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A lux weekend in Paris, France


As Audrey Hepburn famously said once, “Paris is always a good idea”, and Mrs. O couldn’t agree more.

An Avenue Story apartment with a view, a real one!!

An apartment with a view, a real one!!

After being picked up at Charles de Gaulle airport by our pre-booked driver, we were driven to our apartment and faced with this view. I know it looks like a postcard, but it really wasn’t! I was also equally impressed with my welcome hamper which included champagne, cheese, saucisson, a fresh baguette, tea, toiletries and.. salted caramel macaroons. This was going to be a good evening!

Avenue Story welcome hamper

Welcome hamper

It was time to hit the town! We said goodbye to the concierge team, who kindly handed us a French mobile phone, so we could use it for local calls etc. I think it was a really nice touch. Mrs. O was very impressed by the details.

Mrs O loved the Café Marly. Photo by maisonthierrycostes.com

Mrs O loved the Café Marly. Photo by maisonthierrycostes.com

Time for a glass of champagne and dinner. Following a friend’s recommendation, we booked a table at the Louvre, no less. Café Marly was not a disappointment and I loved the intimate ambience, the food and couldn’t help notice the waitresses, clad in Lancel handbags and Christian Louboutin heels. So French and so chic! (and not very touristy!)

Mrs O happy in Paris

Mrs O happy in Paris

And then we had an idea – we did not know we had a 2 bedroom apartment.. and there is one person who we love and has also been bitten by the O’Reilly travel bug – Miss O. So we called her and told her: “get on the Eurostar first train tomorrow to Paris”! And when we woke up the next morning, guess who was there? I love a bit of last minute excitement and was delighted to have her with us!

 

Saturday

We had a market and foodie tour booked with My Genie in Paris, kindly organised by Avenue Story. But I need my breakfast shortly after waking up, and this is Paris, after all.

A deliciously expensive breakfast in Paris

A deliciously expensive breakfast in Paris

Following our apartment “booklet”, we ventured up towards Trocadero, a short walk from our “home away from home” and found Carette, a beautiful patisserie. Excited by the display, the choice was obvious: a chausson aux pommes pour moi, and a palmier for Mr. O. And a café crème each. What shocked us ever so slightly? The €24 bill – the pastries were beautiful, but I personally thought that €7.50 for a coffee was a bit extreme. (A tip: if you take away the pastries, they are only €3!!).

We then met David, our guide for the morning, who promised us an incredible itinerary. We met him not far from La Bastille, and we were to spend our morning walking, eating and drinking around the Marché de Aligre.

It was time to eat again, and David took us to a beautiful patisserie where we obviously had to eat a little bit more. We were spoiled for choice and I loved the variety!

Second breakfast of the day at Blé Sucré in Paris with A Genie in Paris

Second breakfast of the day at Blé Sucré in Paris with A Genie in Paris

From there, it was time to have a look at the market – I love markets and do tell a lot about a city. The smells, the different foods and flavours, and of course, the people. I love it that it is still possible to buy one’s food in markets in Paris – I cannot do it where I live and I would love to. From there, it was time to buy some wine.. so we could taste some cheese. Of course I wasn’t going to say no to that!

A Genie in Paris foodie tour

A Genie in Paris foodie tour

So after some wine, charcuterie and an incredible cheese selection, it was time for more food – and I am sure you can guess: it had to be oysters. This is where, after almost 4 hours, we said hello to our A Genie in Paris host, and spent the next hour or so savouring these not-so-pretty delicacies, paired with a lovely Sancerre at Baron Rouge, a simple and very local eatery which certainly deserves a mention here.

We spent our afternoon getting lost in Paris – my favourite past time in this part of the world. We started with a bit of shopping at Le Bon Marché, my French department store of choice, and continued down Rue des Sèvres, towards St. Germain de Près.

I had promised myself I wasn’t going to buy anything (not *anything* anything, if you see what I mean), but the January sales had started the day before. I just couldn’t say no… so I decided to do some “replacement shopping” as I am currently operating a very strict “one-in, one-out” policy when it comes to shoes. Do you know when you simply adore a pair of shoes and wear them to exhaustion? I have that problem – so I just had to replace them… and wasn’t I lucky I found the exact same pairs, at the same shops as I did on my last visit to Paris? But the plus side… they were half price, ha!

Being strict with my "one-in one-out" shoe policy

Being strict with my “one-in one-out” shoe policy

After a good 3 hours, it was time to go back to the apartment, and change for a great evening ahead! We started with cocktails at Mandarin Oriental hotel – a stunning property. I must also say, the most expensive cocktails I remember having. At €26 a drink, this is when you notice that Paris is way more expensive than London.

Cocktails at Mandarin Oriental Paris

Cocktails at Mandarin Oriental Paris

But I have to be honest – it was worth the money. The bar was beautiful, the staff were incredible (something that surprised us pretty much everywhere in Paris on this trip. People were nice to us, if we tried to address them in our pidgeon French, we saw people’s teeth.. and got a response in English. Something strange happening, in my opinion!)

But back to my cocktails – the list was great and creative, the nuts/olive selection was the best I ever had – think truffled nuts,  and everything was perfect. Absolutely worth a visit!

Dinner took place at Le Fumoir, also a recommendation from a friend (I totally trust her). Chic, trendy and delicious – and surprisingly good value with a set dinner menu at €35. We loved it so much we ended up staying for drinks there all night, as it turned into a bar.

 

Sunday

I did not wake up early – I am not going to lie. And being super hungry, it was time to discover a new breakfast haunt. We tried and loved Café Malakoff on Place du Trocadero, which I have no problem in recommending. At €7.50 per person, it was perfect. From there, Miss O wanted to head to the Louvre for a Raphael exhibition. I wanted to check out Lancel’s new season handbag collection, so the Carroussel du Louvre was a good starting point. Useful to know that this little mall is open on Sundays if you are in need of a retail fix – it is not very big and has a good selection of shops. Plus it is pretty!

Carroussel du Louvre

Carroussel du Louvre

From here, we headed towards L’Opera, walked up one of my favourite streets, Rue du Faubourg de Saint Honoré (one of my spiritual places in Paris), Place Vêndome and walked back to the Louvre.

When I spotted a Pierre Hermé macaroon shop, I obviously couldn’t resist. After reading The Lazy Travelers’ scientific comparisson between Ladurée and Pierre Hermé, I have to agree with them. Pierre Herme´s selection is eclectic and the flavours far more interesting. Do you know what I had? Foie gràs and dark chocolate macaroons. Sounds revolting, I know – but they were incredible!

Foie Gras and Dark Chocolate Macaroons from Pierre Hermé - don't knock them until you try them!

Foie Gras and Dark Chocolate Macaroons from Pierre Hermé – don’t knock them until you try them!

And with this, it was time for a lazy lunch. A very lazy lunch. And I knew what I wanted: escargots and onion soup! I love these French classics, with a side of fresh baguette and a glass of St Emilion. We went to Au Pied de Cochon, not far from the Rue du Louvre and can report very very good things indeed.

Onion Soup - yummy!

Onion Soup – yummy!

Purely in the name of research, and for the love of my blog, I ate it all. It was, without a doubt, one of the best onion soups I have ever had. And it wasn’t small!

With that, it was time to head back to the apartment, before my driver picked me up to take me to the airport, which surely meant I didn’t have to stress with traffic or anything!

My ubercool Art Deco Paris apartment

My ubercool Art Deco Paris apartment

 

After the perfect weekend in Paris, it was time to say Au Revoir. But I shall be back, mais oui!

xo

Mrs. O

 

 


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  1. Gary

    August 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I can almost smell the food from the photos! Don’t go shopping there when you are hungry, actually perhaps you should.
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  2. Vanessa

    May 14, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I love, love, love Paris and I think it really has something for everyone. Even those on a tiny budget can enjoy drops of luxury all around the city. The inexpensive house wine, the corner bakery baguette and macaroon, the simple walk through the park are all tiny costs but absolute delights!

    PS – I was at a charitable event lately that featured dessert sampling and the person I was with DIDN”T KNOW WHAT MACAROONS WERE! Disgraceful!! 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

      You are absolutely right, Vanessa 🙂 And OMG, really?

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  4. Vanessa

    March 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    That looks very interesting, especially the price when you compare the view, the location with many hotels around, plus the luxury of a private apartment in “PARIS” 🙂 … (o.k. London will also be fine)… Fantastic idea and food + shopping… you do not need my opinion… great that you enjoyed the time in Paris
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      It was a really nice option, and really enjoyed it!

  5. Charu

    February 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Sounds like my kind of day!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      February 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I know 😉

  6. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    February 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love it. ALL of it! It looks like Avenue Story took such great care of you. You’ve gotten me even more excited for our trip next month!
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  7. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    February 1, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Wow! You certainly know how to play in Paris! I’ve already bookmarked this post for a second (or fifth..) reading as my trip to Paris approaches. Thank you for the fabulous documentation job you’ve put up here. I have some great ideas now 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      February 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      So pleased to be able to help, Nat! Paris is a fab fab fab place! Have fun when you go!

  8. Kay Doughety

    January 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    It was great to learn about Avenue Story – I’m mulling a trip to Paris then Marseille for my (mumbled word here) birthday in May and getting spoiled would be a definite requirement!

    Tragically I just gained 5 pounds visiting my sister on Marco Island in Florida so I had to content myself with licking your food pictures on my screen! I can’t keep eating so many goodies!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      You will lose them in no time! Avenue Story was great and I am sure you would love it!

  9. Pola (@jettingaround)

    January 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

    This post is not helping me… I miss Paris as is. 😉 It looks like you had a great time! I typically stay at small hotels in Paris, because I spend most of my time on the town, but having an apartment WITH THAT VIEW is tempting, to say the least. 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Hi Pola! The apartment was a great alternative, it really made you feel at home!

  10. whatkatemadenext

    January 27, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Ms Hepburn is always right! X
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Always, always, always!

  11. Craig Zabransky

    January 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    that is quite a deal…. and I am assuming that is all-in, inclusive of the VATs and the like… if so, I agree it’s a deal or really a steal.

    stay luxurious, Craig
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Indeed!

  12. Rodrigues Pereira

    January 24, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Dear Mrs. O,
    Lovely weekend, no doubt, and a magnificent video (BBC watch out) !
    Next time try the “soupe à l’oignon” chez La Poule au Pot 🙂
    Plese keep us posted.
    All the best for 2013,
    Miguel Rodrigues Pereira

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I will Miguel. Happy to research as many onion soups as necessary!

  13. Lindsey Chandler

    January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    This looks like an absolutely amazing weekend! I have looked at the Avenue Story apartments quite a few times and this post definitely makes me want to book one.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

      So pleased, Lindsey! They are fab indeed and the pics don’t lie, promise!

  14. thelazytravelers

    January 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    mrs o, you were spoiled rotten in paris! wined & dined like the best of them. tres jealous. take us along next time, ok?
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      it does sound like a good idea indeed! i loved it!!

  15. Francesca

    January 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Pure lux, Mrs. O! One of the reasons I love reading your blog is that our travel styles differ drastically (I being the budget traveler). It’s always a little luxury escape for me. This post is no different! A couple of things: I want those salted caramel macarons; so nice of you to invite Miss O; the view from that apartment is magnificent!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      That’s so sweet Francesca 🙂 and expect great things from Miss O – she shall be guest posting shortly!

  16. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    January 23, 2013 at 1:29 am

    This sounds like a storybook weekend, Mrs. O! You hit all the right places in my book! I love visiting the various chocolate houses (the two you mention and a few others) every time I go to Paris. It’s my routine . Your apt was in a phenomenal location, not only by the Seine and with a view of the Eiffel Tower but very close to the chic 16th arrodinsement – my favorite!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      You would love it!! It was on the 16th indeed!

  17. D.J. - The World of Deej

    January 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    What an incredible weekend. The apartment looks amazing, can’t beat that view, and I will definitely have to keep Cafe Marly in mind next time in Paris…

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      You would love it! Maybe an idea for when you leave sunny Florida and come and see us in Europe?

  18. Traveling Ted (@travelingted)

    January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Great touch with the airport ride, champagne, and a phone. After some frustrations in Guyana, I have vowed to get a phone the first thing I do when I travel next.

    Paris is always a good idea and these photos and adventures prove it.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you, Ted! The phone was such a good touch. Needless to say, there was wireless – but that would like not having running water!

  19. Priscilla

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Ah Paris! I leave tomorrow for the City of Light. This made me wish I was already on the plane!
    Cheers,
    Priscilla
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Oh thank you, Priscilla! Have a wonderful time and enjoy!!

  20. lola

    January 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    lovely lovely lovely! my favorite place that i must live some day!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Is Paris ready to have Lola full time? Oh la la!

  21. Kathryn

    January 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds superb and I love the video. Looking forward to following the rest of your tour of Europe!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you, Kat! It was fun!

  22. Hogga

    January 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m so jealous!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Ohhh, that was not the point!

  23. Tiana Kai

    January 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Great one-in-one-out policy! I should make this a strict habit, if not, you wake up with 100 pairs for only two feet! 🙂 Since I moved twice last year I luckily sold a few pairs to help dwindle down my load and have noticed I don’t buy as many as before. A great thing about living in Europe is that the shoes HAVE to be comfortable, which limits you to buying a few pairs to begin with. I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I enjoyed seeing your trip via instagram! 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Tiana, this was my “rationale” for this weekend. I am not always sooooooooo strong willed. Thank you so much for following the trip. really appreciate it!

  24. Suzanne (Travelbunny)

    January 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time – Avenue Story seem to think of everything!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      That’s what I loved about them!

  25. Emily in Chile

    January 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So fun to see you in a video and hear your voice!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Oh thank you, Emily!!

  26. Leah Travels

    January 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I love the video and of course the apartment. What a fabulous weekend you had. It certainly sounds like my kind of trip.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I know you’d totally love this. Totally! Even without Lionel Richie

  27. Anita Mac

    January 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Sounds like pure Parisian bliss to me! Impressed to see you stick to a shoe – in, shoe out regulation….they are my greatest weakness!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Anita, I had to choice – I need to find a way around the rule.. oh well 😉

  28. Aaron

    January 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Great post and video! The views of the tower from your apartment wow. Makes me want to get to Paris even more now. Always love seeing your food and macaroon shots!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Oh thank you, Aaron! I did stop my diet those days – the things one does for the blog!! And macaroons always photograph well!

  29. Fiona

    January 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    And that is how you do Paris! Gorgeous photos – that view of the Eiffel Tower is superb 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Mais oui, if one leaves home it has to be better 😉 It was a fab trip!! Thank you!

  30. Mira

    January 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    A great little tour of Paris, but seeing you in the video was fun and a fantastic idea. It does add to the story a lot. Do it again.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Oh, that is so sweet, Mira! I had a lot of fun doing it too 🙂 shall take it into consideration!

  31. Maria

    January 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Mrs. O what a trip. I followed your pictures when you were actually there and couldn’t wait to actually read your post. I love your blog – and now I want to go to Paris. I need to have some words with my boyfriend.

    And I loved the video, you are very photogenic. You could be a TV star!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Ha ha you are too kind! I am getting used to video now – and things have dramatically improved. So pleased that the blog inspired you to go to Paris. This is what it is all about! Let me know if I can help!

  32. Lúcia

    January 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Amazing!! Nice video! And the food… oh the food!!!
    I went to Avenue Story site, and the apartments seem really good!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      The food is mad, but sooooooooo good, Lucia! I can definitely recommend Avenue Story, you will love it!

  33. Simon O'Reilly

    January 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    A great weekend in a fab City and an excellent apartment! Loved the video!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      It was a fab weekend indeed, Mr O!

  34. Jo

    January 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    OMG OMG OMG, what an amazing weekend in Paris. I am very tempted about the apartments and as you said, the price is very good. Loved the video. And the shoes!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Hi Jo, thanks for stopping by! The video was fun indeed 🙂

  35. Paula Cristina

    January 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Looking Great Mrs. O! Quite a food indulgence in Paris, did you put your diet on a hold for the weekend?
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

      But of course, it would be très rude not to!

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