You are fond of chocolate? You are counting the days until Easter? If you are in Paris this week I suggest you to visit the ‘Train du Chocolat’. It is a real train made of four carriages which goes from station to station in Paris and offers a free exhibition to learn more about the history, the production and the tasting of cocoa and chocolate.
Who were the first eaters of cocoa before men? What is the xocoatl? Who brought cocoa and chocolate from Central America to Spain in 1528? When was built the first chocolate factory in Spain? How did chocolate arrive to France? Who are the top five producers of cocoa? Who are the top five consumers of chocolate? etc
You will get the answers to all those questions in the very interesting exhibition offered by Yves Thuriès in the ‘Train du Chocolat’. The train will stop at the Gare du Nord on Thursday 19 March, at the Gare de l’Est on Saturday 21, and at the Gare Saint Lazare on Sunday 22. And if you miss it, you can either wait until next year… or visit Chocostory, the Parisian Museum of Chocolate, open all year.
#trainduchocolat – Free – Open from 10am till 7pm – Until 22 March
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is the best store for gastronomy in Paris. Whether you are staying in a hotel, a Bed & Breakfast or a self catering, do not miss a visit to the Grande Epicerie for a gourmet shopping. It is located on the left bank in the prestigious 7th arrondissement near Sèvres Babylone and is the food store of Le Bon Marché, the smartest department store in Paris.
Even if you do not buy anything (which will be difficult as everything there is a temptation !) you will be delighted by your visit and get out with stars in your eyes.
Last summer the BHV opened its doors after two years of important renovation work with a new name : Le BHV Marais. I have been there to check whether this was only a change in the name or a real transformation. And I could hardly believe it ! In my opinion the BHV used to be the most dusty and old fashioned department store in Paris since the closing down of the Samaritaine (that happened ten years ago). And it is now the most colourful, the most trendy, … in a word the most Parisian of all departments stores in Paris.