Paris is always a good idea, and I try to visit a few times a year. After all it’s just a short train ride from London.
The LSH (long suffering husband) and I, adore our little Paris visits, though understandably, you dear readers, may be sick of me talking about them.
If you are visiting, a good hotel is a must, and make sure you don’t over schedule. Trying to ‘do’, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Bon marchè in one day, will leave, even the most tenacious of travellers, feeling beaten up. Not to mention full of hostility towards the joys of Paris.
After a delightful hotel breakfast, we usually attempt one cultural event, followed by a long bistro lunch. Then we sit around having cafè noirs and cafè gourmandes, observing the chic Parisians for fashion lessons.
We stay in st Germain, which is a bit less touristy than most, let me tell you. Parisians are tres chic, it is no myth. They take their wardrobe and beauty regime very seriously, despite some old smoker die hards. (Which just goes to show nobody is perfect.)
Restrain seems to be a typical Parisian characteristic. They don’t overbuy like we do. When shopping and trying on things in Paris, I am offered choice of style and colour – none of that gushing ‘if in doubt buy both’ nonsense. Their shop assistants, seems to know clothes. Their shops are better and seem to confidently stock more unknown and upcoming designers. Unlike say, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London, both of which have now become Meccas of unwearable, outrageously priced bling.
They don’t seem to overeat either, ‘degustation ‘ rather than ‘stuffing ones face’ seems to be the norm. Just a little champagne, a little fresh unsalted butter a taste of this or that.
Let me have your tips on great Paris visits- and if you are not fatiguè of reading about it, I will post some photos of our hotel room. It is such a find! Have to change for tonight- back soon.
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