Tea at Les Ombres

Les Ombres, the chic restaurant atop Musée Branly, has added tea to its menu. Pastries are served from 3-5pm daily – and include creations by pastry chef/chocolatier Pascal Chanceau. Choose tarte au citron meringuée with lemon sorbet, or carrement chocolat au lait et noisettes.

Tea is from Mariage-Frères, coffee from Columbia, Cost Rica, and New Guinea.

Les Ombres looks at the Eiffel Tower, a few blocks away, through a glass roof. On warm afternoons, tea is served outdoors, on the terrasse.

Lunch at Les Ombres can cost 40 euros per person; dinner runs about 100. At 10 euros per pastry, tea isn’t inexpensive. But the view is impressive, the pastries sublime, and the price puts a bit of luxury in reach.

Eco-visit Offers Environmentally Friendly Paris Tours

vertical garden, musee branlyKnown – and loved – for its green spaces, Paris is beginning to get a reputation for an environmentally friendly way of life. Enter Eco-visit, offering daily tours of the city that focus on the city’s green side.

Hour-long tours leave daily from Place de la Concorde in an air-conditioned Toyota Prius. Their sweep of the town focuses on new technology – the new LED-lit building owned by France Soir, and air sensors that measure daily Paris air quality, for example – as well time-tested strategies that make the most of the natural environment.

The vertical gardens at the Musée Branly, the positioning of the Champs-Elysées to frame the sunsets, and the beehives on the roof of the Opéra Garnier are also part of the tour.

For travelers interested in minimizing their carbon footprint while in Paris, the company also offers airport transfers in the Prius, half-day chauffeured car rentals, and green certified lodging.

Prices are discounted 10% Sept 16-22, in honor of Green Mobility Week in Europe.