We’ve been staying warm out in California for a few weeks now but this doesn’t mean that we’re not tremendously missing our beloved Europe and more precisely our second base, Paris. We are still in the middle of apartment hunting. Not as easy to find a place out in the city when you keep flying in and out and barely have time to squeeze in a stop at Le Bon Marché. But we are getting there. 2015 was the year of settling down in Los Angeles and hopefully 2016 will finally mean finding our dream Parisian home.
Until then, we are still exploring the city and enjoying stays in different areas to get a grasp the different vibes each has to offer. I am a huge fan of Saint Germain. It just simply breathes art, poetry and creativity… I can imagine, as I walk by the small intimate brasseries and little boutiques, all the various fascinating stories that the places have lived an old writers or painters sit quietly on a terrace, sipping on a glass of Muscat while getting inspired by the magical atmosphere of the place.
So far, we’ve tried renting a few Air Bnb’s here and there, one especially memorable in Mont Martre. It was so tiny we could barely move in the bathroom but so charming. As soon as you step out the condo, you discover this absolutely mesmerizing part of the city and you just feel transported to a completely different impression of Paris. I always feel like I am in “La Valse D’Amélie” with the musicians playing accordion and the colorful window displays. It’s one of the most charming parts of town.
Of course, we also had the most amazing hotel experiences too. I am a huge fan of lifestyle and especially hotels that provide with a complete experience. Even if we do have our favorite spots in town, from time to time, it’s nice to go through a change. Especially if you spend most of your year staying in hotels. This year in fact, we counted, we stayed more than 6months in various hotel across the world and spent 60% of our time in Paris. Which makes it obvious that we need to find a certain comfort to be able to stay productive during our stay.
I always enjoyed discovering beautiful, charming and chic boutique hotels. One day as I was shopping around on Rue Saint Honoré, I stumbled upon this beautiful entrance which indicated me that there was a restaurant called “Le Baudelaire”. I was so intrigued by the beautiful gold finishings, the black and white aesthetic. It didn’t take long before I made our first reservation for dinner and instantly : fell in love.
It is only afterwards that I understood that the Baudelaire is the restaurant part of the hotel : Le Burgundy. Hidden away from the city’s craziness, Le Burgundy is one of the most beautiful and luxurious boutique hotels I’ve stayed in Paris. Every detail is perfectly refined and it’s hard to have a better client service. Especially in Paris. Everybody is so caring and you’ll always find a chocolate on your pillow before going to bed. One thing that I am particularity sensitive to is the scent. They have their own distinctive scent which makes it so nice as soon as you step inside. The breakfast is a dream and the restaurant even better. I highly, highly recommend you guys to try it on a special occasion as it is a very beautiful, gastronomical high food experience. That is where the team and I celebrated the L’Oréal announcement! We spent the night laughing and crying while eating the most fabulous deserts and cheese. Call it a heaven on earth. Last but not least, the hotel also has a spa and pool : imagine swimming at 2am after a long day of strolling around. There’s truly nothing better than that.