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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
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Every time I visit Paris, I try to treat myself to an experience that makes every trip to the city a little bit more special and memorable. An experience that I will anticipate before the departure and hold in my memory forever after the return.

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris was this time’s special experience that I’d been looking for.

The last Paris fashion week came along with quite a few difficulties to handle… so, stepping into Le Bristol Paris on a Friday morning and having breakfast at the 3-Michelin star restaurant Epicure was exactly what my friend Polina and I truly needed.

We sat on a round table, right next to the window that overlook Le Bristol’s pretty garden, and forgot all the rest. We both opted for their signature breakfast that was served in a delicate china along with silver cutlery by Christofle, plus there was a small bouquet of red roses on the table that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of. While we were enjoying our breakfast and thinking how wonderful life can be, the maître d’ and his assistants were attentive enough to make sure we had the best time possible and that nothing was missing from our table from the beginning till the end of our meal.

Our breakfast at Le Bristol Paris lasted a little longer than it actually should have and we are completely aware of this. But we loved the food, calm atmosphere, and immaculate service so much that it was hard for us to leave.

Tip: if you go to Le Bristol Paris, look for the lucky kitty who happens to reside in the property for free! 

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lunch at L’Orangerie

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All photos were taken by me

If you followed along with me on Instagram, you would know for sure that I spent the entire month of July in Paris. During that month, many great things happened. And now that I am back, those good moments are turning into good memories. In an effort not to forget anything, I made two lists: one consisted of the highlights of the month, and the other one consisted of the things that I achieved.

On the top of the list with the great experiences in Paris was having Lunch at L’Orangerie restaurant at Four Seasons George V Hotel. When I stepped inside Four season George V, exactly two weeks ago, it felt like I was crossing the threshold of some magic place. Right at the entrance, I encountered a young lady who asked me kindly how she can help me. I was happy to meet her but honestly I couldn’t take my eyes off of the Jeff Leatham designed floral arrangement that was all over the lobby area. I managed to make a few steps further into the Hotel’s famous Marble Courtyard. While I was waiting for my friend Brandie to arrive, I felt excited about what was about to happen and I took some pictures of the fuchsia orchideas and of the Art Deco style of the hotel.

I know I am quite fortunate to have dined in many different Michelin starred restaurants in France, and I have always found it hard to describe with words such exclusive gastronomic experiences. This time, it was from Chef David Bizet’s artistic compositions. As you can see from the photos, Brandie and I went for fish as our main dish, and for dessert, we opted for the Meringue Flower and Chocolate leaves and Soufflé. All the dishes, apart from being a great treat for our palate, were also interesting for me to photograph. Each plate was created with meticulous attention to detail, and the natural light coming from the glass-and-steel structure made my work easy.

I am grateful to be able to have another memorable experience in Paris that I can share with you all. After all, the purpose of this blog is exactly that: to have a space where I can share my photographs with the hope that through this sharing, I will be able to enrich your lives.♥

Rue Saint-Dominique

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Paris hotel recommendation: Green Spirit Hotels

Paris restaurant tip: Monjul

After visiting Paris again and again, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that the 7th district is my favourite. Seriously, I have stayed in each and every arrondisement in this city and I am glad to be in the position to share my opinion regarding which area I liked more and which less.

Rue Saint-Dominique and the surroundings is the winner of my heart. This street has everything you want: flower shops, bakery shops, the cutest french cafes, bars and restaurants, and the cutest hotels in Paris: the Green Spirit Hotels. In addition to that, if you walk to the end of Rue Saint-Dominique, you will reach another one of my favourite boulevard, L’avenue de La Bourdonnais, which leads to the Eiffel tour.

The day I checked in at the Le Pavillon, I left the luggage in my room and went out to take some photos on Rue Saint-Dominique. A while later, it started pouring and I decided to retire to the hotel room to wait for Polina to come and have dinner with me at the Monjul

Monjul restaurant was on the other side of the city, and since it was raining we decided to take a taxi. Monjul was exactly what we needed for that night, a cozy place and great atmosphere to enjoy dinner with my friend and toast our Parisian adventure. For all of you who follow along on Instagramyou might already have seen the live stories from that night.

The Green Spirit hotels consists of 3 small colourful hotels in the 7th arrondisement: Le Pavillon, Amelie and Malar. We checked them all, except the fourth one which is located in Monmartre. They are not like the usual luxury properties that I often get to feature on The Viennese Girl blog. BUT they are an affordable solution for those who want to visit Paris, and maybe stay a little bit longer than a weekend, but don’t want to spend a fortune in accomodations…everybody knows how expensive this city is, and after all, you don’t go to Paris to stay in the hotel. You go to Paris to see the city, walk around and explore. You might also want to save some bucks from accomodation to invest on shopping in the french boutiques or on culinary experiences. At Le Pavillon we had a maisonette with a winding staircase that led from the living room to the bedroom. I recommend that you check out the white maisonette, and if you have children, look for a colourful room. I also recommend that you check the vision of the hotel which I personally found very interesting.

This Paris Fashion week from last March was filled with memories that brought a smile to my face as I am writing this. We met so many people who work in the 7th arrondisement and it felt more like we were home. If we forget that my French cell phone got lost (probably stolen) somewhere in Monmartre, everything else went just fine.

Every night on the way back to the hotel, we had the best view that anyone can have in Paris, again thanks to the amazing location of the Green Spirit Hotels. 

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

The first thing that was making me super excited about Paris Fashion Week last March was the Cartier Press Event, and the second thing was the Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris.

Oh yes, here on The Viennese Girl blog, we die for little glitter and glamour, why should we hide it anyway? And Paris has a lot of them to offer, that’s why we also go, why should we hide it anyway? And all those things together always remind me the reason why I started this blog: to escape the routine, get access to dreamy places, and do things I’ve never done before.

It was raining cats and dogs the moment we stepped in at The Peninsula for our afternoon tea. Perfect timing to be somewhere indoors. Polina and I hunkered down in the armchair and indulged in delicious finger sandwiches and pastries. While sipping tea and savouring scones served with cream and jams, we took those photos. At the same time, we tried to be as discreet as possible not to disturb other people in Le Lobby, although it was quite difficult to hide our enthusiasm. The luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne, everything made a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris. If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

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Rendezvous avec Cartier

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At the beginning of this year, I asked myself whether I wanted to go to the upcoming season’s Paris Fashion Week or not. To be completely honest with you, I wanted to (of course I did) but the thing is that I didn’t really want to go through all this process of organizing everything all over again.

Believe it or not, the organizational part before the PFW is a big production. Flight tickets, hotel arrangements, presentations and shows, plus emails, emails, emails…So I was kind of skeptical and couldn’t make up my mind. For that reason, I called my friend Polina in Athens to see what her intentions were, since we spent the previous fashion week in Paris together, and we could make a decision this time together again. Together, it’s always better.

All this lasted until the moment an email from MAISON CARTIER hit my inbox. It made me change my mind immediately! Wouldn’t you change yours as well? I was kind of flattered, to say the least, that I was invited by such a huge renowned French Jeweler and Watchmaker to visit Paris for the Press day. So I felt it was meant to be and hopped on a flight to Paris on the first of March. I had a Rendezvous avec Cartier. How cool! But I didn’t stay for just one day. I stayed the whole week, but more of that on next photo blog posts.

The event took place at Hotel Pourtales. During the Rendezvous avec Cartier, I didn’t take many photos, nor had someone with me to take photos of me or for me (which could have been an option as I noticed from watching the others). My focus was rather on the collections, to see and try out some of my favourite pieces (of which you can see here), the Cactus de Cartier for instance, which reminds me of my days in Morocco, and meeting new people.

And I know, I know before you say anything…I should have published my photos from the event much earlier, but don’t be harsh with me : ) The last months I’ve been traveling non stop, and I finally found some time right now to deal with all the editorial content from Paris before I leave for the next travel adventure. I hope I will finish my work before Sunday night, because the next departure is on Monday morning.

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From Vienna to Paris with Air France

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Outfit: Oui / shoes: Humanic

It feels like Paris and I have become much closer over the years. Just this past year alone, I have visited the city three times. If you want to see the articles and photos from my previous visits, you can find them here and my photos from my visit during the summer here.

I wouldn’t miss out on Fall in Paris. So, right after I came back from Marrakesh, I packed another luggage and left for Paris for one week. In this blog post, I’m publishing some photos of the hotel we stayed in and some from the photography stroll at Jardin du Luxembourg on a Saturday morning, so that you get an idea of how Paris looks like in the Fall. I have to admit, I was quite lucky with the weather. It rained a little bit during the first two days, but after that the weather was perfect and not cold at all. One trench coat (or something light) was all I needed, and I was off to take some pictures around the city.

There are still things that I haven’t done and places that I haven’t visited in the city, so I hope for one more trip to Paris before this year ends for good. If you also would love to visit Paris, have a look at the travel competition I organized with Atout France and Air France here. Subscribe to the newsletter of Atout France and win two plane tickets to Paris. I wish you good luck.

Many thanks to Hilton Paris Opera for the great hospitality. We loved our room ♥

4 days in Paris

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After a hectic week with 3 deadlines, I finished my tasks and hopped on a flight to Paris for a press trip organized by the official tourism board of France. My daily program in Paris wasn’t based on tips of any travel guide. Since I know the city so well, I could spontaneously decide where I wanted to go and what I was up to next.

I spent a lot of time walking from one arrondissement to another because walking makes me feel good and it would have been a pity to spend time underground in the metro since the weather was so nice. And as I write this, I am asking myself: Do Parisians enjoy all this beauty around them, or do they take it for granted?

One thing that also helped me very much, which you might want to consider getting for your trips as well, is a SIM card that I bought from Orange. I had a French number and internet everywhere, which helps a lot especially if you have one meeting after another. I downloaded the app citymapper and used it mainly for directions on how to get from one point to another by metro. That made the whole experience of getting around a big city as easy as it can be.

The photos above were taken at Ralph Lauren restaurant, in the streets of Paris while I was doing window shopping, at Angelina tea house and at Ritz Hotel.

Although Paris must be the most beautiful capital city I have ever been in the world, it was yet again the people that I met and the discussions we had that made my visit so special. And the last day of my visit, the day I had to take the train for Loire Valley, I realized that 4 days in Paris weren’t enough. I am afraid that even 14 wouldn’t be…♥

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When the email from the official tourism board of France landed in my inbox, I was as happy as a clam! It felt like my wish to get back to Paris and discover more from France has been heard. I was very excited that this wish was one step closer to reality. So, this is how I found myself in Paris for the fifth time. I spent the first days of July in the city of lights walking around the boulevards, taking pictures of things that I like, meeting interesting people, and catching up with good friends that are living in Paris. Being so familiar with the city and feeling so comfortable with my surroundings was one of the best feelings during my visit this time around. Getting around Paris without using a map gave me the sense of being home, yet there is still the constant mystery of a possible little surprise around any corner. Let’s get into the details and highlight some of the beautiful happenings and encounters during my trip to Paris.

Many thanks to François and his assistant, Margaux, for the warm welcome to Chatelles’s showroom during the first day of my arrival in Paris. Once I stepped into the showroom, I had an immediate crush on their vast collection of slippers that you can see here. It’s worth spreading the words for brands that I like, and that are in line with my style. Chatelles’s showroom is situated in a beautiful neighborhood, just opposite to Musée Rodin. Apart from the slipper collection, I also loved the stairs to the showroom, the decorations, the view from the showroom overlooking Musée Rodin, and the neighborhood…pretty much everything. C’était très romantique.

Having afternoon tea at Le Meurice was like traveling to another world. I have never experienced afternoon tea in Paris before, so it was quite a unique experience. It is something that has been on my list of the things to do while visiting Paris. I made myself comfortable at the restaurant Le Dalí, and I savored delicious treats made by the pastry chef, Cédric Grolet, while admiring the gigantic Ara Starck designed canvas hanging above me. It was an exhilarating culinary experience that I would definitely recommend. If only I could have one small treat right now…

One of the highlights of my trip in Paris was my visit to the Maison Boucheron. I got the chance to photograph and try some of their exquisite pieces, like Nara the Deer ring, which you can see here. It was quite an exciting experience visiting the Maison Boucheron, the first jeweler in Place Vendôme.

All in all, I had the time of my life yet again. Don’t be surprised if you find me in Paris again soon.. pour une balade romantique.♥

Special thanks to Atout France for organizing this press trip, Air France, Loire Valley Tourism and SNCF for making it happen. Stay tuned for the next blog posts from my press trip to France.

 

My Paris perfect apartment

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Photos of me are taken by Justien Oltenfreiter, edited by me.

My Paris perfect apartment was located in the Avenue de La Bourdonnais. Uber left me in front of the door. I stopped for a while and looked up. Having an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower wasn’t anymore one more part of my unlimited imagination but it was about to become my daily reality. For a moment, all the apartments I have lived in in the past unfolded in front of my eyes and I caught myself reflecting on “how far I‘ve gone”. I snapped a picture to freeze the moment with a little hope that this moment will last forever. The lift, one of those old ones, brought me to the fifth floor. After I opened the door, it took me some time to realize what is happening. My Chambertin apartment blew me away, from the moment I stepped in till now as I write this post. I called a friend of mine and asked “what’s happening and where all this is going?

The days that followed were as dreamy as my Paris Perfect Aparment: every morning breakfast at the balcony, hot evening baths, encounters with endearing Parisian people, a dazzling Chanel fashion show and in the background a bling bling Eiffel Tower hypnotizing me every night on the Avenue de la Bourdonnais.♥

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