There’s an aura of coolness surrounding the first floating hotel in Paris – and it’s the novelty of introducing a unique setting in a city that thought its seen it all.
Docked at the river Seine, the boat/catamaran or otherwise hotel overlooks the steel bridge where metro line 5 passes every few minutes – a very artistic trend nowadays that mixes modern luxury with a plebeian scenery. The hotel itself looks like a rectangular warehouse smothered in wooden window blinds keeping it’s sleek interior space private, until you cross the ramp and walk into the stunning bar.
The bar is cut in half by an open deck showcasing a long plunge pool that seems to go onto the river (an infinity pool illusion). Theres’s certainly an attractive business slash hipster ambiance what with the golden swan floatie hanging out on the pool and the musical playlist. I had a glass of rosé and enjoyed the warm summer breeze by the pool, happy to note the place wasn’t as crowded since most Parisians are on vacation in August. If you’re in Paris, don’t miss this place!
Photos by Ketevan Giorgadze IG: @katie.one
Perched at the top of the steps of Montmartre is the Australian restaurant Hardware Société bringing it’s Melbourne flair for brunching to a space decorated by black and white tiles, marble top tables and colorful golden rimmed coffee cups – a blogger’s dream café.
Though I can’t say I enjoyed the climb up the stairs (it’s next to the Sacre Coeur Basilica), the quiet neighborhood was an oasis in the typically polluted streets of Paris.
I went up with my friend Katie (whose photos I shared) and ordered from the tempting menu. A flat white, a plate of roasted mushroom with poached eggs on a bed of cheese and toast, an egg casserole (fries mixed with chorizo and eggs) and a raspberry pastry. It’s worth climbing the stairway to heaven!
There’s a tropical paradise hidden in the midst of Pigalle by name of Aloha Café. The newest addition to the coffee scene in Paris has the freshest bites to eat with a Hawaiian motif. In pastel-colored ceramic plates are served blueberry scones, sandwiches and even quinoa tabbouleh with a menu changing every week.
I stopped by for a latte in a pink cup, but the interior design and the service was so wonderful I’m already a regular. It’s a lovely place to spend the day among palm tree wallpaper and bouquets of fresh peonies.
I’ve been hearing quite a lot about the new Magnum ice cream shop that opened in Paris, so I passed by Le Marais to get a taste. It’s not your typical ice cream bar on a stick, you design your own ice cream. Mine was vanilla inside, dipped in milk chocolate then sprinkled with three flavors of pearl-like beads.
It’s no wonder they’re marketing this to fashion girls – the likes of Kendall Jenner and Suki Waterhouse being ambassadors for the brand. The ice cream is a jewel! #ReleasetheBeast
I was never the kind of little girl who dreamt of princesses and castles.Though I did own enough Barbies to populate a tiny island, it wasn’t until recently that I got the idea to spend a night in Cinderella’s abode.
Apart from the many palaces and castles kept as historic landmarks and museums, France has hundreds of castles used as a hotel space where you can book your wedding or just spend the night. I chose Château Landel – a small getaway between Paris and the town of Rouen (where Gustav Flaubert the author of Madame Bovary is from).
The bedroom was small with rose pattern wallpaper, a circlular window that opened to the gardens and lamps whose yellow light made me feel I was in an abbey. The bed squeaked and the wooden beams were ancient, but this is what sleeping in an old French home is like – quaint, cozy, and 18th-century-ish. Of course, it was traumatic when the WiFi wasn’t working, but it was nice to step away from the digital world and spend an evening gazing at the stars. After all, the place describes itself as ‘le relais du silence’.
How beautiful it was when the light of morning peaked through my window, and my breakfast was brought to my bed. I dipped into flaky croissants, orange juice, tea and pain au chocolat. Everything is so fresh in the countryside – the food is warm, the air is clean, the people are kind. A weekend in a castle is a lovely break from Paris.
Château Landel: http://www.chateau-du-landel.fr/fr/
The luxury department store Le Bon Marché is home to an equally upscale specialty grocery store called La Grande Épicerie. What is just so grand about it? Well they have every ingredient, sauce, or sweet confection a true Parisian chef can dream of.
Though I’m not a connaisseur of exotic jams or honey, I love to look through the thousands of perfectly packaged items and dream of one day being able to cook my guests a three course meals using these lavish recipes. I do however do plenty of shopping at their baked goods section! Aside from the rasberry cakes, and strawberry cakes, and mousses of chocolate, I love to get a box of macarons. I opted for the following flavors. lychee, yuzu vanilla, pistachio and rasberry. Mmm, c’est delicieux!
It’s finally spring in Paris! The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees are stretching their petals through out the city. We’re also lucky strawberry season is upon us. Time for strawberry cakes and nutella dipped desserts. The whole city is blooming.
Shopping at the market for fruits, flowers and time spent on the terrace drinking tea is never wasted.Hello Spring!
Château de Chenonceau
For Easter weekend I traded noisy Paris for the quaint and quiet French countryside of Le Val de Loire. This area is known for its many castles, among the most beautiful are Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord and Château de Blois.
It was special to see the lovely Château Chenonceau, which I had dreamt of visiting ever since I saw a picture of it in my grandfather’s French book years ago. Though it resembles a princess castle, it didnt’t belong to royalty! The couple who built it were bankers.
Magnolia tree in Château de Blois
Château de Chambord
I stayed not in a castle, but a bed & breakfast in the middle of a forest without Wi-Fi. The next morning I woke up to croissants, granola and hot milk overlooking the woods of which I have no decent photos except of this souvenir. It is lovely to detach from social media and get away for the weekend!
I tend to get lost and lose track of time while exploring through Parisian streets, but I’ve got a handy tool to organize my day. I collaborated with Jord, a luxury hand-crafted watch brand from the U.S. which specializes in wooden watches.
I opted for the Dark Sandalwood from the Fieldcrest series because I like it’s simplicity. The minimal design is discrete – Parisians don’t like anything too flashy – and the wood wraps softly around my wrist..
So I can get breakfast at Carette, macarons at Le Bon Marche, and take photos of my outfit with this cute little wooden arm candy that’s also helpful. Shop the brand here JORD.