Escape to the French countryside without leaving the heart of Paris at the Museum of Romantic Life. Though in a bustling metropolitan part of Paris, this museum provides enough greenery and florals to make it easy to forget that you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world.
After a long-covered walk from the street, you are greeted by a bright and open space of dripping vines and trellises full of climbing roses and wisteria. The smell of flowers is rich in the air, and all you can hear is the chirping of birds and buzzing of bees.
As you venture inside, you can see the passionate artifacts of the romantic affair between George Sand and Frédéric Chopin. Sand was the pen name of French novelist Aurore Dupin de Francueil—a woman who broke feminine stereotypes of the time by wearing trousers and smoking cigars, and Chopin was a fantastical Polish piano composer. Their love affair spanned over 9 years, and as frequent visitors of this home, you can find many of their portraits, busts, and love letters inside.
sThis museum remains one of the biggest hidden gems in Paris, and you can usually find the museum and gardens empty. Take a quick break inside the museum and discover artwork with romantic themes from the 1800s all the way to the 21st century. This juxtaposition between time periods of work only further the importance of romance in the city of love, and offers a small getaway to enjoy the charming, idealistic history of the city.
After finishing the quick walkthrough of the museum, continue your moment of peace and tranquility of the city and enjoy the blooming gardens and fountains. Take a quick pause café, or coffee break, at the charming outdoor café there as well. Grab a café au lait and croissant and just enjoy the romantic scenery and have a beautiful break in your busy day.
You can access the museum at:
16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
If you have ever dreamed of your own private Parisian chateau, you must explore the Musée Nissim de Camondo. Hidden in a quiet, residential area of the 8th arrondissement, you would never know that such an extravagant and luxurious mansion could house some of the most beautiful works from all over the world.
With four floors of gilded gold and marble staircases, explore each level of the home, from the basement kitchen with glistening copper pots and pans, through the butlers and servants’ quarters, all the way to the private bedrooms, bathrooms, and grand library.
Upon entering the museum, it is easy to forget that it is not your own private home. While an extravagant house, it contains a worn-in and loving ambiance, with the soft lighting and sheer lack of visitors. It would not be surprising to find yourself wandering through the halls of this manor without encountering a single person, allowing you to enjoy your private visit.
While the manor in and of itself is a glorious sight to behold, each room contains beautiful works from all over the world, personally selected by the house’s original owners. You can find Chinese vases from the 17th century as well as French tapestries from beyond that.
Enjoy the intimate nature of the villa and explore at your own pace, taking in the architecture, decor, and interior design. When you’re finished, continue your journey just behind the chateau to the Park Monceau, a vibrant and little oasis hidden in the city. Watch the ducks swim in the pond, smell the wafting gardenia scent through the air, and just enjoy your time in Paris.
To discover the beauties of the private mansion :
63, Avenue Monceau
Cédric Grolet, one of the best patissiers in the world, is located here in the heart of Paris. He offers one of the most luxurious and unique gastronomic experiences in the world of pastries.
You won’t find the stereotypical French pastries of macarons and madeleines at his shop located on rue de Castiglione. Grolet presents pastries that trick the eye into believing something that isn’t actually there. He specializes in the french art characteristic of trompe l’œil, an art technique that creates three dimensional optical illusions.
Grolet offers a select and limited amount of realistic fruit pastries each day–you never know which will be available until you arrive. These meticulous and decadent desserts have earned Grolet many titles over the years and has built himself a reputation as a gourmand connoisseur.
Grolet’s pastries are sought after all around the world–with hour-long lines around the block each day, it is recommended to make a reservation, however these reservations are normally booked months in advance. Grolet’s prices reflect his attention to detail and expertise, therefore be prepared to pay a considerable amount more than you would at a typical patisserie. Cliquez ici pour modifier un élément..
To maximize the luxurious experience, consider taking your sumptuous pastry across the street and enjoy the decadence in the Tuileries gardens. And if pastries aren’t your cup of tea, be sure to explore Grolet’s boulangerie on the avenue de l’Opéra where you can find more traditional baked goods that are still some of the most famous in Paris.
To savour the delicious and beautiful pastries :
Boutique Cédric Grolet
6, Rue Castiglione
Every iconic Parisian look is not complete without the accompaniment of a product from the House of Guerlain. Beauty and fashion trends have come and gone throughout Paris over the years, but Guerlain has stood the test of time and has been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe since the early 19th century. It has a brand loyalty that is passed down through generations, growing with women and standing as a stable part of feminine identity no matter the phase of life.
Located at 68 avenue des Champs-Elysées, the renowned House of Guerlain stands proud, housing some of the most famous scents and beauty products in the world. Step inside to a luxurious olfactory workshop that awakens memories with every scent.
Coined the official perfume supplier to royalty, Guerlain gained fame by developing perfume for Empress Eugenie and gained traction in monarchies all over Europe. Ladies of every court wanted a product from Guerlain, leading to every Parisian woman wanting products for themselves.
Whether young or old, Guerlain offers fragrances to match the constant evolution of women. For those who are young at heart, explore the youthful and floral notes of La Petite Robe Noire. But as style, mind, and wisdom mature, venture into the more rich and opulent scents of Guerlain, such as Vetiver and Mitsouko.
More than just a perfumery and beauty brand, the House of Guerlain presents grandeur and splendor in a comforting sense. The house of the bees can find themselves catering to every age group, capturing the essence of what it means to be an elegant and refined Parisian woman all through the power of scent.
To visit the Boutique and explore the history :
68, avenue des Champs Élysées
access : Métro George V
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