Paris, My Big Travel, My BIg Geneva

A few nights at the Pavillon de la Reine, lunch break at the Brasserie Hector, olive fig tapenade from the Comptoir De Papa, and its Greek-Persian delicacies. A little bit of shopping at the boutique SAAJ and Art everywhere.

 

The Pavillon de la Reine is a boutique hotel in the heart of the 16th arrondissement with a jacuzzi, sports room and hammam. Very convenient.

The walls of the Pavillon de la Reine are decorated with Art and there is a BIG library.

 

If you prefer to have breakfast elsewhere, head to the artisanal bakery where Christophe Louie did his apprenticeship in the 14th arrondissement. The pain au raisin or the croissant are to die for. One can read on the t-shirt of the baker…

… all men are born equal but the best become bakers.

To play the tourist, you may visit Swan Island, the House of Balzac, the Museum of Mankind, and the Statue of Liberty.

Enjoy a lunch break with Picasso’s sketches at the Brasserie Hector. All dishes are homemade and prepared with fresh products. Count between 10 and 14 euros for a starter; 18 to 25 euros for the main dish.
Big crush for the orange blossom watermelon granita, under the parasol of a quiet terrace.

If you are SAAJ, the workshop of the designer Maëlys in rue Thorel (2nd arrondissement), whose acronym represents the first letters of the people who are dearest to her heart, is worth the detour. 80% of SAAJ creations are made in France, in 2 workshops in the Paris region and a factory in Aube. Knitwear, jeans, and shoes are Portuguese.
The SAAJ e-shop delivers everywhere in Europe and in Switzerland.

Happy hour can be spent at the Cheval Blanc; if you don’t have a room, the bar is waiting for you. The virtual elevator is really cool and it will take you to the panoramic restaurant. The view is quite stunning.

 

Parisian evenings are by invitation only with the caterer Comptoir de Papa and its Greek-Persian cuisine. The olive fig tapenade is a killer.

It’s 5 am, and Paris awakens. Under the Passy viaduct, on the France Renaissance pontoon, couples take turns to immortalize their Love with their smartphone, and a view of the Eiffel Tower.