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Hotel Esprit St. Germain

We also stayed at the Hotel Esprit St. Germain for our first two nights in Paris and I can highly recommend this lovely boutique hotel in the 5th arrondissement.  This small hotel has only 28 rooms and is located on a quiet side street, Rue St. Sulpice.  The hotel’s philosophy is that guests should feel… Continue reading Hotel Esprit St. Germain

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Hotel de Crillon, Paris – Stay like a Princess in a Palace

Wow!  What a hotel.  I decided to end our trip with a one-night stay at a “splurge” hotel as I thought that would be a nice way to put the cherry on top.  After looking at many high end hotels like The Ritz, Mandarin Oriental, Le Meurice and Le Bristol, I settled on the Hotel… Continue reading Hotel de Crillon, Paris – Stay like a Princess in a Palace

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Hotel Belles Rives in Antibes

After three days in Nice, we got a taxi and made the 45 minute drive west to the beach town of Antibes, which is located on a peninsula called Cap d’Antibes.  Antibes was very popular with the literati crowd in the 1920’s and was frequently visited by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Gerald and Sara… Continue reading Hotel Belles Rives in Antibes

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Lunch at Hotel Cap du Eden-Roc and Antibes

During our three day stay in Antibes, we tried to be pretty low-key.  We were getting a little tired of sight seeing and going, going, going so we spent the days sleeping in late, having a leisurely breakfast and then would do only one activity (which was sometimes followed by an afternoon nap).  Our second… Continue reading Lunch at Hotel Cap du Eden-Roc and Antibes

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Day Trip to Provence

On our last day in Nice, we had a private all-day tour with our guide, Franck Balbi, who took us out into the countryside.  The day was completely customizable and we told Franck that we wanted to see a picturesque village and to do some wine tastings to try the local wines.  He picked us… Continue reading Day Trip to Provence

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Lunch at La Chevre d’Or and the Village of Eze

We saved our big gastronomic highlight for the French Riviera.  We picked the restaurant at La Chevre d’Or, which is a 5 star boutique hotel and has a 2-star Michelin restaurant as well.  The Chevre d’Or is located in the village of Eze, which is about 20 minutes east of Nice and is on the… Continue reading Lunch at La Chevre d’Or and the Village of Eze

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Exploring Nice, France

After two nights in Paris, we took a morning flight from Orly airport to Nice on Air France.  One thing I will note is that Orly is a pretty crummy airport – outdated, small, crowded and very warm inside.  We were so glad to get on the Air France flight which was great and only… Continue reading Exploring Nice, France