The Peninsula: Expensive, Gaudy, and Over-Rated

PARIS--On August 1, 2014, The Peninsula--on Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement--opened after four years of major renovations to great fanfare. The local and international press glowed and crowed: it was the first time a hotel had rooms where the owners claimed to have spent...

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Breakfast at La Durée: An Oasis of Parisian Elegance

Today, after beating the Roland Garros rush for tickets and snagging center court tickets for June 6 and June 7 semi-finals and finals, my sales manager and myself treated ourselves to breakfast at the recently redecorated La Durée on the Champs-Elysées. The front room overlooking the...

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Fashion Week in Paris: Beyond the Usual Clichés

This week, Anne-Florence Schmitt contradicted four prevalent clichés in the weekly Madame Figaro: 1) "Designers are cut off from the world." Not so: they are constantly in touch with the street and the times. 2) "Fashion is shallow and superficial." Not so: it establishes social benchmarks, hierarchies, uniforms. 3)...

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Flavors of Brussels: 90 Minutes from Paris

I wanted to do something different for Valentine's Day this year, even if Paris remains the world's most romantic city. When I learned that the exquisite The Dominican Hotel in the heart of Brussels was have a Valentine's weekend promotion, I booked two tickets on...

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Valentine’s Day à la Française

Although everyone can't be so lucky as to actually be in Paris for Valentine's Day, there is no reason Valentine's Day in Paris can't come to you! Whether you're looking for some French inspirations for the perfectly themed evening, or just a surprise for an unsuspecting...

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