Chocolate Tastings by the Louvre at Edwart Chocolatier

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Edwart Chocolatier’s storefront sign depicts the Paris Coat of Arms.

 

 

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Edwart’s hand crafted Chocolate Squares. 35 flavors from around the world to choose from.

 

 

 

The moment you approach Edwart Chocolatier boutique in Paris you will notice their sign hanging outside the entrance door. The picture of a ship on the sign depicts the Paris Coat of Arms dating from the 1300’s which means “she is tossed upon the waves but doesn’t sink,” and in Latin, “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur.” Very Impressive now where is the chocolate? As you step inside there is a lovely welcome waiting for you thanks to the amber lights casting a warm glow on the walls and the promise of chocolate soon melting in your mouth. It’s time to get up taste buds.

 

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Owner Edwin, choosing just the right chocolates for each of us to sample.

 

Enjoy the experience as Edwin playfully sizes you up to make just the right choice of chocolates for you to sample. He asks you a question or two about yourself. “What is your name and where are you from?” Pretty simple questions right, but the way his eyes twinkled as he took his time to get to know us, made everyone lean in and want to know more about each other and ourselves. You may find some flavors are subtle like the mango and saffron chocolate squares and the Madagascar cacao with a gentle hint of vanilla. Others are bolder like the Japanese whiskey with a smoky finish, the sassy dark chocolate with two peppers and the mysterious cardamom with a Turkish coffee flavor which took our group of travel writers some time to identify. If these flavours don’t fit your personality or taste buds, there are many other creative combinations laced with spices from around the world to choose from.

 

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Hand crafted chocolates displayed to look like a medieval pipe organ.

 

By the time you finish savoring – or drooling over – your samples around the glass counter, you will probably have noticed delicate chocolate squares arranged as organ pipes in the show case. Just a few short steps further towards the back of the small shop there is another display case arranged behind bright copper pipes. The organ theme has been pulled into the shop’s ambience nicely, making you feel you are surrounded by artisans that are proud to share their city’s history. It was quite appreciated rather than entering another shop with no soul that could be anywhere in the world. We found the dignified Arthur, also a co-owner, (Edwin + Arthur = Edwart) quietly standing beside the various sized packages of their hand crafted chocolates, syrups for crepes – we can do much better than Nutella people – specialty bars and drinking chocolate. Délicieux!

 

 

The prices are very reasonable, working out to under one euro per square for the larger boxes of chocolates and slightly over for the smallest package, check out http://www.edwart.fr  Additionally you can sign up for a chocolate making workshop at this location where you create your own recipe that can be taken home to impress again and again. Their location is prime, right across from the Louvre and Tuileries Garden. It is also not far from the Notre Dame Cathedral and other notable landmarks making it very convenient. The second location can be found in the lively Marais area. Edwart seems to have thought of everything, no doubt a conscious business plan to withstand even the roughest of seas today. If you like chocolate even a little  bit, don’t miss out on this experience. Your taste buds will have no problem waking up and they will most definitely be saying “merci beaucoup capitaine!”

 

Boutique Locations:

244, Rue De Rivoli 75001 Paris – Closest Metro: Line 1-Tuileries  Phone: 01 49 27 03 55 (Concorde area – across from Louvre and Tuileries Garden)

17, Rue Vieille Du Temple 75004 Paris – Closest Metro: Line 1-Saint Paul  Phone: 01 42 78 48 92  (Marais area – factory)

For hours of operation and to book your workshop click here   http://www.edwart.fr

Other helpful sites while in Paris:

http://www.secretsofparis.com

http://www.insidr.paris

http://www.en.parisinfo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Essence of Jim Morrison

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Jim Morrison’s simple grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It seemed a bit neglected on this day but somehow not disappointing. Ask for a map at the entrance to guide you.

The mesmerizing tinkling of the electric piano helping to create the sound of rain and thunder in Jim Morrison’s song Riders On The Storm held a private concert in my head. As we searched for his grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris I was surprised by this. Although I was a fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors, I had never purchased an album and I certainly didn’t listen to any of his songs leading up to our trip to the cemetery.  Our daughter was in town visiting so I thought it would be something she and my husband would be interested in.

I shouldn’t have been surprised however that this song had seeped into my psyche over the years. Especially since two of my older sisters listened to the Doors on their fold up G.E. record player incessantly in the 60’s and 70’s. The sound quality far superior to the record player, was clear and smooth in my head. I wished Shae and Keray were privy to the same internal concert that I was at, although they did get to hear various songbird melodies floating out of the trees. Between the tweets and the warmth of the sun, we were all in a relaxed reflective state as we strolled the grounds not worrying about the map.  The chills on my shoulders and arms lingered on this rare sunny day in early May but I didn’t want them or the music to end. Was it really Jim Morrison’s essence or just an overactive imagination? I didn’t really care, I was feeling something special that would disappear given too much attention.

 

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A sense of peace emanates at Père Lachaise Cemetery when you take your time.  Several other well known artists are buried amongst these headstones as well.

James Douglas Morrison died 45 years ago at the age of 27 and his mysterious music lives on as strong as ever. Was it his passion for civil rights that still resonates with us so much in his lyrics today or the fact that they were never straight forward and you had to really dig into what he was saying to understand? It is personal for every Morrison fan but he and his band had the ability to create something complex and intangible yet relatable.

Bruce Botnick, the Doors’ band engineer, told Uncut Magazine in 2007 that it took only 2-3 takes to record Riders On The Storm.  In the same article Ray Manzarek, the Doors’ keyboard player, said the song written by Morrison is about a hitchhiker who was a serial killer and also about love and spirituality. Now that is complicated. Your world on him depends/Our life will never end/Girl you gotta love your man. “Morrison felt we wouldn’t be here still in body, but our essence would never end and love is the answer to all things”.

Riders On The Storm was Morrison’s last studio recording before his 1971 death in Paris shortly after that. If you listen closely you can hear his whispered lyrics swirling slowly around the mysterious main vocals. The whispers ending as the storm fades. I hope you have found the answers Jim Morrison, wherever you ride.

Dawn Robirtis

Père Lachaise Cemetary:  16 Rue du Repos  75020 – 20th arrondissement of Paris – Closest Metro:  Philippe Auguste – Jim Morrison’s grave:  Division 6.                                                                                                        

Hours of operation:  Mon – Sat 8:00 am to 5:30 pm/Sun & Holidays 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Phone Number:  33 1 55 25 82 10

Link to map of the cemetery-graves of other notable artists     www.perelachaisecemetery.com

Other helpful sites to check out when planning your trip to Paris:

http://www.secretsofparis.com    http://www.en.parisinfo.com   

(All photos by Dawn Robirtis unless noted)