ガイドブックでお馴染みのあんなところ、 そして今まで聞いたことのなかったこんなところ〜 パート１
I don’t consider myself a traveler at ALL. I mean, I had illusions of grandeur when I was in college that I would have a job that allowed me to travel extensively, being a jet-setter like those people in the Michael Kors ads but with jucier style. And yet I was lucky to get out of Japan once a year for 6 years. Recently however, it seems that finally my time has come! Next stop; G6! So recently I went to Paris with Air France (who I don’t think operate G6s, natch) and 5 other young women from Japan too. We were kind of on a “dream trip”, and while there *were* a few things that can’t be arranged without help (like my interview with Maison Kitsune a tour of CDG airport and a trip to the Kenzo atelier), we pretty much were just being fabulous tourists. So how’d it go? On y vas!
This is where I stayed: The Mandarin Oriental which is brand new and situated on the ritzy Rue St Honore at the Tuileries. The lobby and courtyard are truly an oasis in the city.
I think my favorite part was the cheese buffet at “Camelia” for breakfast everyday >_>….this reminds me there’s an incredible restaurant at the Mandarin here in Tokyo called “Molecular Bar”. I need to check that out again.
Mesmerizing “Mandarin” commercial played on the TV on loop in my room….*_* Can I get a lava lamp like this?
The first thing we did was go to one of Paris’ oldest and most prestigious luxury department stores Printemps. They gave us two cute Japanese personal shoppers. And we were tasked to put together an outfit head-to-toe to be photographed. Leave it to me!
I LOVED these knit hats that looked like miniature cable knit pants and sweaters. I tried looking online for them afterward but couldn’t find them… T_T
Here I am with Chieko Higuchi, a popular seiyu (voice actor) and one of my travel partners. I feel like we were going on stage to perform The Seussical. Which means I LOVED it.
Sweater by Printemps private label, Skirt and green shirt by Meadham Kirchoff, Shoes by Charlotte Olympia, Jacket by Erdem.
The mess left behind in the VIP lounge. We had three rooms full of stuff! The interesting thing is you don’t necessarily have to be a VIP to use the service… just have to ask for it (and you get champagne, coffee, sweets, whatever!).
It was actually a dream of mine to live in the center of any metropolis in the world in a room behind a neon sign. This “DIOR” one at Printemps would certainly suit nicely. I’ll move in tomorrow!
Below: post-shopping exhaustion lunch of veggies, olive oil and a huge “egg” of mozzarella.
Above: Afterwards, I ventured out on my own to check out some cafes, boulangeries and passages. One of the places I wanted to see was “Le Kong” at Point Neuf which is a restaurant designed by one of my favorite designers Phillippe Starck. I didn’t know it at te time, but I guess this place rose to major fame after being featured on an episode of Sex and the City (thanks for beng so informative, friends of Instagram). As you can see, it’s pretty empty at 3pm but I enjoyed my glass of rose above the grey skies over the Seine River before moving on.
Nearby was Stohrer, which is considered Paris’ OLDEST patisserie! Inside it just smelled divine, a melody of sugary confectioneries and pate, jambon and spices.
I also went to this place, a famous chocolatier called “Mere de la Famille”. It is famous for selling nostalgic French candies, nougats, marshmallows and chocolates：
あと、有名ショコラティエの“Mere de la Famille”も抜かり無くチェック。ここの名物は、
Speaking of food, we went to this popular seafood restaurant Rech by Alain Ducasse for lunch, and it was INSANE. Remember, this was just LUNCH.
I felt like I was preparing for surgery
DESSERT. A giant baguette-sized eclair! And there were pizza-sized french toast, a giant macaron cake and ice cream…. much to say, I was in a food coma for the rest of the day. I couldn’t even leave my hotel room all evening. And with that I end today… Part 2 here! Maison Kitsune, cooking lessons with Alain Ducasse, yachts on the Seine and Montmartre….