From Paris with Love

Travel | May 22nd 2018

Paris the city of love … the most romantic city in the world they say. Its
reputation for inspiring love is so powerful, people from half way across the
globe are known to fly down just to propose or take pre wedding pictures under the adoring gaze of the Tour Eiffel. I have been to Paris several times before for either work or pleasure but only until this recent sojourn with Atout France, The French Tourism Development Agency in India; did I discover that Paris is so much more than just romance and great sights.

Let me take you through our adventures starting with the moment I clapped eyes on my little piglet SU at Charles De Gaulle Airport where I bid farewell to my family only to get reunited with my bestie. I had gotten in the day before from Spain so I was definitely in a fresher state than SU after her long flight in but we were both pumped for this new adventure.

We hopped into an Uber with all our luggage, which works like a dream by the
way, and head into the city. Our hotel ; Le Belmont was literally a hop skip and jump from the Champs – Élysées which was perfect because it’s centrally located and well , you can walk to the most iconic street in Paris. The hotel is perfectly sized with 74 rooms and classical French interiors giving a feeling of a home away from home. The bilingual staff were friendly and always ready to help us when we needed.

We unpacked, freshened up and head out into the crisp, Parisian air towards
Jean Claude Biguine (the flagship salon) on 10 Rue Marbeuf for a bit of pre Paris Fashion Week primping.

The salon itself is grand and superbly decorated. The lightening speed and flawless technique of their hair and nail technicians truly blew us away. We are so used to wiling away atleast 90 minutes when we get gel polish done in Bombay so imagine our surprise when our perfect fall nails were ready in 25 minutes each.

We found out which hairstyles had been trending that fashion week given how many fashionistas visit the salon (the beach waves by the way) and had our own hair flawlessly curled by the stylist.

We also had the absolute pleasure of meeting Monsieur Jean Claude Biguine himself who is just the sweetest man. He and Mr Samir Srivastav (Ceo of JCB India) gave us some insights on the new colors, which were going to be introduced to India and how they tweaked color trends to suit Indian skin tones.

After this, we head over to a place we have heard of several times but never
visited- Fondation Louis Vuitton which is an enthralling centre for art and culture designed by Frank Gehry and sponsored by LVMH.

It is truly an extraordinary structure once you get inside and personally witness all the architectural marvels brought to life by the architect. To me, there was nothing traditional about this building, which from the outside almost looks like an iceberg ensconced in a bed of greenery.