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A Beautiful Day in Paris with Renaissance Hotels

I haven’t been to Paris for three years, since I took Mr Silver there as a birthday surprise and I’d forgotten how quick and easy the Eurostar is. A quick check in and a smooth two hour journey later we had traversed the channel and had our feet on French soil ready to enjoy our Global Day of Discovery in Paris!

The Renaissance Hotel navigators personally select experiences in their local city in order create an exciting adventure and a journey of discovery. It wouldn’t be a trip up the Eiffel Tower and a River Cruise along the Seine for us, we’d be trying out activities that were unique and inspiring.

As soon as we arrived in Paris we were greeted by a motorcade of 2CVs and whisked off on a whistle-stop tour of Paris. Nicole, Danielle and I piled into one vehicle and Lucy and Charly into another one. The Parisian bloggers were also experiencing a day as tourists in their home town.

The tour company, Paris Authentic use the legendary vehicles to offer unique and exciting tours of Paris; it was such a fun idea and we loved motoring around the cobbled streets of the beautiful city. First, we were driven around to admire the bohemian byways of Montmarte, taking in the various ‘Moulins’ (windmills), pretty pavement cafes and err…sex shops…

Before ascending up a hill to admire the gorgeous basilica of Sacre Coeur with its glowing white exterior.

 

From here we could also admire the beautiful panoramic view of Paris as this is the highest point in the city. After a very quick visit it was back into our Citreons and a swift journey around the Parisian streets which were packed with traffic and boiling hot but I was too excited to care and adrenaline was racing through me as we were having such incredible time.
Next stop was Place de la Concorde, to admire the obelisk and for a few photo opportunities!

 

The open roof on the 2CV was perfect to stand up and get some fab photos of the scene.

 

We loved the 2CV tour, it really was a fun way of seeing Paris.

Paris Authentic also offer romantic tours which I’ll bear in mind for next time, I love the idea of snuggling up in the back of the car with a bottle of champagne and enjoying a tour of one of the most romantic cities in the world.

And a blog post of Paris wouldn’t be complete without at least one picture of the Eiffel Tower! When we came here a few years ago for Mr S’s birthday, I booked the restaurant in the tower. The Jules Verne is a Michelin-starred restaurant run by Alain Ducasse, I highly recommend it for a dinner with true wow-factor!

It had been an early start and I was ready for lunch, which was being served at Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel, one of the four Renaissance Hotels in Paris. The 5-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of Paris near the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower.

It was a such a beautiful day and we were so happy that lunch would be eaten in the hotel’s beautiful terrace with an area reserved especially for us.

 

 

Champagne was quickly poured and as we sipped our bubbles we admired the calm and serene garden and we all agreed it felt like we’d left the busy city and discovered a beautiful oasis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A delicious buffet was laid out for us giving us the chance to sample the most beautiful fresh artichokes, tomatoes, mozzarella and avocado all perfectly presented and totally delicious.

 

 

 

Afterwards we were able to cleanse our palates as the chef pumped fresh frozen yoghurt for us and offered a choice of toppings. Happy and full of fine food and champagne, we headed off to the next stop that the navigators had planned for our tour.

Once again, I was excited that we were doing something completely different and rather than visiting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, we would be seeing the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais RMN.

 

The international tour of the exhibition has already been enjoyed by over a million visitors in ten cities across the world and will be in Paris until 3rd August.

The French designer has been at the forefront of the fashion world for the last forty years and his daring, subversive designs with their frequent injection of humour have made him go down in history.

At first I was a little freaked out by the mannequins with their moving holographic faces but I soon got used to it and admired the exhibition that encompassed 165 couture and ready-to-wear garments that also included costumes from films and performances from the early 1970s until the present day.

 

The exhibition also included the famous conical bra corsets from Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour as well as some of Kylie Minogue’s stage costumes.

 

 

 

 

It was fun to see Jean-Paul’s Spitting Image puppet, which also reminded me of his days presenting Eurotrash, a surreal late night TV show on channel four which ran throughout the nineties until 2007.

I really enjoyed the exhibition and the history behind the legendary designer, it’s definitely something unique to see if you’re in Paris for the next few months.

Can you believe that was just the day time? We were about to check in to our hotel and there was so much more to come that night!

Have you ever visited a unique tourist site in Paris? I’d love to know in the comments¬†


I was a guest of Renaissance Hotels and all my activities were complimentary 

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