Paris in 24 Hours
B had another of his work trips, the majority of which I am tired of hearing about as a result of the acute envy that each one incites. He tells me how tedious his trips are and then uploads pictures of cherry blossom in Japan onto Instagram and I want to stab him with the pointy end of the nit comb.
And at first I hadn’t been that interested in the idea of joining him on this one, because I am desperate to piggy back onto the Asian trips and Paris is, well, I’ve been there, done that, in my youth, many times.
But then I had my customary fight with E in which she refuses to tidy her bedroom because Baby Annibelle is having a nap on the bookshelf and "needs privacy”, and I knew it was time to hand over my offspring for a couple of days, so that someone else could deal with this crap.
And how glad I am that I did. Is it because I don’t get out much these days? I don’t remember being quite so intoxicated by Paris in the past. Is it my age? I do find such great pleasure in much smaller things now. Who knows, but I can highly recommend a trip on the ever-convenient Eurostar and a day or two in Paris for reviving one’s senses and nourishing one’s soul.
Here are a few of our highlights, should you be in the market for a brief Continental change of scenery too:
Brunch at Buvette
Cool “gastrothèque”, in the 9th arrondissement:
I know we're not supposed to photograph our food these days, but I was willing to take a gold medal for being a big loser for this:
A cocktail at Le Bristol
Wherever B and I go, we make the fatal error of checking out how the other half live, and this trip to Paris was no exception. A cocktail at this hotel bar was as spoiling and depressing as you can imagine, and worth every penny for the people watching alone.
Dinner at Au Passage
Tucked down a quiet and unassuming street in the Marais, this tapas and wine bar is packed with both French foodies and an international crowd, feasting on the delicious little sharing plates. I absolutely hate sharing, so obviously didn't, but that didn't spoil any of the fun.
A trip to Paris is never complete without a visit to the Louvre. Forget about the antiquities (snooorrrre) and head straight for the Italian and French paintings.
Many of Rodin’s most significant works are displayed in this former hotel, which the sculptor used as his workshop, and throughout the extensive garden adjoining the building.
If you have more time to explore the city, have a look at Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic City Guide.