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Travelogue

An Excursion to Paris, France
Fall 2010

Getting There | Where to Stay | Excursions | Must Dos | Drinking & Dining | After Hours| Shopping

Getting There

Blue Star Jet app for Blackberry, Android & iPhone. Charter a private jet on 4 hours notice. Perfect for a last minute weekend getaway to the City of Lights. Leave and return on your schedule, instead of the airline’s. No layovers, no connecting flights, no taking off your shoes, no customs and immigration line-ups. All the perks of a private jet, without the bother. Oh and did we mention - you get to choose the champagne!

Where to Stay

Hôtel Plaza Athénée. A room with a view of the Eiffel Tower.Hôtel Plaza Athénée - our favorite digs when in Paris for a limited time - www.plaza-athenee-paris.com
Make sure you reserve the Eiffel Tower Suite. Each room has a breathtaking view of the city. But none is more delightful than the stunning perspective of the Tower itself, as seen from your bubble bath with a glass of champagne.

Excursions

As a guest of the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, you’re welcome to use of one of their house limousines and drivers or tour the avenues of the City of Lights in the Maserati which comes with your suite.

Marché aux FleursMarché aux Fleurs - Just blocks away from Notre Dame in Île de la Cité is the last Parisienne market of its kind. On Sundays the Flower Market expands to embrace antique dealers and independent designers as well as a wonderful bird market where a fine collection of cages, bird food, and bird accessories can be found.  

The Cemeterie Père Lachaise (where many famous people are buried - Jimi Hendrix? & Jim Morrison to name a few). Largest and most visited cemetery in the City of Paris - in the 20th arrondissement, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Collette, Jim Morrison, Sarah Bernhardt, Marie Callas, French artists and philosophers. The list goes on and on.

Must Dos

For Minnie, a trip to Paris cannot begin without a ride on one of Paris’s ubiquitous carousels. In keeping with our trip’s Eiffel Tower theme, she deigned to ride an elephant on the carousel at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

As Paris’s only Master Barber, Alain caters to gentlemen in search of a traditional shave, moustache grooming, a trim for their beard, a haircut, or instruction in the art of shaving. His movie-set quaint barber shop with its beautiful facade can be found tucked away on rue Saint-Claude, a quiet street in the Marais.Regardless of how your arrive in Paris, banish jet lag with an invigorating visit to the Dior Spa.

Of course pampering is not the exclusive domain of the ladies. The best groomed gentlemen visit Alain, Maître Barbier. As Paris’s only Master Barber, Alain caters to gentlemen in search of a traditional shave, moustache grooming, a trim for their beard, a haircut, or instruction in the art of shaving. His movie-set quaint  barber shop with its beautiful facade can be found tucked away on rue Saint-Claude, a quiet street in the Marais. 

Monet: Until spring of 2011, Paris is hosting 2 of the greatest shows of Monet’s art ever staged.

  • Monet show at the Grand Palais - tickets are no longer available to the public but, as Minnie & I discovered, they can be obtained by dropping the right word into the ear of our expert concierge.
  • Monet at the Musée Marmottan  - is the world’s largest collection of Monet artwork www.monet-giverny-normandy.com/monet-paris-exhibition-2010-2011

Take a walk along the Seine and check out the selection of vintage postcards for offer at Les Bouquinistes (river side book stalls)

Drinking & Dining

  • Love people watching? Then a late lunch at Café Les Deux Magots is a must. A Parisian classic.

  • Love being one of the people to be watched, then the terrace at Costes Le Restaurant is for you. Located at 239 rue Saint-Honoré, in the upscale Costes Hotel, it’s the place the glitterati come to party.

  • A glass of la fée verte (the Green Fairy). Hotel Fromentin is one of the few places to serve absinthe in old fashioned way.Hotel Fromentin. This glorious art nouveau hotel occupies a slightly risqué address at the foot of Monmartre and is one of the few places to serve absinthe in old fashioned way. Though today’s absinthe is unlikely to incite madness (Van Gogh was said to have cut off his ear under its influence), a glass of la fée verte (the Green Fairy) is a decandent way to kick off an evening of enchantment.

  • Frenchie - THE place to dine in Paris: www.frenchie-restaurant.com

  • Restaurant Le Procope is one of the oldest restaurants in Paris (1686), made famous by its classic French country cuisines and briny towers of delicacies from the sea. 

After Hours

The Marais - dining and clubbing.

St Germain-des-Pres. for after hours dancing!

Nightcaps and dessert at Le Jules Verne, the new restaurant by world renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Found on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.
www.alain-ducasse.com/en/restaurant/le-jules-verne

Shopping

Inside Le Bon MarchéCharvet www.charvet.com
Fine bespoke menswear since 1838. Now in the loving hands of master tailor Palermo, it is conveniently located near Harry’s New York Bar. 

Galerie Vivienne  - a very avante garde shopping plaza in the Marais. Pick up a sweet gift from Abis or a vintage find from La Marelle consignment store.

No trip is complete without a trip to Le Bon Marché ("the good market", or "the good deal" in French) - a department store only the French could conceive. The building itself was designed by Louis Eiffel and dates back to the 1850s. Inside you’ll find a cacophony of delightful designer fashion, a beauty and cosmetic section that seems to go on forever and a gourmet food market (la Grande Épicerie) filled with tantalizing tidbits from around the world.

Bon Voyage!
Minnie & Montgomery