Helloooo! I went to Paris a couple of weekends ago but haven't had a chance to sort through the photos until now. This isn't a guide to Paris whatsoever as I don't know the city THAT well but thought I'd talk about where we stayed, what we saw and ate - just like any other typical nnyley holiday posts.
So, starting off with where we stayed - we stayed at the Four Seasons George V, one of my favourites in the world. The location is perfect on Avenue George V because it's right next to Champs-Élysées and all the designers along and around that street. The inside of the hotel is stunning, especially the chandeliers and the floral arrangements around the lobby and the restaurants. They always kill the lobby game!
We didn't actually go to see a whole load of sights because we'd done that a million of times before but we did see the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur. I'll insert some photos of them below.
I think a visit to the Chanel store (31 Rue Cambon - I have that address memorised) and Hermès (17 Rue de Sèvres) is a must when in Paris, regardless of whether you'll end up getting something or not. If you're an avid fan (or maybe not even avid, have an interest in fashion), you'll know that Coco Chanel lived above the boutique and the couture salon. The whole place is so beautiful and gets you to understand what Chanel is really about. The Hermès Sèvres is just as beautiful, in a different way of course. Considering the Lutetia swimming pool as a historical landmark in Paris, the designers of RDAI tried to conserve the pool while renovating it, leaving behind much of the tiles on the floor and on the pillars. The simplistic sweeping wood cocoons housing separate categories of items like homeware, clothes, stationary add to the wow factor of the place.
But what's a visit to Paris without some gallery/museum visits? We went to Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and Palais de Tokyo and I can safely say, this time round, Palais de Tokyo was my fave. I wanted to see the Jeff Koons exhibition in Pompidou since I didn't get to see it in New York but that had ended just before we got to Paris. Disappointment aside, (we should've looked it up anyway) the view from the top of Pompidou was unparalleled and I got to see the whole of Paris. The Louvre is always just a bit exhausting because of it's sheer size so if you don't have a lot of time I'd recommend googling locations of the more "well-known" works. Palais de Tokyo is pretty much wholly dedicated to modern art which I LOVE and the Takis exhibition was so inspiring fusing art and science together.
Okay, now on the the "eat" part of this post. I'm sad to say that my camera died mid-trip and I didn't bring my charger (I should've learned my lesson) and so without that physical reminder to take pictures, I pretty much just forgot about it. You didn't miss out much because we had breakfast at the hotel and went to pretty typical restaurants. Starting with macaroons, I have a rather bold claim to make - I actually don't love Ladurée, Pierre Hermè is my actual fave. There was a massive queue though so I had to settle but they were still so good. Restaurants we went to are L'Avenue (4rd and 5th pictures), Ralph's (6th, 7th, 8th), Hôtel Costes, Merci. We also had a couple of "business" dinners at where our friends took us to Septime and La Cantine du Faubourg (9th). I think you guys will know about all the places I've listed but I hadn't heard of Cantine du Faubourg and I LOVED it. It was so chilled, gave off kind of a buddha bar feel if that makes sense and was eclectic in the right amount.