{{Travel}} Speedy + Sumptuous: How to Do Paris In 72 Hrs on A Luxury Travel Budget

The architecture, food, music, people, and, well, EVERYTHING in Paris stirred up my creative juices in a way that I haven’t felt in a while. I made a personal goal to eat a pan au chocolat every day of my 3 day trip. I succeeded. Even though I couldn’t fit into my pants after this trip, it was totally worth it! luxury travel guide.

St. Germaine Paris Luxury Travel

Paris Blue Door Luxury Travel

The streets of St. Germain des Pres in the 6th arrondissement where I stayed reminded me of a conglomerate of the best parts of my favorite NYC neighborhoods.😍😍😍 The area, once stomping grounds for intellectuals like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, is now home to the lush Luxembourg garden, posh boutique shops, and beautiful art galleries.

Paris Croissants Luxury Travel

The first thing I did when I got out of my taxi was to look for an almond croissant. Seconds later I stumbled upon Paul, a popular chain of Parisian bakeries (…which happened to be named after the guy you stole all the answers from in Earth science class.)

Monica Dimperio Paris Blogger

That was just the beginning of my whirlwind three days in Paris. The rest is mostly a blur as I trudged through jetlag and worked the rest of my days creative directing a photo shoot but I had some moments to explore and find some of the best places to stay, eat, and have adventures.

STAY | Luxury Travel Accommodations

L’Hotel
L'Hotel Paris Luxury Travel
Hotel de Crillon

the city’s most elite hotel, which has served as a gilded home away from home for royalty, politicians, and celebrities since the private mansion opened its doors to the public’s upper crust in 1909, the feeling is intentional. “I like the idea of a slightly theatrical arrival,” says Chahan Minassian, one of the three interior designers working alongside artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet for the three-and-a-half-year renovation. In the various public spaces on the hotel’s ground floor, guests can “sit with privacy, yet see and be seen.” The social parade is something of a tradition for the Crillon, whose origins date back to the 18th century, when King Louis XV commissioned architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel to build a palatial facade to serve as an eye-catching backdrop for a statue of his likeness. Since then, the astounding neoclassical street-level arcade and first-floor Corinthian colonnade has played witness to some of the city’s most seminal events. Just in front on the now Place de la Concorde, Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette in 1770, the new queen took piano lessons behind its limestone walls (in the first-floor salon still bearing her name), and 23 years later they met their demise by guillotine. This place became the Place de la Révolution, saw the signing of the French-American treaty recognizing the Declaration of Independence, and witnessed the 1919 signing of the covenant of the League of Nations.

DO

The Louvre at Night
Dior Exhibit

The Eiffel

EAT

Avant Comptoir De La Mer

here you eat standing up, and everything happens at the bar – from ordering to getting stuck in to the quality wines and tapas-style dishes. It all happens in a relaxed, old-school atmosphere where it’s easy to make friends with the other diners.

Clown Bar


Eat at Clown Bar: that’s my advice for anyone traveling to Paris. It isn’t a secret, or an underrated romantic destination. It’s received nods from high-profile outlets like the New York Times and Financial Times. But I can’t stop thinking of the heady (there I go again) meals I’ve had at this idiosyncratic little landmark on Rue Amelot in the 11th arrondissement. The space abuts the Cirque d’Hiver, and as the name implies, the interior is decorated with Belle Epoque tiles depicting clowns—non-scary, non-Poltergeist, non–Stephen King—having a grand old time. If Clown Bar were in small-plates-obsessed Manhattan, Chicago, or San Francisco, it would easily rank as one of that city’s most vital new restaurants.

Hexagone


Two floors are decked out in a modern fashion, with a bar that pours creative cocktails and a 70-seat dining room divided in three parts and furnished with comfortable chairs and banquettes. Pacaud develops the menu and gives a nod to traditional cuisine with a touch of sophistication. But it’s Julien Lefebvre, former stalwart of Frédéric Anton at Le Pré Catelan, who executes the dishes. For an appetizer, egg is prepared like a blancmange, the white served whipped with oozing yolk, black truffle slivers and celery cream. Braised calf sweetbread is drenched in a sauce financière, with a beechwood-smoked purée. Dessert by pastry chef Jacques Moreau could include a chocolate cake topped by buckwheat soufflé and crispy hazelnuts, with honey ice cream.

Photos: Monica Dimperio/The MidWasteland


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