Fondation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne | Paris, France | Of course, on our first day, as soonas we had free time and to kill the jetlag, we had to come to see/explore the new Foundation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne. This fantastic creation by Frank Gehry. We spent two hours walking around. Quite lovely. Here some photos. Continue reading Fondation Louis Vuitton at Bois de Boulogne
Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel | Paris, France | Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company. (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Continue reading Eiffel Tower behind-the-scenes tour by Gustave Eiffel
BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa | Paris, France | La Réserve Hotel & Spa, the brand new hotel by the Michel Reybier Hospitality, has opened its doors weeks ago in Paris, and I was lucky to be invited to do a walk-around followed by a lovely lunch at their featured restaurant Le Gabriele. Sister property to my usual headquarters in Paris, the La Réserve Luxury Apartments in Trocadero, brining a new concept of exclusivity and sophistication, located at a very peaceful and tres chic section of the city of lights, off Av des Champs-Elysees flanked by Avenue Matignon and the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore at 42 avenue Gabriel. Continue reading BRAND NEW La Réserve Hotel & Spa
La Reserve Paris Apartments | Paris, France | Our regular pied-à-terre when visiting Paris for Fashion Week for RUBINSINGER’s Showroom. Perfectly located in Place du Trocadero, only steps away from the Eiffel Tower and Champ-de-Mar. One of my favorite districts in Paris. Luxury and discreet furnished apartments, with limited hotel services. Our 02 Bedroom apartment of 160 sqm is super comfortable and has a side view of the Eiffel Tower, from the large windows along the dinning and living room. A basic French/Continental Breakfast is prepared every morning for you by their staff. Rate around EUR 2600 per night. Watch the video of our 02 Bedroom Apartment. Let me know if I may assist you booking this property. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends Continue reading La Reserve Paris Apartments
GPS Carlos Melia at Place du Trocadero | Paris, France | To me the best views of the Eiffel Tower that Paris has to offer. Just spectacular. You get to see the Eiffel Tower in full, plus the fountains and Champ du Mars. Located on the 16eme arrondissement, Metro station Trocadero of the line 9. Trust me you wont regret it. And then from there you can go down the stairs to the base of the Eiffel Tower. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Dinner at Hotel Particulier Montmartre | Paris, France | One of the thing I enjoy the most about traveling constantly, is research. Finding those new places, by local sources or friends, that usually are not available or popular with tourists. So two days ago, I asked everyone I knew in Paris, for a great restaurant option in the district of Montmartre, and most of them came up with the same exact three options: Le Coq Rico (the restaurant everyone is talking about in Paris) but not a valid option for us, since their concept is communal tables and that does not go with me. Le Moulin de la Galette and our choice for the night the tres mignon Hotel Particulier Montmartre. In all fairness, not the most polished service or best gourmet experience you will find in Paris, but the whole experience, the ambiance and the location, make it an outstanding experience, very romantic and unique indeed. As you arrive to Avenue Junot 23, you will ask yourself, where am I ???? well wait till you go through the private gates and arrive to the house.
Within the intimate recesses of this 19th century mansion, the boudoirs and sitting-rooms will henceforth favour the most consummate of experiences, a new form of ‘art de vivre’. In an ideal setting, guests are invited to partake in a lost paradise. Oscar Comtet, master of ceremonies, beckons visitors to indulge in multiple encounters.
Reception is open to the public for breakfast (or brunch on weekends), dinner and for bar service. By reservation only, Hotel Particulier Montmartre welcomes patrons Wednesday through Sunday in the drawing-rooms and, weather permitting, in the garden.On request, private dinners are available for a minimum of eight persons. This is a tailor-made experience to discover ‘art-house’ cuisine.
The menu is very succinct , with 3 options on each step and an extra of French Frommage experience, which of course we tried. Drinks, lets agree that are not France forte. Having been here for over a two weeks already, I have not found any venue able to put together a descent Dirty Vodka Martini, and most of them look at you perplexed when you say, can I have more Olives Juice ???? So once again we tried hoping this time they would get it right, but no… so we moved on to wine and Rose Veuve Clicquot.
First step, a wonderful Oeuf Cocotte wtih mushrooms, onions and herbs. So tasty and the mix of temperatures and textures, just a great way to begin a lovely evening.
Second step, Bar Fish with mushed potatoes. Presentation wise not a big hit, but tasty and very well cooked and garnished. Total cost of the dinner per person (EUR 145).
A jewel case in the last bit of historic Montmartre scrubland, nestled between the famous Avenue Junot and Rue Lepic, this vast Directorial style house is located in a unique spot. Facing the « Witch’s Rock » this former private home transformed in 2007 into a five-suite, luxury hotel is surrounded by both an exceptional private garden landscaped by the architect Louis Benech and a turn-of-the-century pétanque court. At the hotel, works of art and collectible objects are an integral part of the suites, lobbies and salons. They are not exposed as in a gallery but rather comprise the elements of the living space.
And after a lovely dinner and evening, we needed a walk. That is the magic of being in Montmartre, just steps away from the restaurant, we had this lovely views of the Eiffel Tower, and La Basilique du Sacre Coeur Montmartre. What else can you ask for a perfect romantic evening. Unfortunately I was not able to see the Suites, since the hotel (of course) was fully booked, but a great reason to return soon. Bon Appetit. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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My day exploring Paris at Eiffel Tower and Musee du Louvre | Paris, France | Today on my second day in Paris, I spent the full day walking around the city and featuring the main highlights to share them with all of you. Hope you like my videos and photos. Tomorrow of to Versailles. Good Night Un Bisu, A Bientot et Merci.!!! Continue reading My day exploring Paris at Eiffel Tower and Musee du Louvre