When my wife and I lived in Paris in 1978-81, Fauchon was the ne plus ultra of gourmet stores. Great pastries, jams (my memories of their confiture de myrtilles are still vivid, and even Hediard's excellent version is not the same), prepared foods and exotic imports, like peanut butter and even (dieu forbid!) sweet corn for Americans. It is now a shadow of its former self, a world-wide brand with new owners. But, they still have some magnificent things, as demonstrated by a recent pass by their windows.