Paris for Three Days
We checked into our hotel L’HOTEL DU COLLECTIONNEUR. A very stylish chic hotel just a few minutes walk from the Arc the Triomphe, surrounded by many boutiques and art galleries. Upstairs there is an executive lounge, where the food and drinks are included (access to that depends on which room you have booked FYI). Normally we stay in the presidential suite because it has this breath taking view over the Parisian rooftops and the Eiffel tower, but our trip here was so last minute we had to take what ever room we could get our hands on. That being said the Delux Garden View was pretty spacious for a Paris hotel room and the view was beautiful as well (The courtyard view is seen from the presidential suit as well).
After checking in we walked to a cute little cafe called Chez Ribe and had breakfast with our friends.
And off we went to see the magnificent Eiffel Tower.
Nothing beats a kiss from your prince charming in front of the Eiffel Tower.
The next day we slept in and missed breakfast, I feel like everyone in Paris wakes up by 7am and they all look at you crazy if you want breakfast at 11am, so no breakfast but we had a quick lunch from a cafe down the street.
Then went to Galeries Lafayette for some shopping. This is a must on your trip to Paris. Even if you’re not interested in the array of clothing, jewelry, or cosmetics, the dome in the atrium is absolutely magnificent and the building itself will leave you breathless.
It’s hard not to shop when in Paris.
After a day of shopping we needed to eat so we ended up at our go-to place: Resturant at Hotel Coates. Founded in 1995 by the Costes brothers who really took the time to ask designers and decorators like Philippe Starcks to work with them on perfecting the atmosphere. The gust list started out high end and exclusive, today it still holds the same cards sexy, chic, high end and exclusive.
The home DJ Stephane Pompougnac creates the most lovely lounge ambiance you could ask for in Paris. All of the food is fresh and tasty yet non-distracting, leaving you to give your full attention to the people-watching because you might see Johnny Depp, Madonna, Monica Bellucci or Sharon Stone who are fans of this place. If you happen to be there during fashion week it is the place to be after a fashion show.
This little corner was perfect for soaking up the atmosphere with my lover boy.
Finally back at our hotel and ready for some major sleep!
Waking up well-rested gave me the energy to get out and explore Paris.
I cannot remember the name of this cafe, but it was just a little hole in the wall we stumbled across and even they had AMAZING croissants. No matter where we went in Paris old – new, expensive – cheap, land mark – corner cafe every place had fresh croissants that were to die for!
We explored all day long, but unfortunately I forgot to charge my phone the night before and it obviously died on me. So I’ll give you exploring pictures next time.
We decided to meet up with an old friend at MATSUHISA for dinner. World-renowned restaurateur and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa has an internationally recognized name, usually associated with the high-end fusion cuisine that blends traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.
MATSUHISA Paris has both adopted and adapted the celebrated Nobu’s formula of Peruvian-Japanese cuisine while managing to incorporate some local French delicacies like algae tacos with black truffle or crispy oysters with caviar. If you are anything like me, you will trust the kitchen entirely and go for the omakase menu, a multi-course feast chosen by the chef each day – dependent on the best ingredients he has at hand. In this photo we ordered a plate to start because we were so hungry , but we all had omakase aside from our starter plate.
Sad to say but that’s the end of this trip, it was short but sweet.
Delta back to the states is always a nice flight because the seats are comfortable for sitting up or laying down to sleep, the 13.3-inch high resolution screen that is among the largest in its class makes watching movies from Delta’s never-ending movie list addictive, those Westin Heavenly® In-Flight blanket + duvet with pillows made the sleeping part of this flight a walk in the park, oh and the TUMI amenity kit featuring Malin+Goetz Travel Essentials is klutch, the snacks are always there when you wake up, and the staff makes you feel like a guest in their home. Plus those Sky Miles add up quickly on these long flights.
Did I mention the snacks? I am addicted to these border biscuits and the warm chocolate chip cookies they have.