My husband prefers macaroons, I prefer macarons.  Confused?  Read below and learn the difference.  Which one do you like?


Although macarons are French, they were actually created in Italy by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at her wedding to the future king of France.  Macarons were different back then......more simple.  In the early 1900's, the grandson of Louis Ernest Laduree turned them into 2 level creation filled with chocolate panache to hold them together.  Today macarons are so popular they are even served at McDonalds in France.

Photo below of me in Paris in 2012 enjoying my favorite flavor, pistachio.

paris door

Here is a photo of me in front of one of the gorgeous giant doors in Paris in the Marais district in 2016.  How spectacular!  You will find many of these glorious doors in this area.  Back in the day, they needed to be large enough to accommodate a horse & carriage entering into the mansion.  Even though we technically don't need these to be so large these days, I am so glad Paris protected these beauties.  

Some other photos of other doors from previous Paris trips for you below.  I like the photos with people best to demonstrate the scale of the door.  If you are heading to Paris, get a photo of yourself in front of one of these gorgeous giant doors!


From my 2015 Paris trip:

From my 2012 Paris trip: