How to travel to Paris without leaving your home!

How to travel to Paris without leaving your home!

Travel comes in many forms, from booking a ticket, to planning your dream trip, to reading about adventures from your armchair. Whether to plan your trip or to fantasize about being in Paris I have made a list of the best ways to travel to Paris without leaving your home.

16 ways to travel (virtually) to Paris

  • Set your clock to Paris time. Don’t dine before 7:30 and dress up a bit like Parisians do!
  • Bring France into your kitchen by learning with Michelin-star Chefs  or any other program on YouTube
  • Don’t wait for a special occasion to open that bottle of French wine you brought back from your trip
  • Revamp one room in your home in the style of Paris with the chic concept store Merci or Maison Sarah Lavoine
  • Buy a Dyptique scented candle that will transport you to Paris without leaving your home
  • Don’t stay in your PJ’s all day. If you do, be sure to wear Lalide Paris (sold at Le Bon Marché and online)
  • French makeup is essential. The right shade of Guerlain lipstick will be your best friend on any gloomy day
  • Washing your hands 10 times a day? Try NUXE Rêve de Miel a French Drugstore staple your hands will thank you for
  • Explore the medieval fortress, Egyptian antiques, the works of Da Vinci and Delacroix at the Louvre virtual tours
  • Go to Versailles with Netflix. Meet the Sun King, it’s extravagant love stories, lavish entertainments and life style
  • Learn French charm at home by reading Best Seller author Jamie Cat Callan’s Parisian Charm School
  • Subscribe to French lessons online. You have time to learn the basics, make the most of it!
  • The French National Orchestra, has taken to YouTube with amazing videos of its members playing “together” while in confinement
  • Go behind the scene with the Paris Opera’s YouTube channel with clips, interviews and rehearsals
  • Discover popular operas and ballets from the archives of the Paris Operafree to the public
  • #PompidouVIP the museum podcast series offers insight into some of its works displayed in the museum like Matisse or Frida Kahlo

When the pandemic is over, it will be beautiful to do again what we took for granted just a few weeks ago: having dinner with friends, shop till you drop or going on a trip.

Nobody knows yet when we will be able to travel again. Can you imagine how ecstatic you will be when you will board your next flight to Paris? 

Photos credit: Lalide Paris, Diptyque, Canal +

How to survive life on lockdown in Paris… or anywhere else!

How to survive life on lockdown in Paris… or anywhere else!

As the founder of Personal Paris, my work is to create custom made experiences and visits for people on vacation, however, that is obviously not happening right now…

Paris went on lockdown March 16th and my life changed dramatically. So, to cope with the long days inside, I decided to share my experience and tips with you. It’s been 3 weeks…

Love you from afar

Working from home is not new to me as part of my work is online. Nevertheless, confinement is a challenge I would never have dreamt of!

I usually wander the streets of Paris every day with my clients. Although it’s now the Spring season, all the beautiful gardens of Paris are closed and I am stuck inside. 

Keep dreaming

Nobody knows yet when we will be able to travel again. Nevertheless, I want to offer all lovers of Paris the possibility to keep dreaming, no matter what. 

Can you imagine how ecstatic you will be when you will board your next flight to Paris?

You are not alone

After all, half of the planet is now under lockdown. We all have to stay at home and deal with a reality we have not chosen.

One of the hardest part of this situation is not being able to physically be with the ones you love and you wonder when you are going to be able to hug them.

Take control

Plan your time! Mix work with physical activities and regular meals. Do it on a schedule basis. Take control of what you can control inside your home.

You will feel better if you stop fighting the outside world. If one can’t do anything to change the situation, well then just accept it and adapt!  

Self-discipline is key

It is not easy I know. You are all dealing with a lot and each situation is different and complicated. I can only tell you some about my every day routine and how it works for me, hoping it will help you.  

Every morning I get up early and go out for a walk around the block when the streets are still empty. In France, we are allowed to go out once a day to get some exercise, alone. 

So, I make the most of it by walking up and down the beautiful cobbled stone streets in my area (the 15th arrondissement), admiring the blossoming window boxes and gardens from afar.

I usually take pictures of Paris every day. Now that I cannot go to the Marais, Montmartre or the river, I photograph my area. You must adapt to this new situation, right?

On my way back home, I buy fresh fruits and vegetables. I cook healthy meals in order to stay fit. Preparing something you enjoy like a “salade niçoise” will keep you busy and happy.

Since the lockdown, I have been trying to growing plants from seeds and cuttings. There’s something very satisfying about growing your own plants at home from scratch.

Before going out, I always apply some make up and dress up carefully, my way to feel a little bit better. It’s okay if you don’t but don’t let go of yourself!

I treat myself once every day. It can be a long, hot, scented bath, a foot massage, a manicure, a shampoo or a mask. Anything to make you feel better and to relax is good.

I do some Pilates and stretching at home. It helps me catch my breath, relax and forget about the situation for a moment. Even if it’s not usually something you’d do, a bit of exercise will help you.

Last but not least, I stay away from the news as much as possible catching up only twice a day. Instead, I call my friends and family to make sure everyone is OK.

Don’t compare yourself to others 

On social medias all your friends are cleaning their houses, exercising and cooking healthy meals… well, remember that you are not any less and find your own path. 

Everyone copes differently with the lockdown and it’s okay to be yourself.

In the rush to return to normal, Use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

– Dave Hollis

Photos credit: Do It In Paris

Be the first to discover the new Paris wonders in 2020

Be the first to discover the new Paris wonders in 2020

Updated March 31: due to the current situation, most sites will open or reopen from September only. I will keep you posted soon.

The French capital is changing fast, becoming greener and bolder as it prepares for the Olympic Games in 2024. If you haven’t visited for a while, you will feel a new energy and be rewarded by new wonders mixing the old and the new. Most of them are not opened yet but will be from June/July.

You want to soak up art, food and style? Well, you won’t be disappointed this year. Paris doesn’t rest on its laurels. There will be new architectural wonders, legendary museum reopening’s and lots of exciting exhibitions. It’s impossible to list them all, but here is why you should visit Paris in 2020!

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS  Let’s start with a true miracle and the most wonderful news of Notre-Dame. Despite the extensive damage on its roof one year ago, most of the priceless artefacts of the beloved cathedral remains intact. You should get to see them on a site nearby at the end of this year as well as Notre-Dame’s crypt (2,000 years  of the story of the city revealed through various archaeological layers). Last but not least, part of the plaza was expected to reopen before Easter but due to the recent develpments it has been delayed. 

THE NEW SAMARITAINE  The 1870 iconic building situated in the heart of Paris has been exquisitely restored thanks to LVMH and master artisans. Returned to their stunning original radiance, the historical decors and façades have been restored. The exuberance of Art Nouveau and the linear geometry of Art Deco meld with the innovative architecture of the Japanese Sanaa agency. Overlooking the river and the Pont Neuf,  the Cheval Blanc palace will offer amazing views, as well as the biggest swimming pool and suite in Paris! Want to know more? i will keep you posted soon!

Airelles CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES – Le Grand Contrôle  is one of the most anticipated openings this year (September?). It will be the first hotel to have a home within the perimeters of the castle grounds. Although few details have been released, I  can tell you that it is made up of 14 exceptional rooms and suites filled with restored period furniture. Even better, there will be a spa and an indoor pool as well as a Alain Ducasse gastronomic restaurant. Guests will enjoy exclusive access and experiences at the Chateau de Versailles including Marie-Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. If you are interested, contact me for more details..

BOURSE DU COMMERCE – PINAULT  COLLECTION will be dedicated to Contemporary Art.  From September 2020, it will host some of the art collection of François Pinault (the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice). 3.000 sq.m have been  restored and designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Built in the late 18th century, it was originally used as a place to negotiate the trade of grain and other commodities. Last but not least, the top floor will present a new points of view on the Saint-Eustache church, the Halles Canopée and  the Centre Pompidou.

THE HOTEL DE LA MARINE  Since 1774, the beautiful neo-classical façade has looked onto Paris’ Place de la Concorde. After its renovations  the magnificent mansion’s heritage should reopen this Summer. It’s a Parisian landmark, a ceremonial building with a sumptuous scenography marrying technology and heritage. Its loggia has born witness to history with the execution of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinettein on the square  in 1793. After the French Revolution, the Navy Minister installed his office in the building that was once used for royal furniture storage.

THE MUSEE CARNAVALET is a wonderful museum dedicated to the history of the city of Paris. It should reopen before the Summer after years of intensive renovation. It was first opened in 1880 in 2 private Renaissance mansions, one of the oldest in the Marais. It displays Gallo-Roman and Medieval archaeological background, memories of the French Revolution, furniture, paintings, sculptures, wonderful old street signs, all  in a splendid architectural setting. No doubt the long awaited renaissance  of the Musée Carnavalet and its colossal collection will be on your list this year!

THE WORLD LARGEST ROOFTOP URBAN FARM  Welcome to the future of farming in Paris! From this Summer, this urban oasis will span 14,000 square metres with the aim to growing more than 30 different plant species. It will produce around 1,000kg of fruit and vegetables every day in high season, tended by gardeners using entirely organic methods. Located on the top of the exhibition complex of Porte de Versailles, the farm will have its own restaurant and bar, offering panoramic views over the city and the Eiffel Tower. 

VICTOR HUGO HOUSE You loved the ‘Les Misérables’ and “Notre Dame de Paris” books or movies? From next summer you will be able to enter the house where the famous French writer lived (from 1832 to 1848). Situated in the very heart of the Marais, on Place des Vosges, this is where he wrote most of his book ‘Les Misérables’. From his bedroom, you will access the hidden courtyard downstairs and the terrace of the café, underneath the 150-years old chesnut trees. The house is being completely renovated and should reopen in June

PALAIS GALLIERA  The Paris Fashion Museum is undergoing a major refurbishment that will double its size by utilising the vaulted basement. Built in the 19th century, it was once a private mansion. The collections, including some 100,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, are among the richest in the world. They reflect the fashion trends and habits of France from the 18th century until modern day. The site has a library and resource centre that is accessible by appointment only.  It should have reopen  March 31st but for obvious reasons it should be delayed until later.

THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE WRAPPED by famous artist Christo  is sure to be a temporary artwork that will turn heads. Harnessing 25,000 square meters of silvery-blue recyclable fabric tied up with red rope (Sept 19-Oct 4). It’s a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou which will host the exhibition Christo et Jean Claude. Paris! (March 18-Jun 15). The Pompidou exhibition will also include drawings, documentation and more related to another of their famous works, “The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Project for Paris, 1975-85.”

Please note that the GRAND PALAIS  will close in December 2020 for renovation and upgrade. It will reopen for the Olympic Games in 2024. Meanwhile, it will temporarily relocate to the base of the Eiffel Tower at the beginning of 2021. 

This is only the tip of the iceberg, do not hesitate to contact me with any question you may have regarding your trip. I am happy to answer.

Last but not least, a thrilling calendar of art exhibitions will entice culture vultures to visit Paris in 2020. From the mesmerizing  retrospective of Matisse to Cezanne  and Christian Louboutin exhibition  but of course, they are all closed at least until May/June…

ATELIER DES LUMIERES  launches its new immersive experience from Feb 28 ” Monet, Renoir, Chagall journeys around Mediterranean. The Paris digital art museum  opened in 2018 in an old foundry site, brings artwork to people in a  new panoramic format: every surface around you is filled with moving projections of artworks, all set to carefully choreographed music. The museum has been hugely successful since its opening and my recommendation is to buy your tickets online for a time slot BEFORE your trip, it’s often sold out and there are long queues on site .

Photos credit Airelles-Château de Versailles, Atelier des Lumières, la Samaritaine, Bourse du Commerce-Pinault Collection, Tadao Ando, Hôtel de la Marine, Musée Carnavalet, Maison de Victor Hugo, Palais Galliera, Centre Pompidou, Christo, Personal Paris Copyright 2020