Homage to King Edward VII, the chic Hotel Edouard 7 celebrates his love of Paris fashion, all things theatrical and refined. Born to parents Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the former Prince of Wales and subsequent king visited Paris often. He adored the unrestricted views of the Opéra Garnier and thus spent time in-residence nearby in what is now the Hotel Edouard 7.

rp_lion-dor-1024x683.jpgCharming villages dominate the landscape in the Loire region of France. The boutique hotels of the Relais & Chateaux are among the finest in the area. Grand Hôtel du Lion d’Or (Golden Lion) was the first stop in gal pal Gail and my three night mini “Route de Bonheur” – road to happiness and we were thrilled to find such a wonderful Loire Valley hotel.