If you’re ever in Paris, do yourself a favour and stay at Manoir de Beauregard. It quite possibly has the world’s best breakfast: fresh pastries, yoghurt, homemade jams and compotes, baguette, cheese, homemade cakes, freshly squeezed juice, hot chocolate from Angelina’s – what more could you want? And if you get the chance, ask Marie-Rose to make her french toast. Don’t question it, just do it. It may be the unhealthiest thing you will ever eat (brioche soaked overnight in cream and sugar and then fried with even more sugar? What’s not healthy about that?), but I guarantee it is oh so worth it – not a day goes by where I don’t dream of it. And not only does Manoir de Beauregard have the best breakfast ever, but Marie-Rose and George are also the sweetest hosts you will ever meet, and the B&B itself is gorgeous. Just watch yourself on those breakfasts – too many days eating there and you may need to roll yourself home.
That’s what happened on this day – Mum and I ate waaaaaaay too much (this is actually debatable – I’m not sure that you can eat too much of Marie-Rose’s breakfast), and decided to walk some of it off by heading out to the Jardin des Plantes. Our visit started with me receiving a proposal on the metro – I guess it’s the white tutu? It did receive a lot of stares – I suppose the French aren’t used to seeing a 6 foot tall redhead casually wearing a tutu. But even more exciting than getting proposed to by a random stranger on the metro was seeing a bunny in the gardens! I’m easily amused, okay? And bunnies are totally cute. Even if he ran away from me when I tried to befriend him. Multiple times.
Bunny talk aside, the gardens are quite pretty, and are definitely worth a visit if you’re in Paris. I suggest you do like us, and pair a visit to the Jardin des Plantes with a visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg – start with the Jardin des Plantes, and then take a walk to the Jardin du Luxembourg. It’s a nice walk, with lots of interesting shops and sights in between the gardens, and you can walk off (some of) that breakfast. Make sure to stop at Librairie Galerie Louis Rozen on your way – I discovered this bookshop on this trip, and completely fell in love. It has new and vintage books on all sorts of topics – art, fashion, history, photography, design, music, kids books, etc. I had a long conversation with Stéphane, one of the owners, who told me that he selects books for the store based on their feel, rather than on a topic. This means that every book in the store is connected in some way, and you really feel like you’re looking at a selection of well curated books. I was in the store for a few hours, trying to decide what to buy – unfortunately I was limited by luggage restrictions, but I did manage to pick up a book of vintage film stills from the 20s and 30s, and a first edition book of Disney stories from the 60s! After all that shopping and walking, by the time you get to the Jardin du Luxembourg you’ll be ready for a picnic lunch and some crêpes – I know I said we ate a lot at breakfast. But to be fair, by the time we had lunch it was 4 in the afternoon. And who can say no to baguettes?