Hotels We Love - Hôtel des Sers in Paris

Karen Walker | September 23rd, 2010

Image Courtesy of The Hôtel des Sers
Paris is famous for it’s great hotels, small and large. A recent addition to the landscape, The Hôtel des Sers is in a restored mansion in a quiet street perfectly situated near the Avenue Montaigne. It’s that rare beast – a boutique hotel with perfect interior, wonderful service and [...]

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Hotels We Love - La Column d’Or

Katie Lockhart | September 17th, 2010

La Column d’Or has long been the restaurant, (not to mention boutique accommodation) that friends had been to and I had dreamt about - thankfully a recent trip to Cannes corrected this. Just a short drive from Cannes, La Column d’Or is perched up on the hillside of Saint-Paul de Vence. Eating [...]

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Merci Department Store

Karen Walker | August 28th, 2010

Photos by Peter Hunt
Paris’s latest retail love affair is with the absolutely gorgeous Merci. A delightful mini department store that manages to be chic and relaxed al at once. The fashion edit is sensational but its other departments covering furniture, interior design, books and more make it a fully rounded 1500 meter gem. For [...]

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Paris Museum of Natural History

Karen Walker | July 16th, 2010

Photos by Peter Hunt
One of my absolute favourite things to do in Paris is to visit The Museum of Natural History. The museum itself takes little time to view and is worth the visit simply for the main gallery of marching animals. Sensational.
Paris Museum of Natural History, 36 Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 [...]

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Bed and Breakfasts We Love - 42 rue Victor Hugo

Marion Hume | July 11th, 2010

Photos by Peter Woodcock
When I see the letters, ‘B&B’, I think cosy chintz, a selection of jams in little pots, maybe a snarly cat curled up in the corner. I do not think modern design done subtly and well, ceilings so high and white that a whole wall beneath can be painted jet black and [...]

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Rumbled on the Cannes Red Carpet

Marion Hume | June 17th, 2010

Did your Mum always tell you to wear nice underwear in case you were hit by a bus? Might I suggest you also maintain a flawless pedicure? Because you never can tell when you might have to exit a limo. It’s your twinkle toes the paparazzi spot first.

From now on, I’m going to follow my [...]

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Rabbit On The Roof

Jamie McLellan | February 12th, 2010

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce Kleyer, a New Zealander who lives in the once industrial but now hip suburb of Montreuil, a short Metro ride just outside of Paris. Bruce runs a woodworking and steam bending workshop together with Peter Steitzner.

Having acquired machinery originally used for building the arms of horse [...]

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La Colombe d’Or – Truly Bohème by Maya Villiger

Guest Contributor | October 13th, 2008

When your little hotel becomes a favorite of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Calder and Braque who all spent time here over their long summers in the South of France, it’s the makings of something pretty special. Short on funds, these masters and others, painted for their supper, donating original works by the bundle. Thus the atmosphere [...]

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Paris’ Natural History Museum, Je T’Aime

Katie Lockhart | February 11th, 2008

I had carried an article about the Parisian Natural History Museum in my notebook for years and finally managed to get there on my latest trip.. Always a lover of all things stuffed this museum displayed its specimens in such a way that they seemed to interact with the architecture. A playful mix [...]

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Naff Sounding Touristy Stuff That’s Actually Quite Fabulous - Le Tour Eiffel

Karen Walker | May 8th, 2007

Sure, it’s on every souvenir they sell in Paris but it is fabulous and there’s no getting away from it. First trip to Paris you must visit the Eiffel Tower. Avoid the middle of the day rather go first thing or late, but do it. Just so you can say you have.

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