Friday, December 13, 2013

5 Most Extravagantly Romantic Things to do in Paris!

Life is love and fairies wings and somehow a bit short. We all dream to one day say, “I had the most amazing night of my entire life,” about one totally consuming, outrageously enchanting, completely romantic day where we’re transported on a cloud tomorrow going home. Simply to find that there’s only one place where we can live such a night; Paris. Only in Paris.

The most amazing, extravagantly romantic, single night of your life would call for elements you couldn’t find anywhere else, in a place like no other place in the world. And Paris is the place of dreams.

5. Luxury Suite with Breakfast

So Paris is the city where five star hotels were created. A royal suite may incline towards tens of thousands of dollars per night. Your stay for one exquisite night need not be so extravagant. A deluxe room will do; it’s just the two of you. You’ll be privy to all the luxurious services, linens and culinary treats for a fraction of the cost. In Paris there are only six or seven authentic 5-Star hotels, making it quite easy to choose.

Room-service men wearing little round hats, Egyptian cotton thousand-thread-count sheets, the scent of warm croissants which fill the morning air. A perfect way to start the day.

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Balloon rides by themselves are considered quite romantic but somehow a bit anticlimactic. Unless; unless it’s a private basket just for two during “One Exquisite Night in Paris” after which you dash ahead to the next enchanting station.

Just outside of Paris, the company AERFUN Montgolfieres will arrange a private ride for two (weather permitting), morning or evening. It doesn’t get more extravagant or romantic than floating in the skies of Paris just before breakfast or dinner.
 
3. 3-Star Dinner

Paris is the world where high cuisine was created way back in the 16oo’s. Needless to say, we all must eat and we have our favorite things which we describe as “yummy.” Haute cuisine transcends that sentiment aspiring to and attaining the sublime. A restaurant and its chef do not earn three Michelin stars because they’re good. The must attain the extraordinary! Unlike any meal you ever had.

 

An extraordinary 3-Star dinner in Paris will fill a dream, cost a “butlers” ransom, and leave you with a memory which will last forever.
 
2. Paris Lights Tour

Ensconced in the back seat of a Bentley, Rolls Royce or Maybach with a tour guide narrator and a crisp bottle of Crystal champagne at hand, cruising the avenues and alleys of Paris as incandescent lights twinkle and tremble, is the only way to finesse and digest a luxury dinner; like the furry puss that ate the cream. Paris city lighting is premised on sustaining fairytales and dreams; they do it purposely. And as if incandescence isn’t sublimely satisfying; every hour on the hour, for five minutes each time, the skies of Paris erupt with a pyrotechnic display as the Eiffel Tower splays diamonds of light throughout the entire city. The entire experience is dizzyingly enchanting.

 


 

1. Do them all in one Night!

Doing them all together within a twenty-four hour period would make for the absolutely perfect night of your life; the absolute fairytale of a night which you would never, ever forget. In fact most nights thereafter you will live like a cat on the mat purring about that one enchanting night you lived. A dream that never fades.
 
A dream of "One Exquisite Night in Paris"!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


SO the book (One Exquisite Night in Paris) is finally published on AMZN:


 

Please have a look. It’s a wonderful book and you’ll love it. But at any rate please tell me what you think…that I would really appreciate!!

 

Thank you a lot!!

A

Friday, November 22, 2013

ARMAND de BRIGNAC

 
 
The clip is a bit long; about nine minutes, however a delightfully informative narration regarding the champagne making process. Didn't want to make it seem that the only champagne on earth is Cristal. This product too turns out to be quite (actually, exceptionally) good. We weren't aware of it until after the rappers had their little tiff with Cristal.
 
It kept showing up so regularly that we felt we should at least have a taste. As you can see from the presentation, it's a refined product from a highly respectable family. Having said that, I must quickly add that (personally) I can't get to the packaging. There is something vulgar, indelicate and unsettling about the whole gold pewter wrapping with the big spade thing; it lacks modesty; too loud for me.
 
I'm superficial.
 
Based on the narration the family was navigated toward this branding by their marketing agency. That's rather unfortunate.
 
Otherwise, it's a beautiful story about an excellent wine!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

COCO CHANEL - An Accidental Star!

 
 
 
 
 
 If there were another woman, with whom I could be as infatuated as I am with my wife, it would be Coco Chanel. Not the young precocious Chanel who accidentally did more to liberate the world of women (without even intending to) than any suffragette, but the old version; after sixty five or so. She had far overcome the impetuousness of youth and settled into a more seasoned honesty and mature truth.
 
The universe of womanhood might easily be divided into the opposing era of Before Chanel (BC), and (AC) After Chanel. Clothes make the woman. The era BC was marked by women's fashions deliberately designed to subvert liberation. Fashionable women embraced the notion that their valuable assets were best displayed by squeezing the middle, corseting and bulging the top and front, padding the hips and panniering the rump and thighs.
 
The hourglass masquerade left men engrossed; surveying contours and jagged terrain, fantasizing about "what fun it is to ride..." rather than engaging in eye level conversation. Men are dogs.
 
The era AC brought about a tectonic shift in fashion. With her straight lines, flowing dense fabric, and disuse of shaping undergarments, Chanel shifted the total focus from below the neck. A woman can be viewed as tastefully, expensively dressed and now real conversations can proceed eye-to-eye.
 
Did the liberation engendered by her new fashion lines cause women to become deeper, freer thinkers. Frankly, I don't know. Viewing this old recording of Chanel makes me believe that she made her clothes just for herself. Obviously she had no physical assets to push-up or pop-out. Perhaps there were thousands of other women with the same dilemma. Serendipitously the fashion caught on; she became a talented, hugely capable, accidental star.
 
In the little film, even if you have no idea of what she's saying her voice is so melodic; her grace, movement,  and intensity makes her perfectly, unpretentiously loveable. Sometimes I wish I didn't understand any French at all.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cristal Champagne Explained!

 
 Quite Often Enough in our little tome, we whisper about imbibing champagne, giving the impression that we lounge around all day in burgundy smoking jackets, paisley ascots, and coral peignoirs, brandishing foot-long ivory cigarette extenders while luxuriantly sipping. Not so, not so. Nothing can be further from the truth.
 
Vintage champagne is a subtly delicate beverage mostly reserved for special celebration. The loftier the occasion, the finer the prescription. It doesn't get much finer than Cristal, and One Exquisite Night in Paris is perhaps one of the best reasons to indulge.
 
Cristal is fairly pricy stuff which some folks indelicately gulp for just that reason alone. However there are many less costly alternatives which we can all afford to enjoy on a whim; unless of course champagne is not your flavor.
 
I discovered Michael here (Mike Supple); regular-Joe looking man with a passion, who actually made a pilgrimage to the source in order to afford the rest of us some enlightenment regarding what we're drinking and why. Proof that you don't need a smoking jacket to be passionate, engaged and knowledgeable.
 
He's a suave looking man who looks like he should speak French, but he doesn't; which makes for a bit of a mental d├ęplacement; but never mind.
 
Thank you Mike!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Corthay - Perfected Luxury Treats For Men

 
Normally men don't get many treats. While we were running around in Paris, as an added fantasy I had to pay respects to the venerated atelier of the most preciously delicious footwear for men. 

Though, seriously, I'm not at the point of affording such perfect luxury, it was an extravagant treat to be welcomed by the ultimate artists who fashion and color each bespoke item.

They were exceedingly generous with their time and edification regarding what goes into creating and coloring a perfect pair of shoes; never once inquiring about my ability or willingness to place an order.

Perfect gentlemen, perfect artists, perfect shoes!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

 
 
 
Louvre's Mona Lisa may be copy of an 'earlier version'
 
 
Apparently we found the original. Now all the rumors will start again.
According to The Times this picture was located and verified.
You'll probably never get to see it however it makes for exciting news in the art world!!





 

Friday, October 25, 2013

 
 
 
When considering the perfect places to dine inexpensively in Paris, you cannot do better than to solicit the counsel of Alain Ducasse.
 
 The Times did exactly that. Needless to say, I was pleased to find that through the improbable magic of six degrees (I haven't actually identified the stages) Mr. Ducasse agrees with me that Le Petit Vendome on 8 rue des Capucines produces the perfect sandwich.
 
"One Exquisite Night in Paris" relates, a bit tongue in cheek, our first experience stumbling into Le Petite Vendome and why it's become our official lunch spot whenever mid-day catches us on that side of town.
 
Now too we have a whole list of other suggestions to sample; excellent food without the flash and dash and price, thanks to The Times.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Coming Publication November 25th

I'm very happy to announce that after eight months of shaping, rewriting and deleting, finally the file was submitted for final edit. My guess is that within the next weeks we'll have something publishable.
 
 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Top City in the World



 
 
It felt right to believe so based on the number of visitors and all my experiences having visited Paris; however now it's official.

Paris has just been nominated by WAYN (read article) a travel and lifestyle social media platform as being the top city by an extreme margin.

Interviews with the general manager of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau quoted him expressing gracious satisfaction that the organizations team effort is being recognized and producing results.

 Day or night, in my opinion, Paris is the best city to visit based on its facilities, amenities, history, culture  and openness to share its vibrant lust for life with the world.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bastille Day: Fireworks Display 2013 PARIS, FRANCE


Bastille Day, July 14th, was particularly wonderful this year, falling on a sunny warm Sunday. Of course because a Sunday holiday doesn't earn the following day off, some French felt a little cheated. The parade, pageantry and fireworks more than made up for it all.





Not having been there myself, suffering to be in New York, I watched it on BFM-TV while talking with Eff as she watched from our twelfth story terrace which faces the Eiffel Tower. 

I found this clip; stellar in its imagery, appropriate in its music an so worth sharing with the rest of us who were somewhere else!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Wheel Which Started it All

The famous Ferris Wheel stays charmingly at the Place de la Concorde for three months during winter. Then disappears.
 
The sole reason for it's removal is that it disturbs the perspective fashioned by the Axe Historique.
 
Attempting to understand the elements which constitute the Historical Axis was the beginning element in uncovering the intense charm that's Paris! 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

CERTIFIED ENCHANTING

 
Enchantment makes for a flavorful aspect of life. We all believe in adding a bit of a high-point to the routine. I love what I do seven days a week and probably you do too; the enchanting moments serve to punctuate the pleasant life!
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's Time to Dream Again

 

One Exquisite Night in Paris:

If you were ever a little girl, or even a little boy with a romantic soul, you would have known very early on that someday love would require you to do wonderfully ridiculous things.
 
It's been a long time and we're all about ready to treat ourselves to the next enchanting fantasy.
Usually we live vicariously from someone else's dream; finally a fantasy we can make our very own!

Because everyone deserves to one day say, "I've had the most amazing day of my entire life!"
 

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Most Amazing Day of My Entire Life!

I want to be in love one day,
A perfect love such that my Prince would whisk me off for one enchanted night to Paris!
One reckless night; that we might steal a blissful kiss upon some bridge at dawn.
A kiss we will remember all our lives.
And when we’re back at home and all alone, I’d buy him socks; ‘cause he’s my man.
Mine and mine alone!