. 

And then I saw it! 

I went in, bought a huge almond cookie and a loaf of fruit bread, they let me take some photos, and I left happy. 

Now, I know that some of you will think I’m nuts spending a sunny spring afternoon in Paris stalking almond cookies and my favorite flute teacher’s ghost. 

But hey!  What a relief to know that some things haven’t changed!

Comment balloon 10 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 24 2009 06:19PM


Oh Pat, how good all that food looks. How the heck do those women stay so thin? I could see going on a hunt for almond cookies, even in Paris! Thanks for the update!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat

I like fish but I love sweets, looks like some great treats.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Pat-It looks like you are having so much fun. Those fish are huge and the eyes are something to behold. I like my fish without eyeballs staring at me. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

My stepdaughter is a coloratura soprano and currently working on her doctorate in opera performance at the University of Arizona, where she got a full scholarship because she was the only one they could find who could sing the coloratura part in Mozart's The Magic Flute.  Quite an opera, and it must have been gratifying to find that patisserie.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 11 years ago

Hey Pat,

I don't think you're nuts. You have got to be kidding - I am jealous! I would love to be stalking almond cookies and ghosts in Paris right now.

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) over 11 years ago

Patricia- What fun you are having! I am coming right now to join you:)

Susan- That is so cool! What a talented daughter you have!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Looks like fun shopping -- glad you are having a nice time.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Patricia - The almond cookies sound wonderful, but I'm not sure about the fruit bread...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

ohhh mon dieu !  Is there anything like a french patisserie????

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

I love Paris in the Springtime...actually...I Love Paris Anytime!!!

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) over 11 years ago