Having family staying at the Ritz is the next best thing to actually staying there.
My grown niece and her family stayed at the hotel last month for four days and I got to live the Ritz life vicariously through them. She had a suite for her and her husband plus an adjoining room for their children. I met them late morning after they arrived from New York. They were feeling sluggish due to jet lag so we hung out in the room for a few hours. We indulged in the sweets and fruit that came with the room. I snuggled up in the bed for a few minutes for fun to see what the sheets and bed felt like. We loved the room so much, we didn’t want to leave.
I went with my nephew to check out the spa, which I didn’t see on my last visit in June. (click here to read about my first visit) It’s the first Chanel spa in the world and exclusively features Chanel beauty and skin care products. The two story spa has seven treatment rooms. Looking down at the inviting mosaic lined pool, I wanted to dive right in. Afterwards I would have covered up in a white terry cloth robe embroidered with the Ritz emblem and ensconced my self on a chaise lounge with a copy of French Vogue.
The next few days were a whirlwind, as I planned to take them to special places they hadn’t been before. We went to the Musee des Decoratifs, Le Orangerie to see the Monet water lilies, the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel for a late lunch, afternoon tea at Laduree, the Baccarat showroom and museum, the Palais Galliera fashion museum and dinner in the enchanting outdoor courtyard of Ralph’s restaurant at Ralph Lauren on Boulevard Saint Germain. Our final evening was special, we went to the Fondation Louis Vuitton to see the Daniel Buren installation and dinner out doors in the Parc d’Acclimation.
My new living room
My great niece Avery at Le Orangerie
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
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New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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