Flew home yesterday on Virgin Atlantic, my new favorite airlines. As I pulled out my copy of Fifty Shades Darker (part 2 of the 3-part rage Fifty Shades of Grey), three Flight Attendants suddenly became my new best friends–
All the ladies are reading it!
I can’t put it down!
I’m fifty shades of red!
It was a fun way to end a fun trip…
Loved London and Paris, even though it was necessary to carry an umbrella at all times. I lucked out on the weather though — it really didn’t rain that much – more like twenty-minute showers. So it was easy to get around and and make lots of new discoveries. For me traveling involves walking-walking-walking. It’s the best way to see everything and get a sense of what’s where. I always lose weight on trips, no matter how good the food is (and in France it IS!).
My favorite time to walk is in the early morning hours when a city is just walking up.
Wolf & Badger – A hip concept where independent designers pay the rent and reap the benefits. It’s like a co-op of cool clothes that you don’t see in other stores.
Melt - A very modern chocolate shop… enter at your own risk!
Roka – Contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine, friendly bar, good music, dark relaxed atmosphere.
Zuma – Same owner as Roka, but bigger, lighter, nosier and harder to get into.
The Summer House – Feels very out-of-city-Newport-Rhode-Islandish… looking onto the canals in a very exclusive neighborhood.
Shopping & Eating
Daylesford Organic Farm - Fresh, natural healthy food on several floors filled with great kitchenware, cookbooks and irresistible fare.
Balenciaga – Flagship store just opened a week ago… amazing and expensive… but free to look.
Sabbia Rosa - Beautiful camisoles and half-slips to wear out. They used to sell Sabbia Rosa at Barney’s and Maxfield’s and that’s how I knew about it.
Serendipity – Off the beaten path, this little shop is filled with charming handmade items for children and the young-at-heart.
Le Dauphin - Chef Inaki Aizpitarte’s tapas are obviously a big hit with 20-30-somethings in Paris.
Hotel Costes - Scene-y, hot girls with old men, great menu, loud and happening.
Shopping & Eating
Merci - It feels a little like Fred Segal Melrose. There are different floors with cool affordable clothes, stationery items, furniture and unique modern bedding.
Colette -The hippest place to shop and eat a healthy lunch… my favorite stop in Paris.
Now that I’m home, I wish I’d gotten more cards so I could remember even more of the special places I visited. But sometimes I was so in-the-moment, I forgot.
C’est la vie…