My trip to Belgium and Paris was a surprise. This meant that I did not have time to gather all of your suggestions in advance. My best friend prefers the spontaneous. This meant that I was not sure what we were going to do until we did it. I’ll post the trip report, as it actually happened, next week.
But you all gave me some great ideas, and I didn’t want them wasted. After all, some of you out there might be on your way and looking for trusted suggestions. Or, you might like to click all these links and imagine you are there just now, on a Friday as you wait for the weekend. Forthwith, the first edition of the Privilege[d] Guide To Paris. Thank you. And please add, if you like, any additional suggestions in this vein in the comments below.
- The Sainte Chapelle – Overwhelmingly beautiful stained glass. Verified by LPC.
- The Tuileries In Front of the Louvre With A View To the Arc de Triomphe. You can imagine the Roi du Soleil making his way up the boulevard. With many chariots. Verified by LPC.
- The Cluny Museum – a museum of the Middle Ages. Class factotum
- La Cimitiere de Pere Lachaise 20eme, northeast part of the city – didn’t go but wish we had had the time.
- Montmartre – returned from tourist hell to history. The Fourth Canary:).
- Herve Chapelier for totes – Her Preppiness
- Louis Vuitton flagship store on Champs Elysee – Her Preppiness (right near Laduree:))
- Repetto for ballet flats – Tish at A Femme D’Un Certain Age. Verified by LPC.
- Bon Marche on the Rive Gauche – Tish at A Femme D’Un Certain Age (I hear they have the world’s best food court.
- Moda de Andrea, 79 rue de la Victoire, behind Galeries Lafayette, for discounted designer shoes and bags – Tish at A Femme D’un Certain Age. Verified by LPC
- The Rue Cler market, street market on the Rive Gauche – Class factotum, who never pays full retail.
- Colette, Rue St. Honore, to see what the fabled owner thinks is hot now – Tish. And then just walk the Rue St. Honore and marvel at the Impressionistic store windows. And yes, I use the term advisedly. Color creates the strongest meaning.
- Rick Owens, minimalist meets diffident rock and roll, looks like the epitome of cool to me in the Jardins du Palais Royal – from lauren at kidchamp.net
- Jacques Genin on rue Charlot in the Marais for mango caramels and tea service – an award-winning chocolatier – Valerie
- Laduree – Her Preppiness and Tish. In addition to the macaroons currently circumnavigating the Internet, Laduree offers very delicious lunches of the lady type. The 75, Champs Elysee location is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And gorgeous. Verified by LPC.
- Le Pre Verre, the Rive Gauche, 5eme – French with a twist of Asia. The suckling pig in a light curry/star anise sauce is good enough to cause unconsciousness. Be sure to walk the nearby streets after you eat. Cuisine gastronomique at bistro prices. Verified by LPC.
- La Societe, in St. Germain des Pres – if you are looking for trendy, which, in Paris, can be ravishing. Via Tish, again, who knows whereof she speaks.
- The Westin Paris – large, western, business-oriented hotel, with beautiful and classically remodeled new rooms. Located right next to the Louvre and the Tuileries and Avenue St. Honore. Helpful concierge. With 8,000 Starwood points, rooms can cost as little as $150/night. Verified by LPC.
- The Hotel Bourgogne et Montana – Boutique hotel on the Left Bank. Prices starting around $300/night. Verified by LPC, but 30 years ago:). Looks to have been well-maintained.
*Note that both Tish and Deja Pseu are professional Paris people, dwellers and lovers of respectively. Deja has a trip planned to Paris soon, as does Mater. I am expecting many photos to extend my trip in my imagination. You should spend some time with them for deeper views. Finally, Duchesse, at email@example.com, has a guide to Paris for over-50 women you can email her to request.