The best February weekend in Paris (vidéo & podcast)


Umbert joins Paris after participating in the International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême (France).

His favorites were: Batman celebrating his 80th birthday and the Taiyo Matsumoto retrospective devoted to childhood.

It is now time to spend a festive weekend with his best friends in Paris.

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  • Best methodology to become irresistible
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  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

« The trip is the part of the dream. », Xavier Roy Photographer.

« Le voyage c’est la part du rêve. », Xavier Roy Photographe.

In this article :

1) Day 1

  • Check-in: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Brunch: Café des Musées
  • Shopping: Isaac Reina, Le Slip Français, Saint James, Pied de Biche, Bonne Gueule, Merci
  • Organic cosmetic shop: Huygens
  • Hairdresser: Kare Hair Stylist
  • Diner: Le Train Bleu
  • Cocktail: Danico

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Exhibition: Japon-Japonisme-Objects Inspired
  • Brunch: Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine
  • City tour: Champs-Elysées
  • Diner: L’Ambroisie
  • Show & Cocktail: 38 RIV

3) Day 3

  • Brunch: Georges
  • Exhibition: The Cubism
  • High tea: Le Dali

4) The cool stuff

  • A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski

1) Day 1

  • Check-in
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

In the heart of the Marais district, Umbert chose this address to appreciate the charm and the discretion of this place, full of history, on the oldest site of Paris. Umbert and his friends like to chat in the living room of the restored hotel, in front of the big fireplace, forgetting the time.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00
Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris 

The best beef bourguignon in Paris! Umbert doesn’t hesitate to recommend this dish to his friends. The dish simmers 5 hours according to a traditional recipe: a real bistro and a family kitchen.

Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00
Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris 

The motto of Isaac Reina is: “Keeping the essentials: the function” Umbert finds that by choosing men’s bags of pure and natural beauty. He likes Model Number 909, the perfect bag for the weekend.

Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris 

All underwear for men gathers in this fantastic shop: underpants, boxers, pajamas, socks. The choice is vast, the colors and the motifs are inventive. Umbert chooses boxers “Marius Quatro.»

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France 

You will be sexy and so trendy with a striped sweater and a hat like sailors.

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

For comfort and elegance, Umbert loves to put on shoes with city sneakers. The model with leather upper is perfect for walking on pavers, or in the countryside, and combines with many types of pants.

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

The line “Bonne Gueule” offers casual clothes, adapted to the current lifestyle. Humbert also looks at the Hast brand for shirts and also recommends this shop for the advice of the vendors.

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris 

Umbert likes the idea that this concept store gives back some of the benefits to support the cause of Malagasy women and children. In addition to the decorative objects and clothes, there are various rare and exclusive pieces.

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

  • Organic cosmetic shop 17:00-18:00
Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris 

The commitment of the brand is to respect the man and the environment according to very demanding criteria — no tests on animals, biodegradable or recyclable packaging. Umbert particularly appreciates the possibility of choosing its tailor-made products, prepared for you according to your choices. The range “Belle Gueule” for men is lovely.

Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

Umbert practices sporting activities in the magnificent “Le Klay” room and goes to the “Kare” hairdressing salon, which opened in this prestigious setting. It is a “bubble where to relax” as Jérémy Fromentin, the manager, rightly says.

Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris 

A real palace that was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. In 1963, the restaurant took the name “The Blue Train” in tribute to the famous train of the same color that went from Paris to Ventimiglia in Italy and the very chic French Riviera. Salvator Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Brigitte Bardot have breathed these magical places. Umbert has selected: home-cooked foie gras, leg of lamb, rum baba.

Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris  

  • Cocktail 23:00
Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

After crossing the Daroco restaurant, Umbert and his friends sip delirious cocktails listening to the rhythm of the 80s funk. Jean likes the “Kota Termate,” a mix of 3 rums. “Camille” is a cocktail without alcohol composed of beet juice and coconut water. Umbert is tempted by “For You Barman.”

Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants (at the hotel) 10:00 – 12:00
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Discreet and elegant, steeped in history, the breakfast corner invites you to the relaxation and indulgence. The pancakes are amazing, the scrambled eggs too, the jams and the honey are delicious — what an excellent time to start an intense Parisian day.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019) 

In 1867, Japan participated for the first time in a world exhibition. Japanism became an artistic movement in Europe. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is dedicating this exhibition to more than 1500 objects during 150 years of history. Umbert appreciated the mix of tradition and modernity that inspires the presentation of objects.

Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019)

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris 

Umbert trains his friend Alexandre in this chic bistro to discover the Provencal frog legs or veal blanquette casserole. For dessert the crêpes sauées Suzette. A stop of happiness for gourmands.

Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris

  • City tour 16:00-18:00

“In the Champs-Elysees, in the sun, in the rain, at midday or midnight, there is everything you want at the Champs-Elysees” sang Joe Dassin (French singer).

An architecture-oriented walk will allow you to discover “the most beautiful avenue in the world. »

Umbert recommends admiring the 19th-century facades:

Guerlain House

At number 68, the Guerlain House: you have to enter to discover a magical world of luxury and tradition. Why not be tempted by a traditional “Habit Rouge” eau de toilette or the perfume “L’Homme Idéal L’Intense. »

At number 74, the Claridge Gallery.

Cartier House

At number 154, the Cartier House is in a beautiful mansion; you will admire the interior decoration and crystal chandeliers.

Arc de Triomphe

A visit to the Arc de Triomphe allows to see all Paris and to have an unforgettable souvenir.

At number 133, a historic address, the Drugstore-Publicis, commercial space symbolic of the years 1958. You will find there everything you need.

Louis Vuitton store

At number 101, the largest Louis Vuitton store in the world. The art-deco facade and the interior structure of the store are an invitation to travel and discoveries.

Artcurial building

At the Champs Elysées roundabout, stop in front of the Artcurial building, and take the time to admire the details.

Umbert hopes that this Parisian and fantastic walk seduces you.

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00
L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris 

This private address is a place steeped in history and traditional cuisine. Umbert advises langoustines with sesame, wild turbot with shallots and for dessert a light tart with bitter cocoa.

L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

  • Show & Cocktail 20:00 – 23:00
38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris 

In a 12th century cellar is an intimate jazz club. The program is varied and eclectic, and it changes every week. While sipping a cocktail, it’s the soul of the music that you have to discover. Paris is famous for its jazz cellars.

38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris 

From the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre you will have an incredible view of Paris. Enjoy snails and spicy lobster pasta in this theatrical setting.

Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00
Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019) 

Cubism is a decisive moment in the history of modern art. John Golding, an art historian, defines it as “a way of approaching the new world.” Braque, Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, lead us into this universe that will change modern painting.

Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019)

  • High tea 16:00
Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris 

Cédric Grolet, elected “Best Pastry Chef in the World 2018” offers unique and delicate creations. Umbert enjoyed the pepper sandwich and his friend Astrid the “Paris-Brest” absolutely divine.

Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

4) The cool stuff: learn how to draw with a French artist

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

“I’ve spent my life learning how to draw like a child” Pablo Picasso.
Beginner or advanced, Lytfa teaches you the art of drawing according to your personality. She provides all that you need, and you can choose a theme or let Lytfa guide you. Classes are with a group or private, contact Lytfa for an appointment. Dare to draw and create like a child!

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

Umbert hopes you will enjoy this beautiful weekend in Paris.

Next month he will make you discover other amazing places in this fantastic capital.

What you must remember: It is essential to know some rules of life, especially in France, to adopt a chic attitude. Umbert’s advice helps you all year long.

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Bon voyage!

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

 

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Umbert returns quickly to Paris for September, after having participated in the opening of the 44th Festival of the American Cinema of Deauville.

Umbert loves this time of the year when Paris comes back to life after the long break of the summer.

He likes to listen to his friends who tell him about their many trips and long weekends during the vacations.

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

 

“Paris, come to invite me in your arms, I would like to dance my Paris of September”, from “Paris in the month of September” Jean-Claude Pascal, singer

“Paris, viens m’inviter dans tes bras, je voudrai danser mon Paris du mois de septembre”,  Jean-Claude Pascal, chanteur

 

 

In this article : 

1) Day 1

  • Check-in : Hotel Le Bristol
  • Brunch : Le Cabana Café, Hotel Plaza Athénée
  • Shopping : Balibaris, éclectic, Atelier Baudin
  • Hairdresser : Gentleman 1919
  • Diner & Cocktail : La Maison Blanche

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants : Hotel Le Bristol
  • City tour : Les « Puces «  de Saint Ouen
  • Brunch : Mob Hotel
  • Diner : Bar de L’Entracte
  • Show : Crazy Horse
  • Cocktail : Le 1905

3) Day 3

  • Brunch : Minipalais, Grand Palais
  • Exhibition : Les Impressionnistes à Londres, Petit Palais
  • High tea : Hotel Le Bristol

 

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1) Day 1

  • Check-in 

Umbert likes to stay at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris. This palace offers the best service, savoir-vivre and Parisian elegance. The hotel is a reference of the French art-de-vivre. From the entrance until your room, personalized and smiling welcome is always a pleasure.

Hotel Le Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint- Honoré 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : When arriving at the hotel until 6pm say « Bonjour Madame or Monsieur”, and after 6pm “Bonsoir Madame or Monsieur », in French, it is not difficult.

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00 

The Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles in Paris ? Yes it is possible this summer ! The Plaza Athénée, in association with the Californian palace, has installed a superb ephemeral terrace in the heart of Paris. Green, white, pink, color, cheerfulness ! Umbert and his friends enjoy imaginative dishes from the Beverly Hills Hotel, in a chic and casual atmosphere.

Le Cabana Café, hôtel Plaza Athénée, 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : 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. 

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00 

éclectic : Winter is coming, so Umbert will choose a coat and a jacket in this specialized shop, which proposes timeless clothes, mixing the traditional know-how and the high-tech materials for an absolute comfort. éclectic, 17 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris 

Balibaris : A young and casual style for clothes that evokes the elegance of Steve Mc Queen. Umbert loves the knit ties they sell from the beginning of this brand. Balibaris, 11 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris 

Atelier Baudin : Custom glasses. Face shape, colors, materials, everything is studied by this craftsman who will make a unique model for you. Atelier Baudin, 38 rue de Penthièvre 75008 Paris  

Etiquette : The proposed colors do not please you, it doesn’t matter. It is useless to make unpleasant reflections to the seller. Ask another advice with a smile.

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00

Umbert takes you to a surprising place ! Hairdresser, barber, but also a cocktail bar hidden at the end at the back. Everything is of high quality in this unusual place for gentlemen. 

Gentleman 1919, 11 rue Jean Mermoz 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Before asking for a dye for your white hair, if you have any, talk with your hairdresser. Grey hair is sexy and terribly fashionable.

  • Diner & cocktail 20:00 until late …

Umbert enjoys dining with his friends on the rooftops of Paris. This is possible on the terraces of the Champs-Elysées theater, facing the illuminated Eiffel Tower, in this excellent restaurant. The “Terrasse George V” or the “Terrasse Montaigne” offer quality dishes. Every Saturday, a crazy DJ will make you dance at “Club Montaigne” until the end of the night.

La Maison Blanche, 15 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : The flutes or champagne glasses are held by the foot, to not warm it.

 

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 12:00

Why not taking advantage of the calm of the magnificent terrace of the Hotel Le Bristol to have breakfast ? Umbert loves this chic place, with refined service. An exceptional breakfast made by one of the best chefs in Paris.

Hotel Le Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint- Honoré 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Before you start eating, check that your friends are already served. The rules of etiquette are valid also for breakfast.

  • City tour 12:00-14:00 

The flea market of Saint-Ouen, with its 15 markets are essential during the weekends of Paris in September. In order to not get lost, Umbert shows you his favorite places …

Biron Market : This market includes 220 antique dealers who offer art objects from 18th century, and  furnitures from Art Deco and the Far East. Umbert really likes the lightings. Marché Biron, 85 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen.

Paul Bert  Market : This is a place where all eras and styles mix. Umbert finds this market ideal for “shopping” as do collectors around the world. Marché Paul Bert et Serpette, 110 rue des Rosiers et 96 rue Paul Bert 93400 Saint-Ouen.

In the same street check “My discoveries” where you can find old stuff in a very good shape, especially advertisements.

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen 93400 Saint-Ouen

Etiquette : Bargain is normal at the “flea market”, but it must be done with elegance and respect. Staying courteous and calm is the most effective way to lower the price.

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00

Umbert and his friends go to the Mob, or Maimonides Of Brooklyn, in the heart of Saint-Ouen, a new place of life that mixes organic cooking, cinema, literature and travel. On the rooftop : a vegetable garden where the inhabitants of the district cultivate aromatics. The motto of the restaurant is to take care of yourself and your body. The new trendy place of Saint-Ouen !

Mob Hotel, 4 rue Gambetta ( at the corner of 50 rue des Rosiers) 93400 Saint-Ouen

Etiquette : The manager will be sensitive to your compliments regarding this new concept. Promise him to come back with your friends during your next stay in Paris.  

  • City tour 16:00-18:00

After this trendy lunch, Umbert takes us to the place he loves at the Saint Ouen flea market.

Serpette Market : The best known by the worldwide decorators. Umbert walks in the aisles to discover silver dinnerware, mirrors, Art Deco furnitures, and special jewelry. To make an incredible gift to Diane, he goes to the Olwen Forest boutique (aisle 3 booth 5-6-7) to pick a Joseff of Hollywood creation that imagines the jewelry from Greta Garbo’s films, Marlene Dietrich, or a necklace Coco Chanel. Sharon Stone and Ben Harper are also fans of this market. Marché Serpette, 110 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen.

The shop”Chez Sarah” is perfect to make a gift to Diane. Umbert is gonna choose a dress from 30’s. Chez Sarah, 18 rue Jules Vallès 93400 Saint-Ouen.

Etiquette : Old objects are rare and often fragile. You have to handle them gently.

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00

Umbert loves to dine in this restaurant with the decor of a theater, created by Jacques Garcia : red and gold colors, portraits of actors on the walls to enjoy a traditional cuisine.

Bar de L’Entracte, 6 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : 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.

  • Show 20:00 – 23:00 

Umbert and his friends feel “Totally Crazy” at the Crazy Horse, with a show that once again highlights the beauty of the woman, with breathtaking lights. A must-do for Parisian nights.

Crazy Horse, 12 avenue George V 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : Do not comment on nudity during this show. It’s really vulgar and completely has been.  

  • Cocktail 23:00

This is the hidden bar of the Marais district. You have to find on the right of the restaurant “Vins des  Pyrenees” a narrow and dark staircase to discover a speakeasy with leather sofas, a refined decoration and a vegetal terrace. Umbert chooses “Zelda” or “Paris is a party”, original and delicious cocktails. 

Le 1905, 25 rue Beautreillis 75004 Paris  

Etiquette : The cocktail menu is long and the choice is difficult. You can ask the mixologist to choose for you. He will be flattered !

 

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00

A huge terrace in the heart of Paris, old columns, a superb mosaic floor for this restaurant that represents the Parisian art-de-vivre. Umbert still tastes the famous chocolate cake with coffee ice cream. 

Minipalais, 3 avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris  

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

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00 (liens affiliés)

The Impressionists in London : The war with Prussia in 1870 forced artists settled in France to take refuge in the United Kingdom. The exhibition presents arts created along the Thames or in London. Testimonials bring visitors from Paris to London to live this unknown artistic exile. 

Les Impressionnistes à Londres, Petit Palais 9 avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris (until 10/14/2018)  

Etiquette : If you know art well, do not make too long comments to respect the other visitors who won’t have your culture.

  • High tea 16:00

Umbert often invites his friends to this authentic Parisian palace to have tea under crystal chandeliers, admiring the old tapestries. The “full tea” formula allows you to taste raspberry or lemon tartlets, and to choose organic teas or specially created teas for the Hotel Le Bristol.

Hotel Le Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint- Honoré 75008 Paris 

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

 

Umbert hopes these tips will help you.

It is always difficult to leave Paris. So many memories, gifts and photos to share with your friends when you return. Umbert is already preparing the month of October and many surprises await you. Do not be sad and come back soon to see us !

On 09/30/2018, if you are still in Paris, do not miss the grand parade of the most beautiful cars in that will parade at the Tuileries, on the Place de la Concorde, in front of the Grand Palais and the Champs Elysees.

 

What must be remembered : the French are very attached to the respect of their etiquette and their culture. It is important to inform you, in order to facilitate your trip and live incredible moments with the locals.

 

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris