We’ve put together a special double issue for the end of the year. The changing Paris skyline leads us off, and then we return to our wildly popular “Best of” which rounds up the best and worst of 2012. The issue wraps up with the winter cultural calendar. A not-to-be-missed issue!
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Our September issue is online now and ready to tempt you with wonderful restaurants, hotels, and the much anticipated Fall Cultural Calendar for the provinces… Here’s where you find out what to do and when. You can hardly go to France without this in your suitcase! We also list our “Musts” of the season… another “must” read!
More from our June issue… online now!
This corner of the 11th arrondissement – young, fun and gritty – has more than its share of cool. How does it compare with Pigalle, the other Right Bank bastion of cool? Pigalle has more movie stars, prettier architecture, and more potential Michelin-starred chefs; Oberkampf has the edge on fashion models, photographers and hip wine bars. Speaking of the latter, check out La Pharmacie (22 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud; www.lapharmacie.net) which is just a few steps away from these neighboring hotels. If it’s too cute for you, walk around the corner. Brouilly beckons on every block around here.
Open since 2009, the Gabriel claims to be the first ‘detox’ hotel in Paris, although several other establishments cashed in on the “Bio-Zen” movement at the same time…
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Vichy takes center stage in our June 2012 issue, but we also visit 2 little Paris restaurants, 2 reasonably priced Parisian hotels, and share the 2012 Summer Festival Calendar.
Dreaming of a fabulous summer vacation drifting quietly along the canals of Burgundy on a delightful barge trip? So were we. Check out our latest issue of La Belle France to read more about this, and:
-Les Enfants Terribles
-Bread & Roses: the perfect shopping break
-Paris’s Ecole Ferrandi cooking school
-The Ritz & the Crillon: renovations coming soon (some have already started)
-The Provinces Museum Calendar Summer 2012 (don’t go to France this summer without our cultural calendar on-hand!)
The French had a hard time “getting into” Sofia Coppola’s rock’n’roll Marie Antoinette movie with Kirsten Dunst… but it’s true love with Les Adieux à la Reine, the new film based on French author Chantal Thomas’s (not to be confused with lingerie designer Chantal Thomass) award-winning novel that focuses on the Queen’s reader on the eve of the Revolution. (This time round, the ill fated Austrian is portrayed by German actress/model Diane Kruger.) French theaters are filled this spring.
While France abounds with prettier, more romantic castles, Versailles is the one that continually tugs at the heartstrings. For years, the prettiest hotel in Versailles has been the Trianon Palace, abutting the palace gardens, with its kitchen currently supervised by British bad boy Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, the Trianon Palace has been bought, re-sold and re-vamped so many times over the last 25 years that its original Belle Époque charm has been lost in the shuffle.
Our March issue is online now… and if you’re a print subscriber, it’s in the mail! It features a cover article on Oscar Wilde’s final digs, L’Hôtel, as well as reviews of other favorite Paris hotels: Le San Régis and Le Saint James. In this same article we take a look at the new Paris “W” as well. Cast your vote on this one on our Facebook page. And there’s no time like springtime to take a look at what’s new (and gone) in Michelin.
As for Paris restaurants… L’Hédoniste quickly garnered much press as well as two toques from Gault-Millau. Do we agree? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Rounding out our March issue, we have a complete listing of the Paris Cultural Calendar for Spring 2012. Don’t go to Paris without checking it!
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In our latest issue, we review the whimsical and so stylish Saint James hotel. We love the a la Jules Verne-esque outdoor dining and bar area, featuring fabulous and fanciful hot air balloons!
Saint James Paris. 43 avenue Bugeaud, 75116. Tel: 01.44.05.81.81. www.saint-james-paris.com Forty-six rooms and two private pavilions from 310€ to 1,500€. Breakfast: 28€ or 35€.
Right now, decorator Bambi Sloan is putting the finishing touches on her ‘crazy chic’ (with the emphasis on ‘chic’) makeover of the Napoleon III-style Saint James Paris Hotel in a private park in the 16th arrondissement. We’ll bring you all the details on the finished product (including its “Gemology” spa with treatments based on precious stones) in a future issue, but for now: www.saint-james-paris.com Corinne LaBalme
Valentine Bonus! Every day (in February) is Valentine’s Day at Paris’s romantic Hôtel San Régis because the hotel is extending it’s “Forfait St Valentin” packages all month long. (The “Relax Attitude” includes a massage for two in the Spa Payot!) Rates start at 920€ (for two) on two-night stays. For more details: www.hotel-sanregis.fr Corinne LaBalme
Get a side-trip to Bavaria via metro on March 15, 16, and 17 when German-born Werner Küchler, director of the Relais Plaza, hosts home-town chef Walter Leufen for a menu that includes Geräuchentes Forellenfilet von Tegernsee, mit Gurken in Meerrettichcreme (Tegernsee Lake smoked trout with cucumber/horse-radish cream), Schweinshaxe mit Bierjus und Speckwirsing (pork knuckle cooked in beer with cabbage and bacon) or apple streudl with vanilla sauce. The wait-staff will wear dirndls and lederhosen (but you don’t) and live bavarian folk music is promised as well. www.plaza-athenee-paris.com — Corinne LaBalme
Want to suffer? Want to fast?
Want to sweat your body back into shape?
Then by all means, AVOID signing up for a 5 day/4 night boot-camp session at La Réserve, the snazzy new five-star hotel in the Saint-Tropez ‘bedroom community’ of Ramatuelle.
Your tiring day will begin with a healthy breakfast, and an hour-long yoga session followed by a (brisk or leisurely) stroll on one of the Riviera’s prettiest beaches.
Then you have the rest of the day to “recover” from all that effort with body wraps, spa treatments, ‘relaxation sessions’, a dip or two in the swimming pool… and of course, lunch and dinner in the hotel’s stylish restaurant.
The next session is October 10 to 15 (4,950€ per person for full board).
La Réserve – Ramatuelle. Chemin de la Quessine, 83350. Tel: 04.94.44.94.44. www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com