I have wanted to visit the Ritz Paris for afternoon tea for quite some time now, so I was delighted when my husband surprised me with a reservation for my birthday. If you have followed me for a while now, you'll know that not only am I obsessed with Afternoon tea but with my favorite city too, Paris!
Despite visiting Paris frequently over the last few years we have never actually visited The Ritz Paris before. For the last few years it has been undergoing renovations, so I was really excited to see it in all of its renovated glory. After all, if it was good enough for Coco...
Incredibly regal and traditional in its styling, it definitely sets itself apart from its competition from other hotels of its caliber in Paris. Iconic royal blue upholstery dominates the hallways, with delicate pink ranunculas florals softening the ascetic.
We were shown to our table Salon proust for tea time
Unlike most afternoon tea's we have experienced, there is no savory course here, its straight into the sweet stuff... much to my husbands absolute delight.
We selected our teas with help from the Tea sommelier. For le homme, The ritz -Signature tea Ripe berries lend a malted sweetness to this blend of black teas, which is fragrant with notes of vanilla and warm spices.
For myself, Vervienne -Slightly lemony with relaxing and digestive properties.
It all start's with an amuse bouche (again another afternoon tea first)
A tiny Madeleine (remember, Salon Proust!) with some creamy milk poured over.
Sponge fingers, tuile cigarettes, florentines, sugar tarts and buns with cocoa nibs and chocolate chips followed
How cute are these iconic Ritz teddy bear biscuits!
And just when we began to worry that we were going to appear incredibly wasteful and not managing to finish such wonderful treats, we were asked if wed like to take the remaining biscuits and cakes with us. Well, who in their right mind would turn down a doggy bag from the Ritz!
To add the icing to the cake, the lovely staff at the Ritz presented me with this gorgeous birthday treat. Now I really was feeling very spoilt
Isn't it all just too beautiful!?
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
Today i'm showing you around the historical town of Ubrique. Its another super cute pueblo blanco (white town) in the Cadiz province set at the foot of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains. You may have heard of it before as its world-renowned for its leather industry.
Its quite the drive from our home in Sotogrande to this remote town, about 2 hours and up some majorly high and windy mountain roads. But its a beautiful drive past villages in towns and sunflower fields.
The view of the mountains over the tiny little white town is incredible. Photographs just don't do it justice.
For over a century, Ubrique has been world-renowned for its leather industry supplying the likes of Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Gucci but from what I could tell these are kept well hidden... either that or I just didn't know where to look. Its like its their little secret.
Bouganvilla filled pots and succulents decorate the streets, as is the southern Spain go to style. And something iv come to love.
Head into the Plaza d'Espana, Its easy to find, as it is the only large open space in the upper section of the city. Here you'll find the the best views of the town. The detailing on some the buildings is so beautifully intricate. From here, you'll also see the church of San Antonio and the main church in the square.
After a cafe con leche, go and get lost in the beautiful cobbled and somewhat steep streets that lead to even more beautiful details. A town that seems from another century, sleepy but beautiful.
As far as Spanish towns go, this one is very authentic. I actually didn't see one tourist the whole time we were there. Its very rustic and full of charm. Almost run down in some parts, but in the best possible way. Its easy to see why the town has been declared a historic site.
Don't forget to stop off and get THE panoramic view of the town, its truly breathtaking and worth the trip alone
I loved Ubrique, and defiantly worth checking out if your visiting southern Spain
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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