Posts Tagged ‘Luxury’

Three Shops I Cannot Wait to Visit in Paris

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Merci Merci, Paris

As soon as I return from a trip to Paris, I start another file folder filled with places I must see, shop, eat and visit in Paris.  My folder is exploding with so many great things!  It IS time to return.  My next trip is in October and I wanted to share three places where I hope to spend many (dropping) Euros.

1.  Merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003

This shop has been on my radar for some time.  I started reading little blurbs here and there about it and this little photo at the top has been popular in Pinterest.  It is filled with unique, stylish and chic items that will undoubtedly make me more unique, stylish and chic.  I shall visit there as soon as I get to Paris!!!

2.  Heurtault Paris 85 avenue Daumesnil, 75012

I have already warned my husband that I will be carrying an umbrella back on the plane home.  He reminded me that it is my umbrella and I will be doing all of the handling.  Fine!  I don’t care if he won’t hold it for me.  Look how beautiful they are!  I most definitely will be the chicest girl in the California rain.

3.  Les 3 marches de Catherine B.  1 rue Guisarde, 75006

I love Hermes.  I know, what girl doesn’t?  I have waited long enough for my dream Birkin.  I think I have a better chance of discovering one here.  I first found Catherine B. on Twitter.  And, from what I can gather from her French tweets, she is THE woman to go to for vintage designer goods.  Not only does she have Hermes bags, I believe she has quite a collection of vintage Chanel.  Don’t worry, I will give you the low down when I return!

Will you be in Paris before my October trip?  Please share your shopping lists and help me discover great Paris treasures!

Become a Paris Insider!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

We are thrilled to announce that we have a five part “Insider’s Guide to Paris” that we would like to share with you.
It will give you loads of advice on where to stay in Paris, how to get around the city,
our tips on where to find the best food and of course, our insider secrets onthe most romantic things to do in Paris.

Are you ready to become a Paris Insider?

Another Look at Paris from Bill L’Herault

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Another Look at Paris from Bill L'Herault on Vimeo.

Visual Thought for the Weekend 3/16/12

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Photo Credit: Moonlight Rainbow

The Eiffel Tower is BIG on Pinterest

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Photo Credit: 9Gag

The image of the Eiffel Tower is what many see when they think of Paris.  It should be NO surprise that pictures of the Eiffel Tower are among some of the most popular on Pinterest.  The one above has been making the rounds on many of the boards that I follow.   While it isn’t the most colorful or the shot at an interesting angle, it is pretty interesting.  Enjoy!

Get Transported to Easter Sunday in Paris: Video

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Paris Easter Morning from Bill L'Herault on Vimeo.

Jet Lag, Zombies and Your First Day In Your Paris Apartment Rental

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Hanging with the zombies in Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Landing in Paris after an extremely long flight can leave you feeling like you have been hit by a truck.  I live in California and try to take non-stop flights whenever possible.  While I get there faster, I always seem to land between 6am and 8am Paris time.  After several trips, I have finally mastered the top 10 things I do when I check into my Paris apartment rental to avoid jet lag and make it through the first day feeling somewhat human.

1.  When renting an apartment in Paris, you can receive your keys as soon as you get into the city.  I ALWAYS take a hot shower the moment I step into the property.

2.  Make yourself an espresso drink and don’t consume anymore caffeine the rest of the day no matter how sleepy you may feel.  You are going to be dragging until about 4pm and then you will suddenly be awake.  Avoid stimulants (caffeine and wine) the first day so that you can get to sleep at a decent hour and start getting on Paris time.  Drink loads of water!

3.  I spend the next hour unpacking and getting my computer all set up (free WiFi!).  It is barely 10am and the city still is waking up.

4.  Set out for a trip to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.   The fresh air and the walking will keep you awake.  It isn’t too social so you don’t have to be “on”.  You already feel like a zombie so why not spend the afternoon with some?

5.  Eat a light lunch at lunch time and drink more water.    Even if you don’t feel hungry, this helps adjust to Paris time.

6.  Spend the afternoon roaming around the neighborhood of your apartment.  Find the market and go grocery shopping.  Pick up some fresh flowers for the bedroom.

7.  Resist the urge to take a nap!  Not on your first day, you will regret it later.

8.  You should be feeling awake by now and ready for dinner.  Remember, more than one glass of wine will keep you up later.  I know, I know…”It is Paris!”  You can drink tomorrow.  Take a nice stroll after you eat; I love the Place Dauphine.

9.  Despite your sudden burst of energy, head back to your apartment and go to bed at a reasonable hour (11pm).

10.  Set your alarm!  Better yet, set two!  And set them to go off before 10am (I prefer 7:30am).  You will be in your deepest sleep around 7am Paris time.  I can’t tell you how many times we slept half the day away on our second day.  Once we even slept through the alarm.

Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to being adjusted to Paris time with minimal jet lag.  Bon Voyage!

The inside scoop on the City of Light from the Daily Pilot

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Drew Graham of CobbleStay properties stands on the balcony of Left Bank Penthouse 018 in Paris. (Courtesy Danielle Voirin / September 17, 2010)

Costa Mesa-based company helps give tourists some local knowledge, accommodations when they visit Paris.

By Sarah Peters

February 3, 2012 | 10:56 p.m.

Drew Graham will always have Paris.

The Newport Harbor High School 1996 alumnus spent 10 years in Europe, including eight years in the City of Light, before returning home to open a Parisian vacation apartment rental agency.

“With CobbleStay, we create Parisian insiders out of travelers,” Graham said of the Costa Mesa-based company he launched in 2010.

Upon returning home from Paris, Graham saw a need for a bridge between American travelers and French culture.

“I think that it is very hard to navigate the city on so many different levels without having had the experience of living there yourself,” Graham said. “I had a very interesting experience myself when I first moved, from finding a place to live, how to find a job to how to go about having a social life.”

Living in Paris taught Graham the inside tricks to riding public transportation, where to shop, the best neighborhood cafes and other locals’ secrets — all of which he now channels into his business for his clients.

“It takes away a lot of the stress of traveling,” said CobbleStay client Erin Hallett, a Canadian. “The properties are of the highest quality — you don’t have to worry about finding yourself in a bad neighborhood.”

Hallett, who has traveled to Paris a number of times using CobbleStay, said that the 24-hour availability of a company representative averted a near disaster during her last stay. Upon arriving late to her rental, Hallett and her husband found they were locked out.

“It was the middle of the night when I called CobbleStay,” Hallett said. “[Graham] was able to get the landlord on her cellphone, and we were inside the apartment within 10 minutes.”

While Hallett stays at a CobbleStay property with a view of the Eiffel Tower, more than 20 properties, ranging from 300 to 2,100 square feet, are scattered around Parisian neighborhoods and monuments, such as the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Place Des Vosges, Bastille, Notre Dame Cathedral and boulevard Saint-Michel.

All properties are fully furnished, offer more privacy than a hotel and have basic amenities such as Wi-Fi. Accommodations start at $150 a night.

“Once you stay in a vacation rental with the right agency, you’ll never want to go back to a hotel,” Graham said.

A business plan was not all that he brought home from his life in France.

Graham met and married his wife, Meri Graham, and had two children, Alex and Kristina, while overseas.

Having children influenced the couple’s decision to leave Paris. They currently live in Costa Mesa.

“Meri and I just felt like we had done what we wanted to do in Paris,” Graham said. “It’s a great place to be a young couple, a great place to be parents, but we wanted to raise our children somewhere less urban.”

However, with the daily — and often late-night — operations of CobbleStay, Graham hasn’t had to entirely leave Paris behind.

“I get to keep one foot in the water where I grew up and one foot in the water in Paris, the city I fell in love with for the eight years I was there,” Graham said.

To view the article from the Daily Pilot website, click HERE.

It is Bitter Cold in Paris This Weekend

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

if it looks like this, who cares?

Luxury in the Most Visited City in the World

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Jet Charters

Paris is likely on the bucket list of any world traveler or adventurer. There’s a reason — probably more like a million reasons — it is the most visited city in the entire world. If you’re looking for a great city you’d be hard pressed to find one better than Paris. That said, many people who travel to France don’t get to experience the full luxury that Paris has to offer.

The first luxury comes before you’ve even made it into the city. When you’re traveling to the greatest city on earth you might as well travel in the greatest style. Taking an air charter is surely the best way to fly. It starts when you get to the airport and don’t have to go through all the ridiculous security and it ends with a crew that has only you to take care of. What could be better?

When you land for your first evening in Paris you should consider taking your dinner on a private boat tour of the Seine. Hire a river limousine (yes, it’s that luxurious) and your own private chef and you’ll have the best dinner you can imagine. If a run down the Seine sounds amazing and dinner from a private chef is your idea of a dream meal, consider this the indulgent experience of a lifetime. The fun is just getting started, however.

You’ll need a place to sleep after your dinner, so why not rent out your own luxury Paris apartment? You could stay in a cramped hotel room or hostel, but if you’re going all out then you need to have the best accommodations as well.  You can bring the chef back to cook in your spacious kitchen, or you can go just down the street for more choices. Either way, your apartment will feel just like home.

If there’s one “regular” spot in Paris you need to visit, it’s the Eiffel Tower. You don’t need to make it a typical day, however. Instead, go for a champagne lunch at the Eiffel Tower in the Altitude 58 Restaurant. You’ll have an amazing view of the city while you enjoy your fine dining meal. If you want an even better look, you can head up to the second level after your meal.

Last, but definitely not least, take some time to find your own luxury. Paris is a place where you can walk down one street and find a shop or café, and when you turn the corner you find one just as good or better. Take some time for yourself to discover the luxury that most tourists won’t have time to see.

Logan is a writer who spends his time planning the next trip when he isn’t stringing words together.  You can find out more about Logan and his company Jet Charters here: