On this trip to France, I'd been on a quest for those delightful merinque and ganache pastries called macarons. I'd savored some in the south of France and at La Duree in Paris and at a small Lenotre pastry shop near our Paris hotel. The Lenotre macarons were tastier, in my opinion, than La Duree's, so I'm especially embarrassed to admit we stopped at Cafe Lenotre on Avenue des Champs-Elysees only to use les toilettes and quench our thirst with a cup of tea. When we saw the menu, price shock almost goosed us out of our seats and right out the door. But I am SO GLAD we stayed. My 7 euro cup of hot cocoa was as close to divine as I can imagine. Before Cafe Lenotre, I could not have imagined cocoa so silken and rich. We were on a tight budget so did not order lunch, but if the food was anything like the cocoa, it would be worth splurging. Another reason I was glad for the Cafe Lenotre experience is the ambience. The service was gracious and the surroundings were peaceful. My photo is of the magnificent carved and painted ceiling section I saw from my chair. Amid the hustle and bustle of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, we savored our cocoa in a sanctuary as beautiful as Paris itself.
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