Friday, January 22, 2016

Come back to Paris!

Bonjour, mes amies!
During the past few months, I've been in touch with my Paris friends--French women, French men, ex-pats living in the Paris, and all those who love Paris and what she stands for--beauty, pleasure and love.

My friends all say the same thing--please come back!  
Please come visit our shops, boutiques, cafes.  
Please stroll the boulevards and picnic along the Seine.  
Please open your heart to the City of Love, The City of Light.

And so, with this in mind, I offer you a list of romantic things to do in Paris:

1.  Take a sunset cruise along the Seine

2.  Walk through the Tuileries (holding hands, bien sur.)

3.  Go to the L’Orangerie. And visit Monet’s Water Lilies.
 4.  Enjoy an afternoon treat at Angelina (try the famous Mont Blanc, perhaps?) and later, dine at Les Flottes on rue Cambon (across from where Coco Chanel once housed her atlier) and where you can find the most delicate and delightful lingerie at Maison Cadolle.

5.  Sip tea at Lauderee or if it’s too crowded, do try Nina’s tea salon or the café at the Grande Mosquée de Paris.

6.  Walk to Notre Dame and on the way, stop at the famous literarati haunt, Shakespeare and Company.

7.  Picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg.  Bring chocolates or macarons from Roger Patrick.  Or perhaps, Pierre Hermé. Delicious!

8.  Stroll down St. Germain, go to the Maubert Mutulaté outdoor market. 
9.  Enjoy a café créme at Les Deux Magots, but they’ll probably be crowded, so you might try the more authentic Parisian Café Bonaparte (just behind Les Deux Magots.)  Sit and watch the world go by.

10.  Take a market/cooking class with La Cuisine

12.  Go to the show at Le Crazy Horse or the Lido (if you dare).

13.  Dance on the Seine (summers only)

14.  See the fabulously funny  show “How to be French in Under an Hour”
15.  Take the metro to Trocadero and snap lots of photos in front of the Eiffel Tower (best view—much better than trying to get a picture when you’re too close).  

After that, walk down

The Champs de Mars to the Eiffel Tower.

16.  Dine at Café Lipp (this was Hemingway’s favorite hangout).

17.  Window shop at Hermés and actually buy things at Bon Marché, Printemps and the trés chic shops on the Left Bank.  Look for pop up stores--here's on at BHV (in the Marais) where they sold vintage dresses! 

 J’adore window shopping.

18Visit the Louvre, but afterwards, be sure to dine with the Parisian hipsters at Le Fumoir.

19.  Venture out to Porte de Clignancourt for the world famous flea market.  Go with Mimi Bleu!  (Her link is below).

20.  Visit Pere Lachaise Cemetary and pay your respects to Collette and Jim Morrison (among many others!)

21.  Get romantic at O Chateau.  Famous wine bar and so delightful!

22.  Experiment.  Have fun.  Let your heart lead you,

mes amies!

Here's some resources, below.  I hope this is helpful and I hope you'll return and show dear Paris your support!  xoxo

Ooh La La! Paris Tours for Women Only,

Jamie Cat Callan author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone

author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone

Specialist in visits to the French Flea Markets,

shopping, insider Paris guide

Mimi Bleu

Literary Paris

John Baxter

author of  We’ll Always Have Paris

Sexy Paris

Secrets of Paris Tours with Heather Stimmler-Hall

author of  Naughty Paris

Paris on a Budge

The Traveling Professor

author of The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris

Lingerie Tours

Kate Kemp-Griffin

Editor of the Lingerie Journal and forthcoming book on the history of  French lingerie

Cultural Historian & Paris of the Twenties Tour


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