Thursday, April 18, 2024

My Perfect Day in Paris

I was only able to stay in Paris for one day due to work commitments but after many trips to the city I planned and designed my complete Saturday. A lot of help for the day was provided by the staff at Maison Albar Paris Celine Hotel with special assistance from Fabrice the Concierge. My perfect days always involve photography so this day was no exception.

I started out very early Saturday morning with a lovely breakfast at Odette the restaurant in the hotel of fried egg whites, waffles (the best EVER!), bacon and a cold Coca-Cola in a glass bottle. Don’t judge…I need fuel for the perfect day.

The hotel had arranged a driver for the morning to take me on the ultimate scavenger hunt to find all the new Banksy artwork across the city. The weather was amazing at 75 degrees and sunshine. My driver Nolan was a great sport and patient as he parked at eight locations across the city and helped me search for the graffiti art. We were successful in finding all of the pieces.  We then extended the tour an hour and visited some great locations for Eiffel tower photos since there were puffy clouds on the horizon.

After my morning car trip, I decided to take a walk outside to the Louvre only a quick 10-minute walk from the hotel to see my favorite of all time – Mona Lisa. I expected large crowds in the middle of a Saturday afternoon but to my surprise, there was no queue outside so I went in for a visit after taking photos outside of the pyramid structure. I still cannot believe it only costs 15 euros to visit these masterpieces.

I went back to the hotel after the museum visit and walk around the city and decided to check out the spa and again to my surprise an appointment was available for an aromatherapy massage within an hour. The massage was flawless with orange blossom essential oils and provided much-needed relaxation after a long week of work in Europe. The spa was beautiful and private inside the hotel and has a full-service spa for guests.

I had an early dinner at a small café called Le Moliere where I found the impeccable snack of warm goat cheese salad with honey. Back at the hotel, I was happy to find an endless supply of the most delicious gummy bears for guests in the lobby, which provided the perfect ending to the perfect day.

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Amy Harris
Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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