I absolutely love Macarons! Those made by Ladurée in Paris, are probably the most famous ones, but since they are "en vogue" you can find them practically everywhere.
According to “Larousse Gastronomique” the macaron was invented in 791 in Cormery. Others say that the invention of the macaron can be traced back to the arrival of Catarina de' Medici in France in 1553, when she moved there from Florence to marry the Duc d'Orleans (who became king of France in 1547 as Henry II.) Her Italian pastry chefs supposedly created them.
In Madrid, Spain however they are called "suspiros de modistilla", as you can see on this poster. The Spanish macarons pictured here were made at the Mercado de San Miguel.
For more information, please visit:
Mercado de San Miguel http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/ & http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.com/2010/09/mercado-de-san-miguel-madrid-spain.html