Vacation For Summer 2014
Where to Stay?
Two great hotels to stay at would be the Artus Hotel, with 27 loft-like rooms and suites. The look is contemporary with whitewashed wood-beamed ceilings, brightly colored walls and dark wood furnishings. Its location on a bustling Left Bank market street behind the church of Saint-Germain-des-Près is ideal for cafés, galleries and boutiques.
Another great place to stay would be at the Auberge Flora, 21 bedrooms are filled with fun details such as old-fashioned phones, a disco ball and the occasional in-room bath. It's a friendly and human-scale place to come back to after a long day trotting around a big, hectic city. The genuinely friendly welcome, down-to-earth atmosphere, and day-long bustle in the bar make this an excellent choice for both families and solo travelers.
Where to Dine? Where to Eat?
In Paris, there are many cafés and some of them are great places to eat at. The Cafe Beaubourg is sophisticated and the Costes brothers reinvented the café to become much more modern.
For restaurants in Paris, the Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee is a wonderful place to dine at. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée has long been a favourite with the seriously rich fashion set, but it now attracts serious foodies too.
What to See? Things to Do?
For Museums and galleries, the Musée National Gustave Moreau. Biblical and mythical works fill every inch of the double-height studio. There is also opera in Paris, Opera Nationale Paris Palais Garnier a giant new opera house built in the 1980s. The interior drips, with gilt, marble and red satin, providing a spectacular setting for opera and ballet shows. Of course, the Eiffel Tower is a must see. The monument has represented Paris since 1889 offers views from many different levels.
There are many exciting things to do in Paris. One of the favorites to do are Paris Roller. Rollerblading is becoming one the top favorites of transport in Paris. Every Friday at 10pm is a must for any near-competent blader. It follows a 30km, about 19 miles, circuit that changes weekly and draws thousands of people. The police escort stops the traffic. For walks, the Marais is full of aristocratic stone mansions that can only truly be appreciated on foot. You walk through the two courtyards of the Hôtel de Sully. You could also join an organised group with Paris Walking Tours.
Where to Shop?
For some great fashion, the Colette started the lifestyle trend and has yet to be bettered with its spot-on choice of new and innovative international design and fashion. Alongside with home ware and the latest electronic gadgets. The Eres is a good shop to go get your swimming suit for the beach. The swimming costumes are well cut, simple and stylish, and there is a huge choice. Bikini tops and bottoms are sold separately, so you mix and match differently shaped pieces according to what best suits your body. If you are a person to want to get what you paid for, the Kabuki is a serious dose of designer clothes and accessories for both men and women. Creations by Prada, Costume National, Martine Sitbon and Barbara Bui hang side by side on the first floor.