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
Montmartre

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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Don’t go to the restaurant on a 1st date ! Try to find the Phantom of the Opera … (Vidéo & podcast)

 

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Today Umbert advises his friend Alexis, visiting Paris from Montecito in California, about dating.

Alexis thinks that French girls are tough regarding the dates, that’s why he looks for any original ideas.

The 2 friends think that the more original the place will be, the better chances Alexis will have.

They don’t want to look like random guys going in a random restaurant. 

They want something new, unexpected, creating a surprise them so the girl will have a crush on Alexis

That’s why Umbert advices Alexis to not go to the restaurant on a 1st date ! Try to find the Phantom of the Opera ….

 

« Paris is very small for those who love each other with such great love. », Jacques Prévert, French writter

« Paris est tout petit pour ceux qui s’aiment d’un aussi grand amour. » Jacques Prévert, écrivain Français

 

In this article :

1) Basic rules for a date

2) The restaurant

3) The cocktail or wine bar

4) Everything else is the best ! 

 

1) Basic rules for a date 

The first appointment should be in a neutral place, not late at night. Never at ones home.

Choose a refined place, quiet to talk.

The choice of the place is difficult because it is also very related to the habits of the protagonists and their intellectual level.

Try to find something close to where both of you live. You don’t want to have time for a lot of hesitations on your way home.

Avoid places where your friends are, or where you know everybody. Your princess wants the all attention. You want to be as natural as possible, and you won’t be if your friends or acquaintances are around.

If you haven’t met already, remember to mention a distinctive sign so you will recognize each other (color of your clothes for exemple)

 

2) The restaurant

This is one of the most common idea.

If you choose this one, try to find something original and chic.

You can choose a place with an all new experience. For exemple an Indian restaurant with a Bollywood decoration, and a very friendly staff. 

Another idea would be an ice restaurant, build with ice. 

The goal is to surprise her, and this place will be the topic to start the discussion.

Always stay with chic places, even if they are specials.

Fine dining are very old school, unless they organise a special and fun event. For exemple an oysters and champagne evening, or a thematic party.

A woman will always be flattered to be invited to a fine dining, but Umbert would keep this option for the second time. It will improve again the surprise effect, and also reassure her.

Don’t forget to check my article Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette (Video & Podcast) before going to the restaurant.

 

3) The cocktail or wine bar

Having a drink in a wine or cocktail bar, then dine elsewhere is a very good option.

At least, if something goes wrong, you’ll be on time to cancel the restaurant.

Choose an intimate place, with beautiful lights, perfect for the conversation. The candles highlight women, and make them feel confortable.

Avoid loud music and too much noise in general, it will stress you.

 

4) Everything else is the best !

Umbert likes to go for a picnic, in a calm and beautiful place. Women never expect you to organize such a thing. It is also a chic idea, that shows that you don’t want to show off, but are real, simple and sincere.

An other option that always work is to travel somewhere for the night. This means that you will have booked the tickets or the place before, but this is very exiting and you will have plenty of things to talk about regarding this short trip. If you are in Paris try some chic destinations like Deauville, Dinan or Biarritz on the coast. If you are in New York, the Bahamas for the night always works !

If she likes sport or culture, or both which is better, try to find an amazing event that you can do together. For exemple the escape game Inside Opera where you have to find the Phantom of the Opera, in the real Opera garner. This is fun, chic and amazing !

 

Umbert is sure that Alexis, who works in the movie industry in Los Angeles, will find great ideas. The French girls will have a crush on him for sure !

Now, dear Alexis, you have to pay the bill ! 

Love and romance are at every corner in Paris.

And Paris is a city where you can plan and imagine whatever original idea you want, so be creative … and she will kiss you !

Before going out on a date, read my article How to be a winner at the first date (Podcast & vidéo).

 

What must be remembered : never show off on a first date, be sincere, simple, chic and original. Spend time to find a very good spot to be a winner.

 

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How to spend the best October weekend ever in Paris (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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Umbert returns to Paris from the Venice Biennale, which is one of the most prestigious architectural events in the world. Umbert likes to discover futuristic designs. He has participated to a lot of conferences.

This month, you’ll discover How to spend the best October weekend in Paris.

October is one of the months when Paris is in full effervescence, because all hotels, restaurants, shops, exhibitions and other activities are always full. It is better to book well in advance.

 

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”, Albert Camus, French writer.

« L’automne est un deuxième printemps où chaque feuille est une fleur » Albert Camus, écrivain français.

 

 

In this article : 

1) Day 1

  • Check-in : Hôtel Alfred Sommier
  • Brunch : Crabe Royal
  • Shopping : J.M. Weston, Lipault, Maille, Daniel Lévy
  • Hairdresser : Coiffirst
  • Diner : Lucas Carton
  • Cocktail : Andy Wahloo

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants : Café Pouchkine
  • Exhibition : Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières
  • Brunch : Astier
  • City tour : Mondial Paris Motor Show, Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, FIAC, Rolex Paris Masters
  • Diner : Café de la Paix 
  • Show : Chicago au Théâtre Mogador
  • Cocktail : Le Serpent à Plumes

3) Day 3

  • Brunch : Plaza Athénée
  • Exhibition : Miró au Grand Palais
  • High tea : Hôtel Meurice

 

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

1) Day 1

  • Check-in 
Hôtel Alfred Sommier, 20 Rue de L’Arcade 75008 Paris

A prestigious hotel awaits Umbert, in an elegant Haussmanian building, property of the Sommier family since the 19 th century. The historical decoration, and the latest technologies, make it the place to be.

Hôtel Alfred Sommier, 20 Rue de L’Arcade 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Before going out, tidy your room up. That’s how we recognize an educated person.

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00 
Crabe Royal, 19 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

New Place de la Madeleine, a restaurant dedicated to the tasting of the famous Kamchatka Royal Crab, fished since 1870 off the coast of Alaska. This exceptional variety of crab is the most popular in the world for the delicacy of its meat, full of marine flavors. Umbert and his friends love this casual atmosphere.

Crabe Royal, 19 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Etiquette : If the crab is husked it is eaten with a fork and a knife. If it is not husked, you have to use the crab claw after breaking it in 2. The server will be happy to explain.

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00 
J.M. Weston, 1/3 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

J.M. Weston : These shoes are handmade in France to ensure an absolute comfort. Umbert advises the famous moccasins but also the Derby, the Cambre boot and the Basket. J.M. Weston, 1/3 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Lipault, 8 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Lipault : Jean-Paul Gaultier, famous French stylist, signs the winter collection of the brand, specializing in luggage and leather goods. The tennis stripes are on the outside and a surprise is waiting for you inside. The leather is extensible. Lipault, 8 boulevard de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Maille, 6 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Maille : A boutique full of charm, and lot of advices to choose your mustard. The truffle mustard is a delight ! Maille, 6 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Daniel Lévy, 3 rue du Cirque 75008 Paris

Daniel Lévy : The excellence of tailored shirts. High quality materials, unique shirts tailored to your personality and silhouette. Daniel Lévy’s approach is the one of a passionate. Daniel Lévy, 3 rue du Cirque 75008 Paris by appointment  : contact@daniel-levy.fr

Galerie de la Madeleine, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Before finishing your shopping, Umbert invites you to discover the Galerie de la Madeleine, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris. Built between 1840 and 1845, the 2 façades and the glass roof are magnificent.

Etiquette : Before trying some shoes, it’s important to check the cleanliness of the shoes you wear, as well as the socks, which is a sign of respect for the sellers.

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Coiffirst, 52 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris

This month Umbert decides to discover a hair salon which has received the prize of the most beautiful hair salon in France, and it is not a legend ! An unforgettable moment for your eyes and your hair. Let yourself be guided by an expert hairdresser.

Coiffirst, 52 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Do not hesitate to do a quick shampoo at your hotel before going to the hairdresser. It’s a mark of respect for the staff.

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Lucas Carton, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, but also one of the first gourmet restaurants. Umbert chose the Duck Foie Gras & Cherries and the Rhubarb Lobster from the Chausey Islands. Enjoy the Majorelle decor from the late 19th century. A gastronomic moment  !

Lucas Carton, 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

Etiquette : Umbert always thinks of asking his guests their preferences for the wine. If a guest is vegetarian : do not panic, just choose a light-bodied wine, perfect for the vegetables.

  • Cocktail 23:00
Andy Wahloo, 69 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris

A mysterious address, and a decoration that mixes Pop Art and Orient. Umbert and his friends enjoy the exceptional “Old Fashioned” cocktail, and especially enjoy the Parisian night … !

Andy Wahloo, 69 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris 

Etiquette : If you drink a cocktail with a straw, stop before the end to make no noise with the bottom of the glass.

 

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 12:00
Café Pouchkine, 16 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

A real curiosity ! Umbert likes to have breakfast in this beautiful and warm 18th century setting. It is also the temple of gastronomy before starting a day full of emotions. Enjoy the many pastries, croissants and pain au chocolat.

Café Pouchkine, 16 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Never drink coffee with the spoon in the cup. It must remain on the plate.

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 75011 Paris

Umbert had a breathtaking experience during this “immersive exhibition” as he walked through the paintings of Gustav Klimt, with the sound of the waltzes in Vienna. More than 3000 moving images, and characters coming out of frames. A fairytale and magical universe to find Klimt and the women, the gold and the Viennese artists, as well as the spirals of Hundertwasser which are the link between the birth and the death.

Gustave Klimt & Hundertwasser à L’Atelier des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 75011 Paris (until 11/11/2018)

Etiquette : During interactive exhibitions, do not run or talk loudly. To participate does not mean to gesticulate !

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Astier, 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris

Atmosphere and recipes of the old times, in this restaurant, with red checkered tablecloths, to sample grandmother’s chicken soup with foie gras, and the famous Astier special rum baba. A delight !

Astier, 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris

Etiquette : Only the waiter holds the bottle of wine by the bottom to serve it. If he doesn’t, hold the bottle by “the body” to pour the wine into the suitable glass.

Le Baigneur, 5 rue de la Folie Mericourt 75011 Paris

Leaving the brunch, Umbert goes to the most hip Parisian men’s health shop. A soap maker creates organic soap without palm oil, shaving soaps for dry skin, oils for beards, in plastic-free packaging. Don’t miss it ! 

Le Baigneur, 5 rue de la Folie Mericourt 75011 Paris

City tour 16:00-18:00

This month of October, Humbert advises you on these prestigious events.

Mondial Paris Motor Show : This year, this event brings together the world of cars, motorcycles, mobility and technology, with a test circuit for electric and hybrid vehicles. Mondial Paris Motor Show au Parc des expositions 1/2 Place de la Porte de Versailles Paris 75015 (from 10/04/2018 to 10/14/2018)

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 75018 Paris

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre : Very Parisian, this festival celebrates wine and gastronomy, and this year also Peace. Shows, tours, fireworks and exhibitions in a party atmosphere. Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 75018 Paris (from 10/10/2018 to 10/14/2018)

Festival International d’Art Contemporain FIAC au Grand Palais et au Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris

Festival international d’art contemporain FIAC : Modern art, contemporary design, the best of the artistic creation since the beginning of the 20th century. The facade of the Grand Palais will be illuminated every evening at 7pm. Umbert recommends the exterior sculptures of the Petit Palais and the works in the Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde. Festival International d’Art Contemporain FIAC au Grand Palais et au Petit Palais, avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris (from 10/18/2018 to 10/21/2018)

Rolex Paris Masters de tennis : For the tennis fans, the prestigious indoor tournament, to admire the best world players. Rolex Paris Masters de tennis au Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 8 Boulevard de Bercy 75012 Paris (from 10/27/2018 to 11/04/2018)

Etiquette : There are many participants in these events. You have to adapt your behavior to the place and to the general atmosphere. Respect the environment : do not throw papers, bottles, tissues on the floor, use the trash displayed everywhere.

  • 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 gold everywhere, facing the flamboyant Opéra-Garnier. Umber orders the famous croque-monsieur !

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

Etiquette : The croque-monsieur is eaten with a fork and a knife, not with the hands.

  • Show 20:00 – 23:00 (liens affiliés)
Chicago au Théâtre Mogador, 25 rue Mogador 75009 Paris

The 1920s in Chicago, prohibition, jazz, passion. Umbert had discovered this musical on Broadway in New York, but he loved seeing it again in Paris, always amazed by the choreography and history.

Chicago au Théâtre Mogador, 25 rue Mogador 75009 Paris 

Etiquette : If you know the songs, do not sing them, even very low, your neighbors prefer the singers on stage.

  • Cocktail 23:00
Serpent à Plumes, 24 Place des Vosges 75004 Paris

This very Parisian cocktail bar has a surprising mix of the 1970s and Aztec statues. Other surprises : a jacuzzi under the stairs, or the possibility of buying pajamas to continue the party ! A kitsch and chic spirit for an amazing and explosive place. Umbert and his friends will sleep late in the morning, an habit in Paris …

Serpent à Plumes, 24 Place des Vosges 75004 Paris 

Etiquette : In this place where the party is at its maximum, do not forget to respect the others and the place.    

 

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Do you know why 1,900 red geraniums decorate the front of the hotel ? This is the testimony of the love story between Jean Gabin and Marlène Dietrich. The Plaza is a haute couture hotel where luxury is in the details, and not in extravagance. The hotel is a flower paradise in spring and summer. Umbert enjoy an amazing brunch with his friends in this amazing place !

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : The party has finished late ! Drinking water seems necessary. Flat or sparkling water? Ask what is your friends preference, knowing that the sparkling water gives more flavor to the food.

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00 
« Miró, la couleur de mes rêves »  au Grand-Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris

Miró, the color of my dreams”. “For me a painting must be like sparks. It must dazzle as the beauty of a woman or a poem “Joan Miró, Catalan painter, 1893-1983. This is how Miró describes his work and 70 years of creation in a poetic and colorful universe. You will discover around 150 works. 

« Miró, la couleur de mes rêves »  au Grand-Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : If you don’t like an exhibition, do not criticize speaking loudly. Leave or continue without saying anything.

  • High tea 16:00
Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Cédric Grolet, elected “Best Pastry Chef of the World” in 2017, creates this sumptuous tea time at the Dali restaurant in the Meurice hotel. Under the sumptuous Art Nouveau glass roof, in plates signed Bernardaud, you will taste the white chocolate tart and pear, the lemon cookie, the coffee tart. Umbert can only say one word : amazing ! 

Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris 

Etiquette : When you eat, do not raise your elbows, they must remain close to the body.  

 

Umbert hopes that these tips will help you to spend The best October weekend ever in Paris. You will remember Paris for a long time, and we hope you’ll come back soon for new discoveries. 

Next month, Umbert will share another unforgettable weekend in the City of Lights.

What to remember : Paris is a city where the diversity of places you go to is vast. It’s important to follow the etiquette tips to act like a gentleman and a real Parisian.

 

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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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How to be a winner at the first date (Podcast & vidéo)

 

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Umbert’s friend Alexandre looks for a fiancée and asks for advices on How to be a winner at the first date if he meets a pretty girl, and asks her for a date. 

Umbert is a man to whom his friends like to confess. Politeness and friendship have a rule : never tell another person the confidences made by a friend.

Today he meets Alexandre at the Café de Flore in Paris.

Umbert explains that pretty girls are difficult to seduce, and they pay attention to the etiquette and good manners, so it is important to follow his advices.

After meeting the “right person”, here is the second crucial moment : the date.

It is also the second difficult part, because everything will have to be in fineness and elegance.

 

“You’ll never have a second chance to make a good impression,” David Swanson

« Vous n’aurez jamais une seconde chance de faire une bonne impression », David Swanson

 

In this article :

1) General rules for a date

2) The date at the restaurant 

3) The conversation during the date

 

1) General rules for a date

Simplicity is key. Be yourself, lying is a waste of time, she will discover who you really are anyway.

The smile is the number one asset of seduction. Be friendly and charming.

The one who makes a woman laugh will be ahead of the one who floods her with to many compliments.

Have physical, moral and intellectual elegance.

Highlight your qualities. For example, your success in an industry or a sport. There may be other contenders, so put all the chances on your side. Whether you are beautiful, intelligent, rich or the opposite, girls like success. Do not show off with your money, car or house. Make yourself appreciate for yourself, it’s important for the future.

Before the appointment, you can think of a few topics. A man who does not know what to say will have no chance to please.

Avoid at all costs the vulgarity, the “heaviness” in the behavior, and don’t do too much, or say too much.

In all cases avoid personal problems, excessive development, and focus on the interest of the other.

I you are open, balanced, attentive, confident, cheerful …. !! Then everything will be fine.

2) The date at the restaurant

  1. Arrive in advance . Never be late to the first appointment, it would be a huge and gross mistake. If it happens contact her as soon as possible to let her know, she will really appreciate. And don’t try the « sorry I’m so busy … », she wants you to be busy by her !  
  2. Personal items shouldn’t be on the table (sunglasses, phone, keys etc …). This is a table for you and her, not yours.
  3. Turn off your phone !
  4. Get up when the woman arrives to greet her.
  5. If you’ve never met and are disappointed : do not show it, you will not see again.
  6. Find a sentence to welcome her, delicate, kind without doing too much. A compliment on her outfit and elegance will always be appreciated. A little shyness does not hurt or at least a little reserve.
  7. Never sit down first. The bench is always reserved for ladies. If there are only chairs, think of pulling the woman’s chair, unless the butler does it.
  8. When you sit down to table, immediately put your towel on your legs, without waiting for the dish.
  9. Start the conversation and look her eyes to talk.
  10. It is the man who places the order at the Maître d’Hotel and chooses the wines, after having asked the woman if his choice suits her. Do not look at the neighbors’ plate at another table to make your choice.
  11. The man serves the drink to the woman who accompanies him, unless the butler does it.
  12. Before starting to taste the dishes, wait until she is served.
  13. 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).
  14. If someone in the restaurant recognizes you and stop by for a short talk, just stand up for a few minutes.
  15. At the end, the man asks for the bill, and pay it discreetly. If there are errors, do not discuss them in front of her.
  16. On your way out thank the staff and compliment the manager. She will be sensitive to your politeness.

You can also read my article Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette.

If all went well, ask for another date more original … You will find a good idea … !

You can take inspiration from Umbert’s monthly weekends, where you will find the latest perfect spots.

3) The conversation during the date

  • The Dos :

Ask her about her tastes, her life. (be careful, not on the intimate things).

Listen. Women love being listened to. Be attentive so she feels confident.If she speaks about her problems, listen, advise, but at least you will not have started. Give her always right … only for the first date of course !

Do not let the silence settle. It’s a disaster. Know how to re-engage the conversation with simple topics : news, travel. Be careful : no politics or religion ! No subject that make people arguing strongly.

Accept her opinions and speak calmly.

Unveil yourself, but not too much. Mysterious people always create curiosity in others, and always attract …

  • The Don’ts :

No drama, neither positive nor negative.

Do not talk about all your life, or do it briefly, without starting from childhood. Only mention happy and positive moments.

Do not flood the conversation of stories about your work, and especially with technical terms. Some funny anecdotes will be much more appreciated.

Do not show off with your culture, especially if your guest is not an intellectual.

Do not complain about everything (climate, cost of living, car breakdown, noisy neighbors, etc …).

Do not immediately talk about all the problems in your life (breaks, illness, loss of work, difficult children …). You would give a lamentable first image.

 

Alexander now feels reassured by Umbert’s advices on How to be a winner at the first date. They respect the New etiquette and good manners.

Umbert wishes Alexandre good luck, and offers to see him again if he needs further advices.

What should be remembered : feel confident and keep in mind that simplicity and smile are key. Never lie, she will find out.

 

Quiz : Register to my blog to get regular Quiz and learn more about the New Etiquette.

 

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris