Everything thats très bien…
As Paris Fashion Week brings the end to the busy fashion month (there was an actual rocket at the Chanel show!) it’s only appropriate I share with you my Paris. Im going to be honest, I didn’t love it. In fact I actually hated it and it took four trips for me to even like it. I couldn’t figure it out, we stayed at nice hotels, saw all the sights and enjoyed the rich cuisine, and yet I couldn’t wait to get on the Eurostar back to London.
It took an Easter weekend with my husband to finally get to the bottom of it – we never walked through Paris! Like so many great European cities, the best way to discover them is by wondering the cobbled streets, down narrow alleys and along the riverbanks. We walked to as many places as we could and that’s when I finally understood and appreciated the beauty of Paris. It didn’t lie in their fancy restaurants or high-end boutiques (though I love those too) but in the architecture, oldest patisseries and galleries. And like with many cities we’re lucky to visit, we all discover our own version of them and here is mine.
Le Bristol. Besides having some of the largest bedrooms by Paris standard and a beautiful inner courtyard, their breakfasts are the best we’ve ever had.
Four Seasons George V. One of the most luxurious hotels in world, sheer perfection from check in and checkout and has some of the prettiest Christmas decorations that I’ve seen.
Boume. Boutique hotel located in Saint Germain des Pres is great for exploring nearby sights and ideal for a short getaway.
Les 110 de Taillevent. if you like your wine this place is great as each dish has it’s own wine pairing.
Hot chocolate at Four Seasons. Thick, naughty and delicious!
114 Faubourg at Le Bristol. Probably the fanciest brasserie town but worth every Euro.
Go to Café de Flore to see one of the most iconic and oldest coffeehouses, but don’t eat there.
Berthillon. If you only have one ice cream in Paris, make it from here!
Colette. One of the trendiest shop in Paris full of cult brands.
Diptyque. The orginal store in St Germain looks almost the same as when it opened and still creates the most luxurious fragrances today.
Get on the Metro to Disney Land to spend a magical day.
Skip Moulin Rouge and go to Crazy Horse for beautiful and cheeky burlesque.
Explore Le Jardin Du Luxembourg.
View Eiffel Tower from Jardin du Trocadero.
Feel the love on Pont Alexandre III.
Say hi to the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, but go early to beat the crowds.
Use Uber. Yes it’s more expensive but I had too many bad city cab experiences.