We started my Birthday celebrations a week early in Paris this year (meaning I totally had a birthday week) It made sense to stop off in Paris on our way home from Vietnam rather than coming home for a week only to fly out again... especially after being away from home for so long already
When my husband asked me where id like to go for my Birthday without hesitation I said Paris. Id been craving my Paris fix for a while now (we try too visit every year) and its still my favorite city in the whole world (read my other posts about Paris here and here)
We started the celebrations at my Favorite hotel The plaza athenee. The restaurant here is quite simply (in my opinion, and i'm sure many others) the most beautiful in Paris. We visited a few times for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it absolutely is the most amazing experience.
Breakfast here is the ultimate fabulous treat. Its like eating breakfast on a sumptuous fluffy sparkly cloud, while angels pour you coffee. No exaggeration.
Now lets talk about petit dejunner. You are presented with the most decadent cake stand filled with pastries so incredible they come with their own little booklet.
Whilst they were all beyond epic, my absolute favorite was the kouglof, an alsacian specialty. The most moist brioche iv ever tasted, with an amazing blossom scent.
And than there was the pain perdu. I have literally never tasted french toast like this. It was soft, fluffy and moist and melted in the mouth.
Iv said before, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day despite the fact that I rarely eat it. But when I do, I do it right.
Its quite simply the most fabulous breakfast in Paris. Plaza athenee i'll be back soon
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit the witchery for Halloween. Finally I got the chance and I grabbed it with both hands. Not only had I not been to the witchery by the castle but I had never been to Edinburgh. So it was about time I rectified both points
Edinburgh in the autumn is really something a beautiful place. The shades or red, green and orange are spell binding.
The witchery by the castle is a restaurant iv known about for years but never quite managed to get to. Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, I have been dying to go but was adamant I had to go at Halloween.
We stepped into the witchery and it was every bit as magical as I had hope. Pumpkins, and candlelight guide the way into a decadently ambient restaurant. Its wonderfully cosy and intimate.
We took our seats, surrounded by ancient oak panelling hung with tapestries.and vines cover the ceiling.
I ordered Shellfish bisque to start, which was as incredible as it looks.
Sundays in Paris were made for long luxurious breakfasts and pottering around the city
And one of the best places for a luxurious breakfast is Le Meurice. After all, what could be more luxurious than breakfast in a ballroom?
Restaurant Le Meurice is Inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles, and I promise you will feel every bit as fabulous as Marie Antoinette herself here . Recently rejuvenated by Philippe Starck, the rococo ceiling is something else
Crystal chandeliers of dreams hang from the ceilings and and elegant frescoes adorn the walls and ceilings
I really love the ceremony of breakfast. The freshly ground coffee being poured and the "just out of the oven" croissants and pastries arriving.
Along with freshly squeezed juice and fruit plates.
Its wonderful to have no plans other to savour every moment of the day
And take in the twinkling lights of the Chandeliers.
Before heading off into the fresh spring morning to make new memories.
And after you have taken in more of the city, its time for another cafe creme, this time in my all time favourite hotel The Plaza athenee.
I absolutely intend to do a full post about this wonderful hotel in the future but for now I'll show you a fab spot for coffee and a dose of luxury
And did I mention that the Plaza Athenee was were my husband proposed? So it truly is a special place for us.
Dress is ASOS. Handbag is Chanel
La Galerie is just the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a fabulous cocktail or in my case a cafe creme. Incredibly stylish but also reassuringly relaxing, have a spot of lunch or even afternoon tea
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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