I love Paris in the springtime
I love Paris in the fall
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles
Ella Fitzgerald got it right when she croons that even when it drizzles, and believe me it does, Paris is still magnificent. So if you’re in Paris right now, here are 7 things to do, come rain or come shine.
Shopping. It’s so overrated and overpriced so why not do what the Parisians do…‘lèche-vitrines’ (literally ‘lick the windows’) by indulging in window-shopping of the city’s best stores with no intention of opening the door or your purse. Splash out. Head to upscale Rue Saint-Honoré (1st arrond.) and choose the best stores to ‘lick’ like Chloé (their autumn collection is on view), Longchamp (bags, glasses and footwear to ogle), Colette (the window alone is a treat), Balenciaga, and my favourite: Michel Cluizel’s mouth-watering chocolate selections… if you can resist!
How about a little wine tasting in…Montmartre. Discover why sommeliers are giving their thumbs up to Clos Montmartre red, white and rosé wine. The wine is auctioned each year for charity, but you can buy a small bottle for 40 euros from the Montmartre tourism office at 21, place du Tertre in the main, touristy square near the top of Montmartre. For a quick bite or an afternoon drink, stop by Le Maison Rose, a café converted from an old village store oft-painted by Impressionists like Renoir.
Sure you’ve tasted an éclair (lit. ‘lightening in French) before but I bet you’ve never tasted the scrumptious choux cream-filled pastries like these before. While apricot éclairs are the star at Fauchon, 26 Madeleine, 75008, chocolate éclairs rule at Sébastien Gaudard, 1 Rue des Pyramides, just near the Louvre, or go for the éclair ‘of the season’—mango and lime at Carette just by the Eiffel Tower, on 4 Place du Trocadéro, 75016. Miam!
Mixologists Tarek and Gary are shaking up more than cocktails in Paris’ latest speakeasy, Baranaan at 7 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin in the 10th arrond. Coffee shop by day, Indian bar by night — sneak in near midnight for exotic forbidden concoctions such as Dura Dura (cucumber and mezcal) or a Gali Gali with sugar, rum and Eastern spices. Clue to finding it: there’s a Bengal on the door!
Become roller girl (or guy) in Paris by joining the Paris Roller Group where they skate 25km around the city every Friday. Meet at 10:pm in Montmartre and just start rollin’. For more info, click here, http://pari-roller.com
Approximately 7 million movie tickets are sold every year in Paris. So if you love films as much as the French, be sure to go to the movie theatre they love too: Le Grand Rex. As the largest theatre in Europe with 2,800 seats, the Rex is located at 1 Boulevard Poissonnière in the 2nd arrond. Just make sure the movie you choose isn’t dubbed! http://www.legrandrex.com/home.php
Walk on the dark side by taking on Darth Vader at the new Jedi Training Academy in Disneyland Paris. Wield your light sabre with care so you can proudly leave with a Jedi Master diploma, and use the force for good. For 7-12 year olds or Star Wars fans of any age: