10.18.2016

PARIS. New Things I Tried That You Might Like.


I'm home!  This will be the last travel post for a while.  We were gone for two weeks and it's good to be home.   Even with all the laundry and jet lag.
I took this photo from an Uber going to dinner (your telephone app works in Paris, too).

Even though we like to go to Paris every year (since we lived there fifteen years ago), I always want to explore new places there.  Here are some good ones that you might want to bookmark or pin for your next trip.  We had three perfect days there.

Hotel
Howard found this charming, little hotel in the 16th arrondissement called Le Dokhan.  That Frenchman wouldn't move for my photo.  Watch how the black and white stripe theme is carried inside.

We thought we were going to get upgraded to a bigger room with our Tablet Hotels subscription (we usually do)...but judging by the size...we didn't.  Still, I loved the fabrics and upholstered walls.
 Look how my extravagant birthday present from my mom complements the décor (I love you, Mom).
She probably can't believe she has a 60 year old daughter...me either.

A Continental breakfast was served each morning in this pretty room...

Shopping

This is the Astier de Villatte store on rue St. Honoré.  It's a tiny shop...but I spent quite a bit of time in there.

 Another fun kitchen and housewares store that I went to is called La Trésorerie at 11, rue du chateau d'eau.


Our last evening in the hotel, we ordered Champagne and they brought out glasses for us to select... which is something I am definitely going to copy when serving bubbly at home.  I already have an assortment and may add to it with flea market finds (like the pretty etched one on the right).  That will solve glasses getting mixed up!
 The lobby was lit with long taper candles in the evening.

And now I'm back to work...needing extra coffee in the morning, but admiring my little "souvenir" (means memory in French :).
PS.  Lost my telephone on the train from Paris to London.  What a drag not to have a telephone!  But, yesterday, I bought the I phone 7+.  Love it so far.  And thankfully the Paris photos were in "The Cloud".

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29 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time. The hotel is beautiful. All your pictures are beautiful!
    The short champagne glass is called a coupe. It's the traditional shape. The tall one would probably be called a flute--they became popular because you get to see the long lines of bubbles going up. Not sure what the one on the left is.

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    1. Ha! Probably a Chardonnay glass... but it seems like you might get a bigger pour with that one!

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  2. Mary Ann,
    Welcome home! There's no place like home, but Paris (and London, for me) are a pretty close second! Thanks for sharing the travel stops.
    xo,
    Karen

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  3. Mary Ann, I think this is my favorite post ever! It makes me want to go right back to Paris immediately. I too use Tablet for my hotel reservations, what a great website. And the one you stayed at looks simply spectacular. How nice to have a husband that picks great hotels! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    XO, Celia from After Ornage County

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    1. Do you have Tablet Plus, Celia? It's usually worth it.

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  4. That little hotel looks charming. Great job Howard!! I am dying to get to Paris and France in general but the elder care prevents travelling very far as you know. Can't wait to catch up and hear all about it!!

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  5. Always love Paris! We couldn't believe our good fortune in stumbling across Astier de Villatte also. I love the vases we managed to cram in our carry ones. So fun!

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  6. Looks like the perfect place to have breakfast, I am not a breakfast in bed type person and I could have spent hours and probably a small fortune in La Trésorerie! Personally I prefer drinking champagne out of coupes, they are considered by many to be an old fashioned choice, certainly my parents generation all prefer them and use them, they consider flutes a modern day alternative!

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    1. My daughter loves coupes...I think they are coming back in! You just have to be a bit more careful about not letting your glass splash around.

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  7. enjoying your paris memories and remembering how much i loved teeny astier de villate where i found collages i treasure by emma cassi. the hotel is beyond chic, and i can't imagine having breakfast each morning in that spot. thanks for sharing such lovely!

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    1. You found that sweet store way before I did!

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  8. Love your pictures! We were in Paris the same time. It was my first time and I'm ready to move there! It's lovely!

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    1. I know, Cara... I already want to go back.

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  9. We just returned from three weeks in France, with five days in Paris at the end. There is just something SO special about being there. But , we stayed in an apartment while in Paris that was less than stellar! You just never know. Had used that service in the past and they were fine. Husband says we do hotel next time!!

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    1. We had a bad apartment experience once and we lost money to move to a hotel near where we used to live. We have had good luck with Haven in Paris though, Libby. But this time we were there for just three days...and I think they want a week.

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  10. What an amazing trip...so love it there. And your mom was so thoughtful (and has great taste)! It looks like it was wonderful...you and I could be great shopping partners:) Welcome home!

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    1. Well, I would LOVE that, Tina...I might do more "window shopping" than you--but it would still be fun!!!

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  11. How fabulous!
    Do we get to see what your wonderful mom got you for your bday?

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  12. Nothing beats Paris! I didn't spend any time there, unfortunately, when I visited last month. I stayed at a wonderful little hotel on rue St. Honore, where your kitchen wares shop was, last time I visited. I missed your shop, but it looks wonderful! I just turned 62 yesterday, so I'm happy to know I'm not the only one getting older!
    Cheers!, Barbara

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  13. I enjoyed this little soupcon of your Paris trip! Just enough to celebrate a special birthday! We are all for experiences as the best gift!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your trip, it was obviously wonderful and a very special birthday! That hotel...fabulous! I'd sure love to stay there. And all the great shops you discovered, next time can I come along and carry your bags?
    Welcome home!
    Hugs,
    Gail

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  15. Sounds like a fabulous trip. I have to check out your hotel when I am there next.

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  16. What a fabulous trip and some great travel tips too! Love the champagne glass idea. I could so do that already with just about every drink from coffee, tea, appertif, wine, etc. Happy Birthday....girl! :-)

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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