I blame Emily in Paris
Whether you love it or hate to love it, Emily in Paris has become a guilty pleasure of nearly every Netflix subscriber.
I think lockdown is partly to blame for our group fascination with a series (which has already been confirmed for season 2). I enjoyed seeing Place Vendôme and The Pont Alexandre III play backdrop roles to her cringy adventures, especially as I wondered those very streets earlier this year as I attended my first Paris Haute Couture Week.
To me, couture was the ultimate achievement of working in fashion magazines. When the opportunity came my way in January, I had to grab it with both hands and secured a seat at Givenchy, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and most importantly Valentino where I sat directly behind Anna Wintour and Derek Charles Blasberg.
It was a magical few days celebrating the finest craftsmanship the fashion world has to offer which was made even better but an unforgettable stay at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel George V.
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From the grand lobby entrance and glittering courtyard to the plush carpeted La Galerie and decadent spa, this landmark hotel attracts the high fliers of the world.
I was invited to stay in the Deluxe room on the top floor which provided mesmerising views of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. As expected, the bed was like sleeping on a cloud while the marble bathroom and walk-in wardrobe provided more than enough space for a weekend getaway.
After a glass of champagne, I headed downstairs to meet a friend for what was going to be one of the best dinners of my life.
We were seated in the celebrated three Michelin starred restaurant Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer. There w were treated to a six-course meal accompanied by expertly picked glasses of wine. From Dublin Bay prawns to baked truffle spaghetti pie, each plate perfectly complimented one another and the team on hand were beyond attentive.
We ended up drinking and eating until almost 2am (a personal achievement as I usually pass out by 10pm) after which I crawled into bed for a quick nap as I had to be up at 5am to catch my flight. Did I feel slightly hangover? Yes. Was it worth it? Every single forkful and sip.
Even if I don’t stay at the Four Seasons Hotel George V again, I’ll do my best to save up for another unforgettable meal at Le Cinq. Othewise, I’ll be stopping by for the most decadent Parisian hot chocolate at La Galerie.