12 May 2016

Paris, mon amour!

    I know I've said I'll never going to visit Paris again, but let's face it, who can possibly refuse it. Probably this is one of the nicest things about offering professional services in traveling. 
      With one of the largest economy in Europe, France is one of the largest exporter of luxury goods in the world, with the top four companies: Cartier, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel alone which worth billions. 
  If you decide to travel to Paris this year, you will definitely feel a change in hospitality: 
Paris vous aime! Or Paris Airport loves you! Is a new concept for Jewel of France industry in order to promote and manage globally a closer relationship with the passengers. PA new logo displays Parisian identity, the Eiffel tower and its openness to the world. We are all excited for this new strategy! 
   With 22 stamps on my passaporte only this year, and pitching up my full time job @asite, I can only say ' I am the manager of my life' - In order to break the rules you must first master them, someone told me. Please note that our privacy politics does not allow me to talk about my clients’ experiences or their bespoke trips, so therefore I will be referring only on myself. 

So, what else can you do in Paris beside catching the red bus for a full tour?
  • well... you could visit the Lindt factory for a hot chocolate just across the street of La Fayette Galleries main entrance. 
  • or you could use a yacht hotel on Seine for a romantic night. VIP Paris  offers all sort of packages hard to refuse when it comes to please their clients. If you have already booked your accommodation, that's alright, you can still book the dinner on Seine (130Euros). 
  • if you fancying something different then you can try BustroNome, the double deck luxury bus restaurant. I've seen it, I bet on it! On board passengers will discover the most beautiful views of Paris while enjoying the best of its gastronomy for only £68.
We all know that France is the motherland of cuisine.
When the multi-Michelin-starred chef, Alain Ducasse has been asked if the rest of worldwide restaurants that he manages are still part of the french cuisine, his answer was: '' Absolutely. French cuisine is an expertise that is expressed in whatever environment we find ourselves... Gastronomy is like fashion collections. I have a French collection in London, a contemporary French collection in Paris, a naturalness at Le Plaza and a Mediterranean collection in Monaco. Each is unique... ' The right products at the right place. Isn't that a nice thing to say?
  • If you don't catch a seat to one of the cabarets, search for a rooftop high end terrace (necessary with a view over the tour and chic French garden). I've tried this time Shangri La Hotel. The vegan pastries and the piano performance for the afternoon tea just made my day. 
  • If you are a fan of the historical villages, I suggest you to take a ride around Paris. There are some nice farms out there not to be missed. 

The combination of boucheries smell with Chanel on the city streets makes everything feels so authentic French. 

Did you knew:
 -that the shortest reign ever was the king of France, Louis XIX for only 20 minutes?
 -or that Paris is hosting over 80 luxury exclusive hotels?
 -'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' is the national motto of France.
 -the French  Army was the first to use camouflage in 1915
 -in France you can marry a dead person? Yes you definitely can under the French law.
 -France was the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away the unsold food in Feb 2016. By law you must donate the wastage to banks or charity.
 -about one million French people living near the border with Italy speak Italian.
 -Europe's tallest mountain is in the French Alps- Mont Blanc at 4,810m/ takes almost 12 hours to climb.
 -the Louvre Museum, receives over 9 million visitors each year.  Almost as population of Greece.
 -French wines can reach astronomical prices (world record 1,619 Euros per standard glass of DCR Romanee- Conti in Hong Kong)
 -French gastronomy was awarded as UNESCO World Heritage in 2010.
 -France produces nearly a billion tons of cheese a year in around 1,200 varieties.
 -the French eat around 30,000 tonnes of snails a year and also it is an offence to carry live nails on a train in France without their own ticket.
 -today France still retains 15 territories overseas.

Every Saturday, the West side of the City (considered also the artistic side back in the day) gets populated with hundreds of youngsters who are enjoying their dinner and a glass of wine with no stress whatsoever. 
Only in Paris!

French Luxury behind the scenes. 
Paris on Seine cruise. Worth every penny. 
Pop in to Guerlain show-room museum if you have some spare time on Elysee, beside their stunning shop, they also provide a very chic dining restaurant in the basement and on top of it they are engraving  your name on any fragrance bought this summer.
Paris is painted in 'toutes les nuances du  classique'. 

I've been surprised that everywhere you walk, everyone speaks English, is like Parisians became better.  Finally the French understood that being multilingual increases the economy. 

You would of loved Paris this time Peter.

 With love,
A Salalidis

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  1. Stefan Bollhalder16 May 2016 at 02:10

    Dear Andreia Salalidis,

    Thank you very much for you nice review regarding your 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea! I am very happy to learn that you did enjoy the ambiance at La Bauhinia especially the piano performance. Please be assured that I have taking into account your remark regarding the service delivered and I will discuss with concerned person in order to further more improve our level of service.

    I am very happy to see that our hotel was « the perfect choice » for your Tea-Time and I am looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

    Best Regards,
    Stefan Bollhalder
    General Manager