Who is 125 years old, but looks 25? The best looking gal in France celebrates today - happy birthday Eiffel Tower! The tower is like a best-dressed woman in Paris. By day she shows her strong lean legs, dressed classically in black with modern accessories and poses statuesque-like. But come dark, she transforms into the epitome of elegance. Dress her up with a vibrant accessory of lights and she becomes a beacon of sexy, but subtle beauty. Chic, but not overpowering she casts a glow in The City of Light that draws your attention to her without being overbearing. Sparkly in dress, but still demure in nature.
Childhood memories of running towards a merry-go-round to try to be the first to select a favorite horse to ride upon come flooding back whenever I am in France. It seems that every city I visit has at least one of these nostalgic rides. You need not look far in Paris for one of the brightly colored carousels. Most are strategically located in high tourist traffic areas, others are smaller and tucked away in petit pocket parks in residential neighborhoods. No matter where you come across one of these gems, finding a carousel in France is always fun.
The Concorde Opera Paris Hotel: four star hotel with a five star lobby and service. Located near the Palais Garnier, the Hotel Concorde Opéra Paris is a four star hotel with a five star lobby and service. As I write this post the hotel is amidst big changes. The Hilton Hotel chain has purchased the property and is beginning renovations of the rooms soon. The management team of Hilton has already begun working with the staff to ensure a smooth transition and their goal is to deliver guests a first class experience once completed.
Thibault of @38SAINTLOUISThe 4th Annual Paris Tweet Up is now history! Last month we gathered at the adorable cheese shop at 38 Saint Louis at 38 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Isle. Entrepeneurs Thibault Lhirondelle and Didier Grosjean are the young kings of frommage behind the innovative idea of serving fresh cheeses at the peak of their perfection. The shop also sells everything you will need to complete your evening meal or make a picnic out of their goods to take to a local park. Wine cheese pairings were a huge hit, a great time was had by all!
Princess Grace's tiara
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, the Cartier Exhibit at the Grand Palais has become the BFF (Best Friend Forever) of thousands of visitors. The exhibition covers two centuries of history in the world of jewels and the famous women who adorned them. Everyone from Marie Bonaparte to Queen Elizabeth, and beloved Princess Grace wore tiaras made by Cartier that lucky museum visitors can view until February 16, 2014. Stephane Bern, television presenter, was at the opening of the exhibit and was quoted as saying, "Cartier is the king of jewelers, and jeweler to the kings." He is too right!
We've all received dozens of stupid quizzes to take online that are supposed to reveal something about us that we didn't already know. Silly, but amusing at times. Mr. Weekend In Paris was out jogging before dinner so I jumped on Facebook and took the quiz, "What City Should You Live In?" Sucker!
The très non-scientific survey asks you all kinds of irrelevant questions like what is your favorite
Photo courtesy of Go With Oh
In a couple of weeks I am headed to Paris again and trying something new. I will be staying in an apartment with my two sisters. My philosophy has always been that as soon as we arrive in Paris we need to head to the hotel, dump our bags and Go! Since we will be staying in an apartment provided by the company Go With Oh in Paris, I am changing Gal Pal Rule #10 to Go, Go, Go with Oh! Oh the places we will Go!
Need a break from the holiday stress? Weekend In Paris Contributor, Margo Waite offers the perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle. Take a little walk with Margo while she was in Paris for the past few weeks.
From Margo: During the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations sometimes we’re even too busy to read. So I though perhaps readers of Weekend in Paris would enjoy a few street scenes taken around the City of Light in the last few weeks. Sit back, relax and dream of being in Paris.
Mix a unique shade of ink for your fountain pen at this shop on Rue du Bac
Christmas List Ideas: Know someone who is obsessed with Paris or all things French? Here are a few of my favorite things for the Francophile's on your Christmas list this year. There is something for every budget and I have included the descriptions directly from their websites. Simply click on the image to go directly to their site for more information on where to order these delights:
La Moulin de Galette - the windmill of the brown bread dates back to the 17th Century. Built in 1622, the mill originally was on another part of the hill, but later located towards the top of Montmartre. This landmark has been witness to some of the wildest history Paris has known. I learned from my lovely Context Travel docent Marie, that the Debray family owned and operated this windmill as a factory to sift flour from the local bran grown nearby. The tasty brown bread, known as galette, was served with milk at first but later was served with alcohol and parties ensued. Of particular note, the wine served was also mostly local as the nuns had vineyards (one still exists today) on the hillside of Montmartre and produced wines from them.