Le Tout Paris at Cheval Blanc

After scouring menus across all of Cheval Blanc’s restaurants, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on the commitment of a meal…or they were closed…or full…it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me to visit this fabulous looking new hotel. However, walking to La Samaritaine, I just happened to pass…

Hotel de Crillon- Paris

I’ve always had a love affair with hotels out of my pay grade, perhaps stemming from an article that I read many years ago where the writer stayed one night in all of the major Paris luxury hotels. They challenged each hotel to room service, ranking club sandwiches(!), and tasks for the concierge that weren’t…

Cocorico- Paris

A very sunny afternoon with only an open spot to eat at a tiny cafe table on the sidewalk…people watching in St. Germain, a crisp white, and an order of the casual restaurant’s namesake…it had to be done. A very easy Parisian lunch spot whose address I will keep on file.

Soufflé- Paris

My first evening in Paris, I got a bit bamboozled by a tourist restaurant. They allowed my solo reservation only for 7PM (first red flag) and upon arriving, the restaurant was already full of Americans. Damnit. I should have done an immediate about-face, but there was an image of an onion soup/souffle combo that I…

Hotel Le Bellechasse- Paris

What’s a lady to do when she’s halfway through chemo and doesn’t know how she’s going to feel? Book a last minute trip to Paris is the right answer. Tell no one so it’s only yours. Pre-book art exhibits, but not dinners and just see what happens- an uncertain adventure for an uncertain time, but…

Effet, Juan-les-Pins

As novice tourists to the South of France, we were shocked at the relaxed boho vibe (don’t worry, the pricing stayed decidedly un-boho). Each beach front restaurant was cuter than the last. Effet on the beach of Juan-les-Pins took our breath away on night one and we had such a lovely time (and sand-in-the-surf table)…

Rosana- Cannes

Rosana is the “good vibes” restaurant of Cannes and is in the best way furthering its Bali vibe. The cheerful restaurant was done up in all kinds of kitchsy tropicalia in the best way. The ladies’ room featured this festive neon and payphone. For where, one must assume Bali or drink delivery on the beach….

Hôtel Le Sud

The highlight of my summer was discovering the very Instagrammable Hotel Le Sud and committing the only Swiss long weekend of the summer to exploring the Cote d’Azur with it as basecamp. Located between the Juan-les-Pins nightlife and the beach, it was well-suited to be far enough away from the action, but an easy stroll…

Helios Plage- Juan-les-Pins

The first day upon arriving in Juan-les-Pins, the small seaside village that Picasso used to frequent, we were desperate for a bite and view of the ocean. Having gotten up at the crack of dawn, we stumbled towards the first place we saw and lucky for us, it was Helios Plage. The beach clubs of…