Hello Posse, Just got home from a fabulous three week sojourn in Paris Springtime 2018 with a short side trip to London (more next week). To say we had a good time is true and the most massive understatement. We met friends, made friends, found fabulous restaurants and cafes. We trawled the galleries, museums and most importantly PERFUME STORES!
Paris Springtime 2018
Paris Springtime Air BnB
I’ve never done Air BnB before. We found a fabulous apartment in the 5th floor roof of a building with an elevator to the floor below, so one very easy flight of steps. It had two real bedrooms and a third living room with futon (I took this room and loved it). Bathroom, Toilet and Kitchen were all separate with closable doors on even the kitchen for noise management. For the three of us the cost for accomodation was well under half what I pay at my favourite two hotels in Paris, worked out about AUD $55/night per person. Right in the heart of the Chatelet Les Halles (said: Chatelet lay Arl) food, fun and cheap fashion district we loved staying there.
Paris Springtime Weather
Sun was up at 5am and went down 10pm so days were long and balmy. The weather was disgustingly good. Only one day of rain and temps over the 60Fs every day up to the 90Fs on some. I haven’t been in a Paris Springtime since the 1990s and it was captivating.
Paris Springtime Sightseeing
We managed to do a LOT of walking and the Louvre was only 20 minutes easy walk up the river. Notre Dame, Pompidou Centre, the Marais and Chatelet Les Halles stations were less than 5 minutes walk.
The Metro and RER Rail are excellent and we got ourselves a weekly travel card that even took us to the Airport, Versailles and Fountainbleu Castle for 23 Euros a week.
We did a LOT of sightseeing because it was Anna-Maria and Scott’s first visit. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens, Palais Royal, the Marais, Place Vendome, walking the Seine, Versailles, Pont Neuf, Saint Germaine and more.
Galleries and museums. The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, L’Orangerie, Musée Cernuski, Musee Jusquemart-Andre, Musee Luxembourg and more.
We went into every church we passed and lit candles for our friends and families.
Paris Springtime Food
Across from our Air BnB was a Creperie run by Gaush who for 2 Euro would make delicious sugar and lemon juice crepe.
Sometimes a Croissant or Pain au Chocolat with coffees.
Lunches on the go mainly.
Dinners were our big spend and often spent in company of friends who live in or are visiting Paris. So many that we knew popping in and out it was amazing. Our best find was MonJul in the Marais, well cooked, interesting food at good prices.
Perfumistas from 4 continents at Au Pied de Cochon, one of the longest running restaurants in the Les Halles area; fun, feasting, booze, chatter and revelry.
The Ritz Paris for High Tea with pastries, cakes & chocolates. Staff were amazing and didn’t care that we looked like three backpackers just in from from Peru or India. This is a Must Do.
Paris Springtime Perfume
An Osmotheque class with the group, hosted by Patricia de Nicolai and a Serge Lutens Yellow Room Bell Jar Experience. Posts upcoming.
We were able to get to almost everywhere.
Galleries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché (bought Eric Butterbough new one) were all seen and plundered.
Guerlain stores at 68 Champs Elysees (Shalimar tea) and Place Vendome likewise.
Stand alone stores: Serge Lutens (3 bell jars! Shhh), Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Penhaligon’s, L’Artisan, CHANEL, DIOR (Santal Noire, Sakura), IUNX (Splash Forte Travel Refills), Jovoy, Oriza L LeGrand (bought Soaps), Yves Rocher (Bath Gels galore), Liquides Parfums (Kasbah by 1969) and a slew I’ve forgotten.
So where is your next holiday taking you?