PARIS RE­VIEW

PW’s Co­lette finds out if France’s cap­i­tal lives up to it’s ro­man­tic rep­u­ta­tion

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EN­JOY­ING A GLASS OF WINE AND EACH OTHER’S COM­PANY IS THE NORM

The mere men­tion of the word ‘Paris’ fills me with ro­man­tic vi­sions of the Eif­fel Tower, mac­arons, bal­conies, wine and strolling next to the Seine. In real­ity? It’s all of this and so much more…

Our home for the week­end was Ho­tel La Lan­terne – a chic bou­tique ho­tel hid­den away down a side street in the très lux­u­ri­ous Latin Quar­ter. The ho­tel is big enough to house a gor­geous spa area, but small and in­ti­mate enough that your time spent there feels very per­sonal. With a range of dif­fer­ent rooms, the ho­tel can ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of bud­gets – but there’s no deny­ing that the topfloor suites, with bal­conies boast­ing views of the city, are the best.

Our morn­ings were spent re­lax­ing in the un­der­ground pool and Turk­ish bath, be­fore en­joy­ing a leisurely break­fast (crois­sants – what else?!). Once we’d reached a top-peak of re­lax­ation, it was time to start ex­plor­ing the cap­i­tal.

The lo­ca­tion is prime. With amaz­ing at­trac­tions such as the Notre Dame and Ho­tel de Ville within walk­ing dis­tance, sim­ply roam­ing the streets was ac­tiv­ity enough.

One of the best parts of the trip was din­ner at the in­cred­i­ble Al­cazar restau­rant on the Rive Gauche. The menu is res­o­lutely French, with an at­moso­here to match. Chic and glam­orous, this is a must-visit for a ro­man­tic meal in true Parisian fash­ion. Al­though we spent most of our time ex­plor­ing, by the end of the trip we didn’t feel in need of another, more re­laxed hol­i­day, which is so of­ten the case with a city break. The laid-back vibe the lo­cals are so known for re­flects in the city’s cul­ture; en­joy­ing an al fresco glass of wine watch­ing the world go by and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany is the norm and so en­cour­aged! The ‘city of love’ is truly the per­fect post-wed­ding get­away spot to fully im­merse your­selves in your new mar­riage.

AL­CAZAR RESTAU­RANT = A MUST-VISIT

THE HO­TEL’S POOL PRO­VIDED A WEL­COME REST FROM EX­PLOR­ING

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