The best November weekend ever in Paris (Vidéo & Podcast)


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Umbert has been to Comporta near Lisbon, with his friend Eduardo, to enjoy the Indian summer.

He now joins his friends from the US in Paris, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family “in style”.

It’s a warm and privileged moment that he loves.

He takes the opportunity to make you discover The best November weekend in Paris.

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle


« Fall is winter’s spring », Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter

« L’automne est le printemps de l’hiver », Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, peintre Français



In this article :

1) Day 1

  • Check-in : Four Seasons Hôtel Gorge V
  • Brunch : Le Bon Georges
  • Shopping : Vestiaire Général, L’Occitane
  • Hairdresser : Four Seasons Hôtel Gorge V
  • Diner : Apicius
  • Cocktail : Little Red Door

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants : Four Seasons Hôtel Gorge V
  • Exhibition : Basquiat & Egon Schiele à La Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • Brunch : Le Frank à la Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • Diner : Café de la Paix
  • Show : Jerome Robbins à l’Opéra Garnier, La Traviata à l’Opera Bastille
  • Cocktail : Lulu White

3) Day 3

  • Brunch : La Maison Rose
  • City tour : Montmartre 
  • Coffee & tea : Four Seasons Hôtel Gorge V


When travelling to Paris Umbert recommends the travel guide Lonely Planet Paris. He likes it because it gives you a lot of details about the culture, monuments, maps, and other cool spots.You can buy it directly from link.


1) Day 1

  • Check-in
Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris

The excellence of the hotel industry, near the Champs-Élysées, ideal to discover Paris. Umbert likes to meet his friends at the hotel bar to chat, an essential Parisian meeting place. It is also the only palace to have 3 restaurants with 3 starred chefs.

Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue GeorgeV 75008 Paris 

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00 
Le Bon Georges, 45 rue Saint Georges 75009 Paris

Must-have restaurant for meat! A true Parisian “bistro” as in the past. Umbert loved the rabbit terrine with hazelnuts and the chicken stuffed with morels. A relaxed atmosphere very frenchie! Ideal for a Thanksgiving meal that lingers …

Le Bon Georges, 45 rue Saint Georges 75009 Paris

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00
Vestiaire Général, 3 rue Victor Massé 75009 Paris

Vestiaire Général :  environment friendly, this shop offers clothes with excellence and ethics. Umbert liked FDB Paris for their t-shirts, Bleu de Chauffe which favors a clean design for stylish and practical bags and Kost shoes. Vestiaire Général, 3 rue Victor Massé 75009 Paris 

L’Occitane, 8 rue Halévy 75009 Paris

L’Occitane : the cosmetic line for men is very complete, Umbert uses: the after-shave balm Cade, the Immortelle Precious Cream for the face, the shampoo pure freshness, and especially the organic butter. L’Occitane, 8 rue Halévy 75009 Paris 

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris

The George V Hotel has a new spa in a sumptuous Louis XVI style, a huge pool and a relaxation area with steam room. After enjoying the exceptional facilities, go to the hairdresser to prepare yourself for the evening.

Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue GeorgeV 75008 Paris

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Apicius, 20 rue D’Artois 75008 Paris

One of the most beautiful restaurant of Paris, for a dinner out of time and in a dream setting. Umbert chose the frog legs and lobster.

Apicius, 20 rue D’Artois 75008 Paris

  • Cocktail 23:00
Little Red Door, 60 rue Charlot 75003 Paris

Ranked 11th by the World’s Best Bar, you have to discover this hidden cocktail bar. Umbert appreciates the “Gin Beefater” and his friend Paul the “Whiskey Bulleit Rye”, blend of cognac, dates and violet tea.

Little Red Door, 60 rue Charlot 75003 Paris


2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 12:00
Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris

Michelin starred chefs prepare an exceptional breakfast for Umbert and his friends. A fabulous French-American blend with waffles, croissants, seasonal fruits, salmon eggs and the best fruit juices.

Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris 

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Exposition Basquiat & Egon Schiele à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris

The exhibition Basquiat revives, through his works, the underground New York of the 1980s. A must see “Riding with Death” which expresses all the suffering of these years. 

From New York to Vienna, to discover a revolution, the « Jugendstil”, through the four themes developed by Schiele.

Exposition Basquiat & Egon Schiele à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris (until 01/14/2019) 

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Le Franck, Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris

Umbert chooses to have a quick brunch there, admiring the greenery of the Acclimatization Garden.

Le Franck, Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00
Café de la Paix, 5 Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

Since May 5 1862, the Hotel de la Paix, later the InterContinental Paris le Grand, and the Café de la Paix are real institutions, famous throughout the world. Umbert loves the Second Empire elegance, frescoes and sumptuous gilding, facing the flamboyant Opéra-Garnier. Umbert and his friends will have a seafood feast!

Café de la Paix, 5 Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris 

  • Show 20:00 – 23:00 
Jerome Robbins à l’Opéra Garnier, 8 rue Scribe 75009 Paris

The Paris Opera pays homage to Jerome Robbins, by presenting ballets from the creator of the choreography of West Side Story. The energetic “Glass Pieces », the sweetness of “Afternoon of a Faun”, “A Suite of Dances” and the famous “Fancy Free ».

Jerome Robbins à l’Opéra Garnier, 8 rue Scribe 75009 Paris  (until 11/14/2018)

Other choice:

Verdi created the character of Violetta, who must make the tragic choice between love and moral duty, in a critical and voyeuristic society.

La Traviata à l’Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille 75012 Paris (until 12/29/2018)

  • Cocktail 23:00
Lulu White, 12 rue Frochot 75009 Paris

An extravagant “Belle Epoque” decoration for this cocktail bar, and a specialty: absinthe-based cocktails. Umbert advises the “Parrots in Picardie”. Forbidden 100 years ago, absinthe was made famous by the painter Van Gogh and the writer Verlaine. Today no more problem, the “Green Fairy”, because of the color of the leaves, is back.

Lulu White, 12 rue Frochot 75009 Paris 


3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
La Maison Rose, 2 rue de l’Abreuvoir 75018 Paris

Maurice Utrillo, French painter, has immortalized this little pink house in the heart of Montmartre which reflects the soul. Umbert likes to listen to the owner of this restaurant who tells his story while enjoying a delicious “Basquaise chicken” or octopus.

La Maison Rose, 2 rue de l’Abreuvoir 75018 Paris

  • Exhibition or City tour 13:00 – 16:00

Visit the historic heart of Montmartre.

Take rue des Saules to admire the vineyards of Montmartre, the ghost of the house of Aristide Bruant, singer of La Belle Epoque, the Agile Rabbit, a cabaret whose history must be discovered, formerly “Cabaret of the Assassins,” then ” Rendez-vous of Thieves “, and finally St. Vincent Cemetery.

Norvins and Saint-Rustique streets are the center of the historical Montmartre, with old artists’ houses. Finally, a visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is required.

Montmartre website

  • High tea 16:00
Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris

Before leaving, Umbert is back at the Hotel Georges V, where the starred chefs will serve him the best high-tea ever, full of organic teas and amazing French pastries.

Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 31 avenue George V 75008 Paris 


Umbert spent an amazing weekend with his close friends. So many memories, gifts and photos … 

Umbert hopes that these tips will help you. “I always enjoy reading Umbert weekends in Paris, it makes me dream !”, Georges S.

The leaves of the trees have fallen, soon replaced by the Christmas lights. Umbert is already preparing the month of December which is fairy in Paris. Do not miss his next weekend in Paris!

What to remember: the French attach a lot of importance to their group of friends. It is often difficult and long to be part of it, but once accepted, this friendship lasts a very long time.

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette (Video & Podcast)


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Umbert loves to go to the restaurant. He is a gourmet, and every month, he gives you his choices for the best places. You can check Umbert Weekends.

To behave correctly at the restaurant is not a protocol matter, but part of the art-de-vivre and new etiquette.

Umbert gives you the Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette.


« The gastronomy is an incredible source of happiness” Pierre Hermé, famous French pastry chef.

« La gastronomie est une formidable source de bonheur », Pierre Hermé, célèbre chef pâtissier.


In this article :

1) Arriving at the restaurant

2) At the table

3) How to eat some dishes

4) Leaving the restaurant


1) Arriving at the restaurant

If you have invited a woman, be sure to arrive before the time, if not contact her. You can also read my article How to be a winner at the first date (Podcast & vidéo).

When arriving with a lady, a man always goes first to the restaurant, and hold the door. Why ? This is an old tradition : to protect the woman from looks, or fights that were common in hostels in the past. If there is a staircase : the man goes first, it is also an old tradition because the man should not see the legs of the woman, and when they go down to avoid a fall to the lady.

Enter and wait for the butler to place you.

If the butler leads a couple to the table, the woman goes first. 

It is important to wait until the hostess places you. However, you can politely ask to change if the table proposed does not suit you.

The man gently pulls the woman’s chair to invite her to sit down and extends her right hand to the table. The woman is still sitting in front of the room and on the bench if there is one.

When Umbert invites friends to the restaurant, he asks for a table, and leads his guests there.


2) At the table

If the man arrives before, and is already at the table, he must get up when the woman arrives to greet her.

Never sit down first. The bench is always reserved for ladies. If there are two women, they will be side by side. If there are only chairs, think of pulling the woman’s chair, unless the butler does it.

When you sit down to the table, immediately put your towel on your legs, without waiting for the dish. The towel should not be tied around the neck, shirt or belt. It must stay on your knees, except to wipe your lips before drinking, so the glass is not dirty.

Turn off your phone ! Personal items shouldn’t be on the table (sunglasses, phone, keys etc …).

Do not put elbows on the table while eating.

To make your choice on the menu, do not look at the neighbors’ plate at another table. Do not choose dishes which are too expensive, to respect the other guest regarding the bill, or too modest, so you’ll seem cheap.

The host chooses the wines, after having asked everybody if his choice suits them. 

When the waiter comes to you with a bottle of red wine, look at the label to check the order. Turn the red wine in your glass delicately before tasting and agreeing.

The men serves the drink to the ladies who accompanies them, unless the butler does it. 

Glasses : the water glass is the largest on the left. The red wine glass is the middle one, the smallest white wine glass is on the right. Wipe your lips before drinking so you do not stain the glass.

If you do not want to drink wine, do not put your hand on the glass to refuse, but say “no thank you” to the server.

The bread is not eaten before the first course is served, even if you are very hungry !

Before starting to taste the dishes, wait until everyone is served. Exception : if you are many at the table, and your neighbors ask you to start. But for an appetizer or a cold dish, wait for everyone to be served.

If you made a mistake while ordering a dish, ask the server quickly if you can still change. If this is no longer possible, accept your mistake with a smile.

There are numerous dining utensils to know. Take it easy : start from the ones on the outside, and come back toward the center when a new dish arrives.

Always put small portions of food into your mouth, and eat slowly.

Start the conversation and look the others in their eyes to talk. This prove your sincerity and improve your charism.

Avoid your problems, drama, work, vulgarity or heaviness. Do not complain about everything (climate, cost of living, car breakdown, noisy neighbors, etc …). Be open, balanced, attentive, confident, cheerful. Prefer funny anecdotes, travel, art or great experiences. Do not show off with your culture, especially if your guests are not intellectuals.

Umbert and his friends love to talk and laugh. They are often numerous at the restaurant. They know however that it is necessary to speak with a moderate tone not to disturb the other clients.

Fortunately everyone knows perfectly the rules of etiquette so there is no disorder, and nobody is shocked !

When they need more wine, and they always do, they call the staff, saying “sir” without speaking too loudly, and without making big gestures.

If you have to leave the table for a few minutes, excuse yourself, you don’t have to say why. Place the napkin on your chair (USA only), or on the left side of the plate (Europe).

If someone in the restaurant recognizes you and stop by for a short talk, just stand up for a few minutes.


3) How to eat some dishes  

The salad should not be cut with a knife. Take your fork to fold the large leaves.

The oysters are eaten with elegance. It is necessary to take the shell in the left hand, to unhook the flesh with the oyster fork, and to suck it with the water from shell without making noise.

The omelet is cut and eaten only with the fork.

For soft fishes, use the fish cutlery. If the flesh is hard use the cutlery especially the knife.

Fruit pies can be enjoyed with the desert spoon. If a pie is made with puff pastry, you can use a dessert knife to keep it from breaking.

Chocolate cake can leave traces around the mouth. Remember to wipe your lips, especially before drinking, so you won’t stain the glass.


4) Leaving the restaurant

At the end the host asks for the bill, and pay it discreetly, or share with the other men. If there are errors, do not discuss them in front of the guests. 

The tip should be around 15%, more if the service was amazing or if you get special attentions and gifts.

As you leave, slide between the tables facing the next table.

On your way out thank the staff and compliment the manager, saying that it was delicious and you will come back.

On leaving, do not talk on the sidewalk making noise, people sleep around.

If a woman has come by taxi, or with her own car, accompany her. For the taxi, open the side door on the sidewalk for the woman. If you take it too, go around to get on the street side. 

If you take her home, wait until she has entered the building.

Call everybody the next day to thank for this amazing diner at the restaurant.


This is a lot of advices on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette, and more will come… 

Try to learn them step by step, so each time you go to the restaurant add one.

Don’t forget to check Umbert Weekends to find some cool spots.

What you should remember : it is very important to respect the new etiquette and good manners at the restaurant. Your guests will judge your education and savoir-vivre on this. Your reputation depends on it, and it is even more important for business lunches.


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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris