From Paris with Love part Deux
Travel | May 22nd 2018
If I could live in any city in the world, I know without a shadow of a doubt that my darling Paris would be on top of the list. It may sound cheesy or unimaginative to some of you so perhaps I should give you my reasons why:
It is exquisite how seamlessly history combines with the cutting edge in this city. One moment you can be strolling down the sun soaked, cobble stoned streets of Montmartre and the next, you can be knee-deep in shopping bags courtesy some of the city’s world class department stores.
We really experienced this merging of the old and new during the third day of our sojourn when we visited the , The MuséeGrévin a wax museum in the 9th arrondissement on the right bank of the river Seine. It is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe; founded in 1882 by a journalist named Arthur Meyer and then named after a Caricaturist named Alfred Grévin.
We first entered a room, which housed an elaborate light and prop installation that kept changing around us like magic. We then moved into an old theater, which till date, hosts small performances. I was thrilled to see some of my favorite celebrities, so real you could almost hear them breathe.
Each room was set up in a surprising, unique or mesmerizing way with interactive moments for guests to enjoy.
Whether you have lofty dreams of being on The Voice, shaking hands with world leaders, rubbing shoulders with Ranveer Singh and Shahrukh Khan or finding yourself transported back in time to the age of the sun king of France… you will find your desires well met at The MuséeGrévin.
Also you must watch out for the guides who pose as wax statues because they startle you – they happen to be real people!
After a hearty lunch of perfectly pink grilled salmon, salad and frites at Café Grévin, we made our way to Galeries Lafayette – the grandest department store we have ever visited.It has been an icon since its creation in 1894, the store boasts over 3500 fashion brands from across the world and 25 restaurants spread across its 3 buildings. This store is as much for shopping as it is for art and theater, with its breathtaking, central, stain glass dome which houses a different installation every month to its brilliantly curated window displays.
We happened to visit at a time when Galeries Lafayette was celebrating Dior’s 70th anniversary in the most magnificent manner.
Apart from devoting no less than 11 window displays to the brand, they installed a gigantic hot air balloon beneath the dome and housed a limited edition collection created by Maria GraziaChiuri available exclusively at the department store.
Apart from its spectacular roof top view, the other thing I love about this store is that you can finish your Tax return right then and there.
Down the road from Galeries Lafayette, we have one of the oldest department stores in Paris (founded in 1865 and listed as a historic monument); Printemps is by no means ‘Old’ or ‘Old fashioned’. Brands available range from extremely affordable to high-end; Walking into this department store is like walking into wonderland minus all the pesky wildlife.
They do many exclusive collections at Printemps and we happened to arrive at a time when GUCCI was presenting its delectable Printemps x GUCCI collection at the store. So ofcourse we had to stop and play.
Apart from shopping, the store has an adorable manipedi bar, a romantic hair salon with gaping windows overlooking Paris, an entire floor devoted to foot wear (I nearly fainted with joy), home décor and personal shopper services among other things. They too have a view to die for up on the rooftop so don’t forget to swing by.
Now it was time for Tea . Parisian style .You haven’t truly experienced High Tea until you have had it at Le Lobby in The Peninsula Hotel.
Upon entering Le Lobby, I felt as though I had just gone back into the Golden Age as I stepped into a sumptuous, gilded chamber complete with plush, striped chairs and a live jazz band. A charming maître d’ led me to my table where I learned about their wonderful new Pink Menu in support of breast cancer awareness.
Ofcourse I had to order it and I wasn’t in the least disappointed when they came over with a delicious pot of pink tea and a silver, three-tiered tray full of delectable delights. They had conventional treats like the English scone with clotted cream, a cruffin and rose macaroons along side some unconventional yet divine indulgences like beet puree and pink caviar sandwiches.
I could not resist their decadent dessert spread and helped myself to some raspberry tarts, chocolate biscuits and profiteroles. Everything was beyond delicious. My high tea experience was just fantastic with impeccable service and outstanding food. The next time you’re in Paris, treat yourself to some indulgent down time at Le Lobby in the Peninsula Hotel.
As our bags got heavier and purses got lighter, we took ourselves back to the hotel to rest for our next bout of Parisian Adventures. So stay tuned for day 3 !and I promise you won’t regret it.
For more information on things to do in Paris , visit http://in.france.fr/