Bite-Sized Bits of Paris, France

My first morning in Paris was spent crying in my café au lait. I just didn’t know where to start. Paris was so big and there was so much to see. As my croissant got soggy, I got back in bed and pulled the covers over my head. Then, all of a sudden, I remembered the very sage advice of a fellow traveller about exploring any new town.
Close your eyes and let your guidebook open to any page. 
I pulled my hand from under the blanket, grabbed my rough guide or lonely planet or whichever it was, and closed my eyes and pointed.

Seconds later, my book was inviting me to explore the Musée Rodin. Flinging off the duvet, I  grabbed my beret and ran to the 7th arrondissement.

We all think it’s a […]

February 26th, 2016|Destinations, France, Paris|0 Comments

A Bit of France: Off Piste in Chamonix

I am not a great skier, having begun too late in life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love ski resorts, and I am sure most of you non-skiers feel the same way. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by massifs, breathing fresh air, eating melted cheese in all forms, while drinking local white wines? Needless to say, I quickly fell in love with Chamonix.

Chamonix? One of the technically hardest places to ski in the world? Well, that was the whole point. My M.O. was to discover other ways a non-skier could experience the snow while the bombers* were cutting up the slopes.
(love that we were photo bombed!)
Even if you aren’t a skier, you have to try it at least once during every trip. Of […]

February 5th, 2016|Chamonix, Destinations, France|0 Comments

Bite-Sized Bits of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

For those of you who double black diamond your way through life, I’ve created my first Bite-Sized Bits. It’s Best Bits without the chat, just the facts.

First out of the gate is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, known as the resort for real skiers. Resort is probably the wrong word because Chamonix was a thriving village long before it was a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Climbing Mont Blanc was the draw as early as the 1700’s. Snowboarding came much later.

Chamonix’s reputation is Caveat Inceptor (Let the Beginner Beware!), but, even I, a green piste-r found load of other activities to fill my day. Needless to say, drinking cocoa and eating cheese were two of those seasonal pursuits I performed to the best of my ability.

Don’t worry there is something for […]

January 28th, 2016|Destinations, France|0 Comments

A Bit of Paris: The New & The Old

Everyone is looking for the newest things to do in Paris. Sometimes it’s great to feel you are the first on the block but it’s equally fun to haunt the same old place for hundredth time.  So on my last trip to Paris. the Cypriot and I not only joined the hoards in visiting the beau nouveau, but we also made time for the belle epoque.

Upon hearing that we were off to Paris overnight, my Cypriot had one thing on his GO, DO NOW! list – pop into the newly opened Fondation Louis Vuitton. This museum & exhibition space was dreamed up by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LMVH, way back when and, now, after overcoming a mountain of red tape and dissent, the doors are finally open.

We jumped on the eco-friendly bus from […]

January 19th, 2015|Destinations, France, Paris|7 Comments

A Bit of Paris – The Ascent to Sacré-Coeur

Honoré de Balzac proclaimed, “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant!” I have to admit that when you glide down Haussman’s grand boulevards in this capital of sophistication, you can’t help but know he’s right. Only at Christmastime, does the City of Light turn a little more pedestrian transforming itself into the City of Fairy Lights instead.  The grandiose store fronts and restaurants are laden with trees, baubles and enough lights to see from space. Upmarket magasins usually reserved for the haute are packed with the many in search of that perfect Noël gift. This is the Paris that the Cypriot and I descended upon this holiday season.

Our two days in Paris began as we boarded our Air France flight from London, Heathrow to Paris, Charles de Gaulle. Boarding […]

December 15th, 2014|Destinations, France, Paris|20 Comments

A Bit of France: Paris – Cool La La

 

Pierre Hermé may have already captured the macaroon flag but now he has his sights set on the traditional ice cream sandwich.  Long gone are the days of vanilla ice cream stuck between two chocolate cookies…we know that…but Mr. Hermé has taken it a step further.  He has remade his singular Ispahan macaroon (rose biscuit, rose petal cream, whole raspberries, litchis) into Miss Gla’ Gla – the most divine ice cream concoction available.

Pierre Hermé
www.pierreherme.com

 

August 19th, 2013|Destinations, France, Paris|0 Comments