Fragrance & Feast in Paris

Owned by the only woman in France to hold three Michelin stars, La Dame de Pic offers a unique new concept.  Chef Anne-Sophie Pic has teamed with Takasago perfumer, Philippe Bousseton, to create three fragrances that reflect the flavor pairings in her menus.  Before being presented with menus, guests first experience the notes of a signature perfume and then carry those notes into their food choices.  This is Parisian haute cuisine at its finest.

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The Art of Strolling

If you love Paris as I do, then The Flâneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris should be at the top of your reading list. “A flâneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through a city without apparent purpose, but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure, aesthetic, or erotic.” I suspect that you will come to love this little book as I have and that you will read it over and over again.

Funky Chic Medina in Marseilles

Au Vieux Panier

Six artists.  Six rooms.  One house.  In the heart of the historical Le Panier district of Marseille lies Au Vieux Panier, a Maison d’Hôtes of six unique rooms.  What differentiates this boutique hotel from others is that each room is designed by artists, graphic designers, and painters representing various styles, locales, & genres. Housed in a 17th century building that once served as a Corsican bakery, this hotel marries historic and modern.  From the rooftop terrace, guests can enjoy an afternoon cocktail while taking in panoramic views of the old city center across to the harbor.  Stylishly decorated with art installations throughout, staying in this hotel is a unique experience indeed.

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LL Cool J…”Mama Said Stay at the Mama Shelter”

Mama Shelter

Designed by Philippe Starck of Royalton (New York) and Delano (Miami) fame, the Mama Shelter rocks funky.  The ceilings are grafittied blackboards, the walls are exposed or waxed concrete, and the light fixtures are made from birdcages.  On the first floor is a hip restaurant overseen by Chef Alain Senderens, who has created a menu that highlights the best of French regional cuisine.  Before dinner, check out the rooftop bar and enjoy a mean cocktail…or three.

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Stylish & trendy, this hotel is located in the offbeat Charonne, a colorful neighborhood of art galleries, bookshops, tattoo parlors, and vintage boutiques on the edge of Paris. It is indeed hip Paris at its best.

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Artisanal Ice Cream in the Heart of Paris

Bertillon

For ice cream lovers, Berthillon is a must.  Opened in 1954, this family-owned shop is world famous for its artisanal ice cream.  Each day, the chefs create fifteen flavors that reflect not only the season, but also Parisian haute cuisine.  Favorites include candied chestnut, pink grapefruit, and honey nougat.  Located on the Ile Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris, you will easily find the shop by the long line out front.  It is worth the wait.

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