Hotel Saint James Paris is just around the corner from a vibrant city area not much visited by tourists. While staying here, I took a stroll along Avenue Victor Hugo in the Paris 16th arrondissement. The 16th is not as sexy as the Right Bank, or as glitzy as the Place de la Madeleine, nor as trendy as the Marais, but it is definitely a cool neighborhood to hang out and be a global local amongst its wealthy residents.
It’s not often I get to sample century old Cognac, but when I do, I prefer the family owned and run Tesseron label. Exquisite and smooth, an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie (water of the spirits) is found in the well-aged Tesseron Extrême.
At the heart of Hotel Napoleon lies a romantic Paris story. According to the history of the hotel, “a rich Russian entrepreneur, Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine, met a young Parisian girl at a Literary fair in the late 1920’s, and fell head over heels in love.”
It would be a terrific story if it ended there,
Updated January, 2015
The first thing people ask me is, How much does a trip to Paris cost? Here’s my breakdown of what you may be spending on your dream trip to the City of Light.
Plane Tickets: Mid January to March tends to be the cheapest time to fly to Paris. Summer and Fall are the most expensive!
First Class/Business Class: Roundtrip tickets can run anywhere from $2,500 to $9,000 for business class and up to $15,000 for first class depending upon how far in advance you purchase the tickets and if you are flying direct or with stops.
Economy: Flights from the U.S. can range between $800-$1500+ depending upon your city of departure, how many stops you are willing to put up with and what airline you choose. I found fares as low as $650 but I would have to fly to eastern Europe first and then to Paris and the trip would basically eat up so much time it was not worth it to me, but might be for others on a more limited budget. Check around!
Originally a 17th Century Monastery, and later used as a guesthouse for the spirited wine family Cazes’ visitors. Chateau Cordeillan Bages Pauillac has been a relaxing oasis for the past 30 years. Perfectly situated next to one of my favorite wineries, Lynch-Bages (also owned by the Cazes family), it was a wonderful hotel to chill out in and spend a peaceful couple of days.