We will be escorting a group trip to Paris France, the Normandy area, and a 7-night river cruise aboard an Amawaterways river cruise ship next November. The dates of the river cruise are November 4th to November 11th of 2021. We will be putting together and offering pre and post-cruise extensions and we will be there with you guiding you every step of the way.
The City of Sweets?
Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance, and sweet on the palate. It is a sugar lovers’ dream, and the only problem you’ll have when it comes to the delectable French desserts is which one to choose. To help you navigate that yummy last course, we’ve broken down the top 10 must-try desserts for your visit to France. And if you have to eat more than one a day to get through them? Well, c’est la vie!
10 Sweet Treats to Eat While Visiting Paris
The Tartes Aux Fruits – The tartes aux fruits are prepared with fresh fruit inside a buttery pastry. The fruit sits atop a heavenly Chantilly cream. You can enjoy these tartes in both miniature and pie sizes.
The Éclair – The éclair is a popular dessert in Paris. The long French choux pastry can be filled with either a rich custard or pastry cream and topped with a sweet fondant. By definition, the term éclair means lightning in French. Go figure!
The Paris Brest – This pastry was created to celebrate the Paris to Brest bicycle ride in 1891. Naturally, it’s circular and contains praline flavored crème and choux pastry.
Macaron – Macarons are undeniably delectable. There are so many flavors to choose from. The base ingredients include meringue and almonds. Be sure to not confuse it with coconut macaroons, in which the English added the -oon to the word in the 16th century.
The Tarte Au Citron – Tarte Au Citron, also known as the lemon tart, are also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest, and of course, eggs and sugar.
The Mille-Feuille – This fluffy treat comes in a vanilla or custard slice and consists of several layers of puff pastry. Between the puff pastry lies an additional two layers of pastry crème. Another name for the mille-feuille is Napoleon.
The Tarte Tatin – Named after the hotel that serves the dessert (Hotel Tatin), the tarte Tatin is a unique upside-down pastry. Its ingredients include caramelized fruit prepared with sugar and butter. It pairs famously with a bit of tart crème Fraiche.
The Choux à La Crème – These cream puffs are created using puff pastry as well. They swell while cooking and are hollow. The oozing center can be either whipped cream or custard. Interestingly enough, once you add chocolate as your topping, it then becomes a profiterole. There are various toppings you can add to this pastry, from ice cream to fruit and even spun caramel.
Croissant – This buttery, flaky wonder is a signature French pastry. There are so many ways to top it; you can use fruit, chocolate, fondant, or a compote of your choosing. You will not be disappointed. The Petits Four – Translated, petit four means small oven, and are also known as mignardises. The fours are little bite-sized pastries that can also be savory if you choose. The sweet option includes a sugary glaze atop a crispy biscuit. These pastries are perfect for tea parties.
Our Escorted Trip in November 2021
We will be escorting a trip to Paris in France next year. We already have several staterooms booked for an Amawaterways Wine cruise on the Seine River. The itinerary is the Impression of the Seine and Paris. Our plan is to also put together a pre-cruise and a post-cruise extension to offer in addition to the cruise. This will give us all an opportunity to explore more of the area in addition to what we will be able to see while on the cruise.
If you would like to learn more about the trip or the itinerary, just click Impressions of the Seine and Paris
The price of airfare will not be available until the 28th of December of this year. At that time, we will be able to put together the rest of the trip. We are open to suggestions and ideas. We have six or more ideas ourselves and can not wait to share them.