Sweet Treats for Kids

Tour

A journey in time, this tour takes you and your kids from the antique Roman Arena to the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral. Savor magical sweets at the Le Bonbon au Palais, divine chocolates, fluffy pastries and memorable times with your family as you discover treats known to French children of every age, their poetic names, and their surprising stories.  

While walking in medieval streets, your guide will tell you surprising and amusing anecdotes about the French confectionery and eating habits. Children will love to learn the very simple recipe of the roudoudou, or that of the love apple, the pomme d'amour, while everyone enjoys a hot chocolate prepared using an 18th century recipe.

 

Price per private group of 1 to 4:

A journey in time, this tour takes you and your kids from the antique Roman Arena to the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral. Savor magical sweets at the Le Bonbon au Palais, divine chocolates, fluffy pastries and memorable times with your family as you discover treats known to French children of every age, their poetic names, and their surprising stories.

Following the oldest stones of the city, you will discover the Arenas of Paris, hidden from the street. Sitting where Romans from antiquity sat before you, you will learn about the exotic recipes and table manners of the Gallic and Roman times. After evocations of the banquets of that time, your appetite should be ready for our next stop: an old sweets' shop offering the traditional French candy. Your foodographer will explain the history of the terroir where each specialty originated, and the stories behind the delicious treats. Each region of France boasts its own goodies and you don’t want to miss any! 

Save room for later, as your guide leads you to the best pastries and bakeries of the city in the shade of the Panthéon, the hill Sainte Geneviève, or by the beautiful Luxembourg gardens. Most can be taken away, wrapped with expertise by the pâtissier, to bring home or just for later in the day, although the most delicate might require your immediate attention. 

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While walking in medieval streets, your guide will tell you surprising and amusing anecdotes about the French confectionery and eating habits. Children will love to learn the very simple recipe of the roudoudou, or that of the love apple, the pomme d'amour, while everyone enjoys a hot chocolate prepared using an 18th century recipe. And if this is all too sweet for you, let yourself be transported in time to the court of Versailles, and learn all the secrets of coffee, as well as its influence on French philosophy and literature.

Walking by Notre-Dame, hear the stories, real or legendary, associated with the pilgrims of the Middle-Age, Victor Hugo's Quasimodo, the monks who made sweet liquors on the bank of La Seine. What remains of that time, which had neither chocolate, nor coffee, and no sugar? After pausing to remember these sugarless times, you will come back to the generous present, and be challenged to choose between the 72 flavors of the finest Parisian ice cream.  

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Sugar is not less important, either as a remedy or as an aliment.

This substance once obtained, either from the Indies or from the colonies became indigenous at the commencement of this century. It has been discovered in the grape, the turnip, the chestnut, and especially in the beet. So that speaking strictly Europe need appeal neither lo India or America for it. Its discovery was a great service rendered by science to humanity, and furnishes an example which cannot but have the happiest results.

Sugar, either in a solid state or in the different plants in which nature has placed it, is extremely nourishing. Animals are fond of it, and the English give large quantities to their blood-horses, and have observed that it sustained them in the many trials to which they were subjected. Sugar in the days of Louis XIV was only found in apothecary shops, and gave birth to many lucrative professions, such as pastry-cooks, confectioners, liquorists, etc.

 

The Physiology of Taste, Brillat Savarin.

- Great sweets, chocolates and pastries

- The antique Roman arena, the Panthéon, Luxembourg garden.

- Notre Dame

- Best ice Cream in France

Info

Available:  Daily
Start Time: 12pm
Duration: 4 Hrs
Meeting Point: Outside Formagerie Laurent Dubois, 47 Ter Blv Saint-Germain, 75005
Includes: Private Guide
Excludes: Cost of Transfers, Meals,Tastings

Additional Info

 

"Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! Larry is great, extremely helpful with prompt, friendly service.

Our family of 5 (2 adults and three kids ages 16,11,9) took a gourmet food tour in Paris with Aurore. She was delightful."
   Susan

Couple

 

During this tour, your foodographer will tell you the story of the origin of tourism. Once upon a time, the world's elites all came to Paris to finish their education and have fun, Paris being the first stop in the Grand Tour. Starting with the fundamental Parisian delight—a good meal—these excursions will bring back to life the secrets of the traditional French Tour : its rowdy and illicit pleasures, its refinements and delicacies, its dangers and brilliancy, all the ambiguities of Gai Paris.

The Grand Tour is a journey into the history of entertainment. We will follow the footsteps, if not the example of Russians dukes in the underworld of the early 19th century.

 

 

 

“You wanted to sit down in front of a new café forming the corner of a new boulevard still littered with rubbish but that already displayed its unfinished splendors. The café was dazzling." Baudelaire (The Eyes of the Poor)

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