The Art of Seeing

“I don’t want to spend part of my holiday standing in front of a painting!” Having spent practically my entire college career studying art from the world’s great scholars, A little part of me died when my dinner partner uttered those words last week.

Then I took a deep breath and realized maybe he was right. Why stand in line at the Louvre, then fight the crowds to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa  – when you could see it stress free online?

Even David Sedaris, the humorist, author and New Yorker contributor, whom I adore, said: “(The Louvre) just doesn’t interest me. I mean, I think so many people come here, and they feel like they have to do certain things because somebody told them […]

May 12th, 2017|Destinations, Paris, Rome, Venice|2 Comments

A Bit of France: Le Loop de Paris

What is there to say about Paris that hasn’t been said already. There must be millions of luxury travel blogs telling you where to go, what to do and, most importantly, where to eat. Although it’s a crowded market, I thought it was time that I throw my chapeau into the ring as well!

Since these are my Best Bits, I’ve decided to let you into the Cypriot’s and my little Parisian secret – Le Loop!  Le Loop, as it has always been called, is our way of managing Paris, if we have only one weekend in which to do it.

Most of Paris is closed on a Sunday, except for the shops in Le Marais, so Le Loop is for Saturday or another day in the […]

April 7th, 2017|Destinations, France, Paris|1 Comment

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 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