Sunday, July 13, 2014



Paris is the most beautiful city in the world.  There are so many things that will make you fall in love.  Architecture, shopping, food, history and art all come together in the most romantic way.  It has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world next to Tokyo.  Be sure to check out the Effiel Tower, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.

Palace of Versailles

If you can manage to venture a little bit out of the city The Palace of Versailles is place not to be missed.  The first mention of the Chateau was in 1038 and later became the home of King Louis XIV when he decided to move his home from The Louvre.  Points of interest include; The Hall of Mirrors,  The Chapel of Versailles, The Grand Apartment (The living quarters of King Louis XIV), The Opera and The Garden.   The Garden consists of 250 acres which is laid out in a geometric fashion. 

Where to Stay

The perfect Parisian decor and feel located close to the major shopping street "Rue Saint-Honore".  It was also the place where the famous Woody Allen Film "Midnight in Paris" was filmed.

Where to Eat
Hotel Costes-
Costes is both a hotel and a chic restaurant.  It is a place to see and be seen.  Make sure to have a reservation as this is not a "walk in" type of place.  It has all the typical French quinine and drink.  Make sure to visit the Costes perfumery on your way out for scents that can only be bought in Paris.

Where to Shop

Rue Saint-Honoré
Is home to a number of French designer shops including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Givenchy and Christian Louboutin.  Since these fashion houses are based in Paris it is easy to find items that are not sold anywhere else in the world!

Notre Dame Cathedral
This Cathedral which was built in 1160 towers over the city of Paris and is considered the best exhibit of Gothic Architecture.  It has been the place of many significant events in history and has some of the most exquisite sculptures and stained glass.  It is also referred to in the popular story The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo.

"Love Lock Bridge"

A place to observe and take photos.  Many tourists flock to this famous bridge where they enjoy the ritual of putting a pad lock on the bridge to represent everlasting love.  Recently part of the bridges railings collapsed due to all of the weight so it might be best just to observe and take pictures.  Love padlocks can be seen at the Pont des ArtsPasserelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l'Archevêché bridges in Paris.

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