Paris in Winter

Some love Paris in the Springtime (who doesn’t?), but I like it best of all in December, when everything that is elegant sparkles!

Paris in winter is all about Christmas trees and hotel buzz:

Here I am at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Hotel Plaza Athénée during a Christmas visit. The restaurant is known for its “perfect welcome.” It takes five months to make a reservation there and my friend and I spent close to 1000 Euros on our meal. (Money well spent!)

The George V Four Seasons boasts a red Christmas tree, while the one at the Ritz is all in foil!

The Four Seasons lobby bar is one of my favorite hideouts in Paris during Christmas time – filled with warmth, scrumptious treats like the mille feuille, and of course the people-watching. There is nothing like watching people walk through those doors at the Four Seasons – every face has a story which fascinates me. I often chat with those seated next to me and sometimes they are curious to know me.

Traveling single has its own advantages...although my friends think I must be a lunatic to do so alone; but then again, I enjoy my own company!

High tea at the Ritz is Merveilleux!

Not enough can be said about this high-tea experience at the famous Salon Proust. I loved indulging in the memorable delights of madeleines and exceptional teas by Francois Perret, the pastry chef, who is known for taste and colors as "his thing.”

I have been going to the Ritz Paris for a while and was so sad when they closed their doors after 118 years to go through a $450 million-renovation. (Oh boy, the new glitzy Ritz didn't disappoint.)

“When I dream of afterlife in heaven,” Ernest Hemingway wrote in a letter to his friend and fellow writer A.E. Hotchner, “the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.”

Each visit to the Ritz, I can't escape the Bar Hemingway. As the name suggests, history once sat here and I also had the pleasure of meeting and being served the incredible creation by Colin Field, the head barman!

I strive to make any city my home away from home because of the experiences I pursue.

What do you do to make a city “your home” when you visit?

The Z Experience: Paris

Please note that these are all my personal recommendations. Nothing in this post is sponsored.

These hotels boast some of my favorite bars and restaurants in Paris:

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Four Seasons George V

Hôtel Ritz Paris

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