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


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 

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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Umbert August Weekend in Paris (Vidéo)



“Every street, every stone, seemed to be only for us. We were alone on earth, in Paris in August “, Charles Aznavour, French singer


As in the song and film “Paris in August”, Umbert wants you to enjoy Paris and the charm of the “City of Lights”.

Not everything is closed, and above all everything is accessible !

Umbert enjoys terraces, gardens, a boat on the Seine and a motorcycle adventure …



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.

Day 1


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.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : if you have already stayed at an hotel, you can ask by booking the room number that you like so much.


Brunch 14:00-16:00 

Umbert enjoys the terrace and beautiful people on the famous Avenue Montaigne. An ideal moment to let time slip between friends, and sharing an excellent bottle of fresh rosé wine.

L’ Avenue 41 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : a man always asks his female guest if the choice of wine suits her.


Shopping 16:00-18:00

A little tipsy, Umbert wanders along Avenue Montaigne, looking for a unique piece in haute couture boutiques.

Dior : the famous haute-couture shop presents a men’s collection with sleek and young design. Christian Dior said : “Real elegance is everywhere, especially in what is not visible”.  Dior Homme 24 rue Francois 1er 75008 Paris

Yves Saint Laurent : The Saint Laurent look remains timeless from costume to shoes. Umbert admires the decoration of the shop reminiscent of the “Art Deco” style. Yves Saint Laurent 53 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : if you drop a clothe, it should be picked up unless the seller is near you and does.


St Dupont : Umbert chooses Marilyn Monroe’s favorite lighter, Jackie Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart, and a fountain pen to rediscover the taste and chic of writing. St Dupont 58 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Vuarnet : Umbert has tried Mick Jagger’s 02 mount, the 06 worn by Alain Delon, and Daniel Craig’s “Glacier” model in “Specter”.  He chose the 03 model created in 1960 and worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie The Big Lebowski. Vuarnet 28 rue Boissy d’Anglas 75008 Paris

Caron : Umbert now enters the sacred world of Caron perfumes. The perfume flows from crystal fountains. In 1934 was born the mythical “For a Man” and the choice is difficult : it will be “The 3rd Man” more racy. Caron 23 rue François 1er 75008 Paris

Etiquette : knowing how to perfume is an art. A perfume is put on the wrists and in the hollow of the elbows, to keep all of its aroma.


Hairdresser 18:00-19:00

Cercle Marc Delacre : Umbert goes to his fetish care center for a moment of relaxation that includes cutting, shaving and facials.

Cercle Marc Delacre 17 avenue George V 75008 Paris

Etiquette : let the hairdresser create for you, or be precise on your desires, he will accept your choice.


Dinner 21:00 – 23:00

The garden and the terrace of the Hotel Bristol are very green, with an excellent French cuisine. Umbert follows the men’s dress code recommended by the management : smart and casual outfit, mandatory jacket, tie not mandatory but preferable. For a gift : a tea set for two from the unique “Histoire Naturelle” collection of birds and butterflies hand painted on Limoges porcelain.

L’Epicure, Hôtel Le Bristol 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris

Etiquette : a linen jacket is ideal for this restaurant in the summer. To be even more chic, choose a printed suit pocket, be careful pocket and tie must be different.


Cocktail 23:00 

A splendid view, the calm of the Kleber Avenue in August, Umbert joins friends on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel, for a tasting of the cocktail menu and lots of laughs.

The Península 19 avenue Kleber 75116 Paris

Etiquette : if the choice of the cocktail is difficult, ask the waiter or tell the bartender to compose it according to what you like.

Day 2

Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 11:00

The freshness of the interior garden of the Plaza Athenee hotel is so pleasant in the summer … Umbert decides to have a quiet breakfast while browsing through the latest fashion magazines.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : you can cut the croissants in half, spread a portion of butter, jam, honey as and from the tip.


Exhibition 12:00 – 14:00

The exhibition “In the Tune with the World” follows two complementary paths : “Man in the universe of life” (Humans in the universal living) & the second plunges the viewer into the world of Japanese artist : Takashi Murakami.

Au diapason du monde, Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris (until august 27th 2018)

Etiquette : when entering the different rooms, say hello to the guards, but do not ask them to explain the works, it’s not their job.


Brunch 14:00-16:00

Umbert chooses to have a quick lunch on the spot, admiring the greenery of the Jardin D’Acclimatation.

Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris

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


City boat tour 16:00-19:00

Unexpected moment, Umbert joins his friends Diane and Emma for a tour on the mythical Riva boat of the 1960s, to discover Paris from the Seine : champagne on board !!!

Paris Luxury Boat, contact Laurence ( 06 60 16 00 79)

Etiquette : there is an aperitif on the boat : do not throw anything in the Seine, it’s good to preserve our planet.


Dinner 21:00 until late …

Tonight will be a festive dinner with all Umbert friends remained in Paris. To continue the evening, they will enjoy cocktails at the bar L’Herbarium on the roof-top. All the charm of the roofs of Paris.

Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers 243 rue Saint Martin 75003 Paris 

Etiquette : 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.

Day 3

Coffee & Croissants 11:00 – 12:00

The party continued late into the night, as often in Paris. Umbert decides to have a quick breakfast at the hotel.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Etiquette : when you go to the buffet, take each time a clean plate, the staff will get rid of the one who served.


City moto tour 13:00-16:00

Umbert wants to enjoy the summer and chooses a very original experience to visit Paris, its history and its secrets. How ? Equipped with a vintage helmet, it takes place on board in an authentic sidecar driven by a Gentleman Sider, after choosing the formula that suits him.


Etiquette : know how to listen to the explanations of the guide, do not cut the word especially by saying “me I …”


High tea 17:00 

The weekend ends in his favorite place in Paris. Ideal time before taking the plane, the Ritz Hotel terrace. “The Ritz is the ultimate step before paradise,” said E. Hemingway. French Tea Time, in the luxurious setting of this amazing place. Madeleines, a typical French pastry, served before the Melba Peach, and the tray of 3 floors filled with old-fashioned biscuits. Not to mention the “exceptional tea”. Advance reservations required.

Hôtel Ritz 15 place Vendôme 75001 Paris

Etiquette : do not cut a hot toast yourself. Ask the server to cut it in half.


Summer is ending and already the images and emotions are jostling … September will be rich in discoveries and events, Umbert will make you love the beginning of autumn in Paris.

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Umbert July Weekend in Paris (Vidéo)



“Paris is a little paradise on earth. From all my loves, Paris is my favorite”, “Paris c’est sur la terre un coin de paradis. Paris, de mes amours, c’est lui le favori”, Joséphine Baker


On Saturday June16th at 15:00, 60 drivers from around the world are waiting for the green flag, which launches 24 hours of thrills and passion on the legendary Le Mans circuit.

Umbert has been part of those vibrations for a fierce battle.

Sunday 17 June 15:00, it’s over ! Umbert is waiting for the cup to be presented to Fernando Alonso before joining Paris for the monthly weekend he shares with you.

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.

Day 1


The new, young and trendy place, including the hotel, a bar area, a restaurant, as well as a magnificent terrace. This former 18th century mansion is listed as a historical monument, but the rooms are treated in an “arty” style. The idea is not to feel in a hotel but in a place of life. Hôtel The Hoxton 30/32 rue du Sentier 75002 Paris 

Etiquette : the staff will appreciate your thanks. Tipping is also a way of saying "thank you". The tip shout be around 5 euros for the porter, 5 euros for room service, 10 to 15 euros for the concierge.

Brunch 14:00-16:00 

Umbert loves to go back to his former gym Le Klay, and especially to his restaurant, where a young and chic clientele like to hang out and laugh. Le Klay Saint Sauveur 4 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris 

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


Shopping 16:00-18:00

Umbert loves walk the neighborhood in search of unusual shops and trendy items. He advises you :

  • noyoco : the Paris cloakroom unisex, with an eco-responsible collection, bio, or recycled by reusing the fabrics of major fashion houses. Very chic, simple, fresh. noyoco 9 rue Commines, 75003 Paris
Etiquette : do not call when entering a store, look at the staff and say hello.


Hairdresser 18:00-19:00

“I dreamed of settling in a lively, authentic neighborhood,” said Christophe Robin. That’s done ! This intimate and refined salon offers wonderful hair care. A pure moment of relaxation for Umbert. Christophe Robin 16 rue Bachaumont 75002 Paris

Etiquette : do not forget to cancel the appointment if you cannot come.


Dinner 21:00 – 23:00

On the roof of the Palais de Chaillot, a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. A 1930s café style. Very chic and Parisian, ideal for the fireworks of July 14th, or to admire the sun set over Paris, drinking with friends. Le Café de L’Homme Palais de Chaillot 17 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre 75016 Paris

Etiquette : which glass to choose? 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.


Cocktail 00:00 

Balagan : perfect to have cocktails in a very central and chic neighborhood. Very friendly staff. Balagan 9 rue d’Alger 75001 Paris

Etiquette : let your female guest choose her cocktail, then order it.

Day 2

Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 11:00

After a Parisian night that ends late as usual, Umbert loves to relax at Angelina, and enjoys croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries, coffee, tea or the famous hot chocolate in a sumptuous decor “Belle Epoque”. All the historical charm of Paris in the same place. Angelina  226 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Etiquette : the butter should not be spread on a slice of whole bread. You must first cut a piece of bread with your hands, and put in a little butter before eating. 


Exhibition 12:00 – 14:00

A unique exhibition that includes a selection of Claude Monet’s late works, including the famous Nymphéas, and American artists such as Pollock, Rothko, Newman. The unexpected meeting of French Impressionism and American Abstract Expressionism. L’abstraction américaine et le dernier Monet (jusqu’au 20 Aout) L’Orangerie Place de la Concorde 75001 Paris

Etiquette : do not stay too long in front of a work if there are many people. Sit on a bench to watch and enjoy it.


Brunch 14:00-16:00

Umbert now joins his friends for a lunch on the terrace, facing the Louvre. Inventive and healthy cuisine. Umbert always orders the fish of the day or vegetarian dishes constantly reinvented. Le Fumoir 6 rue de l’Amiral de Coligny 75001 Paris 

Etiquette : if you eat a soft fish, use the fish cutlery; if the flesh is hard use the cutlery especially the knife.


Shopping 16:00-19:00

Original or traditional shops of the famous rue Cambon and Saint-Honoré attract Umbert who invites you to discover them.

  • nous : an all-for-male universe specialized in streetwear, high-tech, watchmaking. The chic street-culture is also present with skateboards, unique pieces, adorned with photos of Araki, Warhol or Basquiat. nous 48 rue Cambon 75001 Paris

  • Maison Michel : Umbert tries hats, caps, models “André, Rico or Charles”. This shop provides fashion designers : Chanel, Saint Laurent. Not to mention the hat brushes and the famous hat boxes. Maison Michel 22 rue Cambon 75001 Paris

Etiquette : the choice of a perfume is delicate. Seller's advices are valuable. The criteria are : your age, your style (sporty, natural, sophisticated), your fashion style and your place of life, the time of the day.


Dinner 21:00

Colonial and cozy spirit, imaginative Thai cuisine, terrace and greenery in Paris. Happiness and a festive evening for Umbert and his friends. He loves Bamboo, and the atmosphere is such that he never wants to leave the place, and ends the night comfortably sitting in an armchair while enjoying cocktails. Bambou 23 rue des Jeuneurs 75002 Paris

Etiquette : it is the man who places the order to the server. The man has to wait for the woman to start eating first.


Day 3

Brunch 12:00 – 14:00

Under the arcades of the Napoleon courtyard at the Louvre, one of the most mythical settings in Paris, with an exceptional view of the Louvre pyramid from the shaded terrace. One of the favorite places of Umbert who likes the mixture between the history of France and the modernity of the place. Café Le Marly 93 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Etiquette : 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.


Exhibition 14:00-16:00

Umbert loves French culture and is looking forward to this wonderful exhibition. In association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 180 works help to understand the career of Eugene Delacroix, sometimes unknown. This exhibition shows what inspired and directed him. Eugène Delacroix  Musée du Louvre 2 Place du Carrousel cour Napoléon 75001 Paris 

Etiquette : instead of taking pictures, you can buy the book at the shop of the exhibition.


High tea 17:00 

The interior garden of the hotel is a zen and magic place before leaving Paris. A fountain, a tree suspended by red ropes over the water according to a Japanese tradition, birds. An invitation to a refined and gourmet exoticism. Le Camelia at Hôtel Mandarin Oriental 251 rue Saint Honoré 75001 Paris

Etiquette : it is useless to lift a finger while drinking your tea, this is very old style ... Do not leave the spoon in the cup, place it on the plate.


Summer is not over .. luckily ! The month of August is a privileged moment in Paris, Umbert will enjoy the calm, and discover new places that he will share with you.

As a bonus, Umbert offers you the first chapter of his French Etiquette training when you register for this Blog. 

In the meantime, to receive upcoming videos, podcasts, new articles, or all of this regularly updated training, subscribe to the YouTube channel, podcasts on iTunes or directly on this Blog.

Bon voyage !

Umbert de Paris

Umbert June Weekend in Paris (Vidéo)



« Paris is the capital of divine temptations », « Paris est la capitale des divines tentations » Zoé Valdés Romancière

Umbert returns from the CANNES festival, the largest film event in the world. The stars, in famous designer dresses, have walked the famous red carpet behind Cate Blanchett president of the jury.

Umbert’s grandparents were on the same steps in March 1954, while Jean Cocteau was president of the jury.

Her grandmother in a long black dress, silver bodice, her grandfather in gala dress and white gloves.

The magic of Cannes is always present, the emotions too …

Umbert shares with you his June Week-end in Paris, and helps you discover the newest and very chic hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hairdressers, shows and exhibitions in the City of Lights, as well as his French étiquette advices.


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.

Day 1


1910, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, was inaugurated the hotel Lutetia which offers to Parisian its magnificent facades Art Nouveau. The Lutetia will become the cultural center of the left bank, not to mention the proximity of the first department store “Au Bon Marché”. In 1930, the intellectuals were there : Hemingway, Saint Exupéry, Beckett, they made this place the center of the literature in Paris. 1950 : the jazz years give a new vibe. 2018 : after 4 years of renovation, the magic is still alive, the palace is reborned and Umbert is one of the first guests to stay in its sumptuous rooms. Hôtel Lutetia 45 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

Etiquette: if you arrive or return late to the hotel, 
customers are already sleeping:

- Do not talk with your friends in the hallway

- Do not slam the doors

- Lower the sound of the TV.


Brunch 14:00-16:00 

To escape, during lunch, the agitation of the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Umbert likes the interior courtyard of Ralph’s, where the water fountain murmurs. It is a parenthesis of elegance and refinement. Inside, a cozy atmosphere, an opulent Ralph Lauren decoration, very comfortable, a background of Sinatra music, remember the time of the Oak Room at the Plaza in New York. Umbert recommends lobsters, crab cakes or Saint Germain burger, while tasting selected wines. Ralph’s 173 boulevard Saint Germain 75006 Paris

Etiquette : enter and wait for the butler to place you.


Shops & hairdresser 16:00-19:00

“The cathedral of modern commerce” already wrote Emile Zola about this first store, founded in 1838. Umbert starts a shopping session and discovers the 100% French brands that Parisian loves :

  • Commune de Paris 1871 : a strong identity for this brand dedicated to the new dandy, sophisticated and a little insolent.

  • Balibaris : casual-chic trend, clean design, easy to wear.

  • Isabelle Marant : exclusives for man from the world famous designer for Le Bon Marché.

  • Guerlain : Umbert has his own perfume custom made. An exclusivity at Le Bon Marché : choose your fragrance, the color of the bottle, its size, the color of the engraving, as well as the ribbon. As a gift a travel bottle. Umbert recommends the perfume “Voyou D’Arsène Lupin”.

– Umbert takes advantage of the presence of the polisher to refurbish his « Richelieu ». Only shoe polishers of Paris have the art of maintaining with quality products.

Umbert takes the opportunity to go to the barber and hairdresser La Shaperie . It begins with the “Bullfrog” beard oil treatment, and the “Triumph and Disaster” moisturizer, which is an exceptional product.

Le Bon Marché 24 rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris

Leaving Le Bon Marché Umbert goes towards the shops of Saint Germain-des-Prés, and particularly :

Fusalp : in 1952, the Fusalp brand launched its ski outfits, highlighting the French elegance, with a sleek, slender, yet sporty line. Fusalp will be a partner of the French Olympic Ski Team from 1964 to 1972. The summer 2018 men collection, whose waterproof material has just been created in collaboration with the NASA, goes from light jackets to polos, and stays in the tradition of casual-chic style. Fusalp 155 bd Saint Germain 75006 Paris

L’Egoïste : created in front of the Atlantic Ocean, these clothes have a quirky chic design, and the “preppy” style of France west coast. Boutique Bernardin 9 rue des 4 Vents 75006 Paris

Etiquette : before entering a shop, hold the door to people coming out.


Dinner 21:00 – 23:00

In 2015, Hélène Darroze is honored “World’s Best Woman Leader” in the « World’s best” ranking. For her, cooking is a family affair, Hélène Darroze being the 4th generation of restaurateurs. She selects products from France south west with care. Umbert loves the oysters, the Kristal caviar, the southwest foie gras, the Landes asparagus and the lobsters from Britany. At the end, he savored the vintage Armagnacs preserved by the family. La Salle à Manger Hélène Darroze 4 rue D’Assas 75006 Paris

Etiquette : 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.


Cocktail 23:00 

A cozy decor, with brick-walls, a library, which charms the international clientele of Saint-Germain. Umbert loves their cocktails, especially the “Mazarin” specialty with champagne and red berries. Jazz atmosphere on weekdays, and a DJ during Friday and Saturday  from 10pm to 4am, for a clientele of dandies and pretty girls. Prescription Cocktail Club 23 rue Mazarine 75006 Paris

Etiquette : the champagne alone is drunk with great sips, the cocktail is sipped.


Day 2

Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 11:00

In 1855, the store “Les Deux Magots” becomes a café and keep the same name. « Magot » means “Far East figurine”. On the inside wall are 2 statues depicting Chinese mandarins from the time when the store was selling silk goods. Picasso, André Gide, André Breton will make this place famous. One of the oldest cafes in Paris,  always attracting the world of arts, literature and fashion. Les Deux Magots 6 place Saint Germain des Prés 75006 Paris 

Etiquette : when you drink coffee or tea, do not leave the spoon in the cup. When you're done, put the cup and spoon on the little plate.


Exhibition 11:00 – 14:00

The exhibition not to be missed, thanks to its originality. It’s a revolution ! Can a robot create a piece of art ? What is the place of artificial intelligence in the artistic creation? An interactive tour and thoughts on “Robotic art”. Artists create algorithms and robots, which themselves create the work that is released. The work becomes a spectacle always varied and different, and the artificial intelligence interacts with the environment where the work is created. The exhibition shows us that the human body and its intelligence are already obsolete. Artists & Robots, Le Grand Palais 3 rue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris

Etiquette : do not criticize loudly the works if you don’t like them. Say it in a low voice or go out.


Brunch 14:00-16:00

Then Umbert enjoys a delicious sea meal at this fish and seafood bistro, where the cuisine smells the sea and fishing ports. A marine, fresh, chic and Parisian decoration. Bistrot de Marius 6 Avenue George V 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : to eat oysters with elegance, it is necessary to take the shell in the left hand, to unhook the flesh with the oyste fork, to suck it with the water from shell without making noise.

City tour 16:00-19:00 

On a beautiful Parisian day, Umbert decides to walk the streets of Saint Germain, where each address, each angle has a story. He dwells on :

  • Chanut bookstore : old books specialist. 41 rue Mazarine 75006 Paris

  • La Chambre aux Confitures : offers a large choice of homemade jams with local products from France. 20 rue de Buci 75006 Paris

  • La Maison des Millésimes : where Umbert selects each season the best Bordeaux shipped directly where he wants them. 173 boulevard Saint Germain 75006 Paris
Etiquette : when visiting a church, please respect the place. It is better to not speak out loudly.


Dinner 19:00 – 20:00

Located right in front of tonight’s theater, Umbert chooses a young and casual place, where he will find small dishes to share with his friends, for a light dinner. Hotel des Grands Boulevards 17 Boulevard Poissonnière 75002 Paris 

Etiquette : do not put elbows on the table while eating.


Show 20:00 – 23:00 

The show is in English. You love Paris but you think that Parisians are … different? You are completely right ! Do you need help to understand Parisians? Do not wait and come to the training approved by more than 500 000 spectators ! Olivier Giraud will teach you everything you need in Paris ! After the show, you’ll act like a real Parisian in every situation encountered during your trip : taxi, metro, restaurant, shop, night club… Enjoy a night out in the heart of Paris surrounded by Parisians and a multicultural audience ! How to become a Parisian in one hour, Théâtre des Nouveautés 24 boulevard Poissonnière 75009 Paris 

Etiquette : in private theaters the tip is 3 to 5 euros.


Cocktail 23:00 

For tonight last drinks, Umbert chooses an address full of history. Jim Morrison, Grace Kelly and Liza Minelli loved this place, which became legendary because of Oscar Wilde, who spent hours there, under the name of Sebastian Melmoth ! Mick Jagger used to share the rounded banquette with his friends. Jonny Depp or John Penn also have their habits. Jane Birkin honors the place with regular visits. Le Bar de L’Hotel 13 rue des Beaux-Arts 75006 Paris 

Etiquette : the fruits in decoration are not to be 
eaten unless they are presented on a skewer.


Day 3

Brunch 13:00 – 15:00

One of the biggest Parisian brunch, served in a lounge that opens on a terrace and an indoor garden. Umbert loves this casual-chic brunch arranged with several buffets : breakfast, cold buffet, hot buffet, barbecue, sweet buffet. Le Fouquet’s 46 Avenue George V 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : to call the staff, say "sir" without speaking too loudly, and without making big gestures.


City tour 15:00 – 17:00

Umbert takes the time for a walk to visit the 8th district. He enters at No. 24 rue Boissy d’Anglas to discover “The Royal Village », a small street created in 1725 that has kept all of its charm.

He then goes outside to the Royale street to visit the Madeleine Church where he can admire the work that began in 1763 and lasted 85 years … because of the political changes. Inside, he admires the monumental organs.

Then he stops at number 3 of the Place de la Madeleine, where the chocolate artist Patrick Roger does amazing chocolate sculptures ! Surprising ! He will bring back a gourmet gift to his friends. Patrick Roger 3 Place de La Madeleine 75008 Paris  

Etiquette : on the sidewalk, the lady is always walking by the wall, and the man on the other side.


High tea 17:00

The “taste of feast”, the tea-time of the palace is a unique tasting moment, taken in the winter garden that opens on the main courtyard. Umbert chooses the menu “Moment of Relaxation” which allows to taste the “Croque Monsieur”, followed by pastries and travel cakes. The Paris-Brest Peanuts is divine ! Among a large selection of teas, the “Pu’er Tonka » is a grand cru, accompanying divine chocolate pastries like Le Lupor. Le Jardin D’Hiver, Hôtel de Crillon 10 Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : pastries are served and eaten with a knife and a fork. The biscuits can be soaked with fingers in the coffee, not in the tea. The dessert spoon is used 
to eat fruit pieces.

The summer beginning was charged with emotions for Umbert : culture, sport, visits and gastronomy. Next month he will share with you July great moments …

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Umbert May Weekend in Paris


Umbert has just landed in Paris on the Air France 65 flight from Los Angeles, having spent a weekend in the Californian desert at the Coachella festival, a must-see moment of music shared by people from all walks of life.

The month of May in Paris allows you to enjoy the cafes and terraces, but also to stroll in the French capital, in search of the most unusual shops, the best hairdressers or spas, the most beautiful cultural events, without forgetting to savor the French gastronomy and its joie de vivre.

Umbert will share with you this glamorous-chic weekend, and will not forget to share the perfect advice on French etiquette.

Umbert wishes you the most wonderful stay in Paris.


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Day 1

Check in

Umbert choses to stay in an old 18th century mansion, a new hotel designed by Dorothée Meilichzon. The entrance is through the porch which preserves the calm of the residence, and allows one to admire this magical place which represents all the charm of Paris, in the pure style of the Age of Enlightenment. Hotel des Grands Boulevards 17 Boulevard Poissonnière 75002 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 14:00-16:00

Directions to the Grand Palais, 10 minutes by taxi, for an exceptional event : Taste of Paris. About twenty famous Parisian chefs wait for you, in their small restaurants, installed in a prestigious setting. The idea is to taste many small dishes (prices between 5 and 12 € each) to discover the specialties of each. This year, for the first time, 9 pastry chefs will be present. Do not miss this unique gourmet appointment … From May 17 to 20 2018. Lunch from 11:30 to 16:00. Taste of Paris at Grand Palais 3 Avenue General Eisenhower 75008 Paris 

Etiquette: On your way out, thank all the employees saying it was delicious.


Hairdresser 18:00

It’s time to get ready for the evening. Umbert is going to one of his favorite hairdressers. Guests come from all over the world to discover, in an apartment of a 17th century mansion, a luxurious and relaxing hair / beauty area, where David Mallet presides. He has worked with the greatest creators and photographers, before opening this living room decorated with antiques and retro furniture. The appointment lasts 1 hour for an exceptional service. It is strongly recommend to book in advance. David Mallet 14 rue Notre Dame des Victoires 75002 Paris

Etiquette : the tip for the staff is usually 10 to 15% of 
the bill.


Dinner 20:00

Umbert likes to go out and taste all the pleasures of Paris. After having dressed for the evening at the hotel, direction L’Oiseau Blanc. Near the Arc de Triomphe, located on the rooftop of The Peninsula Hotel, this elegant restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, featuring fine French cuisine, original dishes and famous menu “The Black Truffle”. The White Bird celebrates the pilots of the First World War with a unique collection of aviation-related memorabilia. In the heart of the city of light, an exceptional gastronomic moment. L’oiseau Blanc at Hotel Peninsula 19 Avenue Kléber 75116 Paris 

Etiquette: the man always enters first to hold the door, 
and the woman passes before to follow the butler.


Cocktail 23:00

What would Paris be without a night out ? Hopefully the roof-top of Hotel National Des Arts et Métiers will be open, otherwise it’s time for cocktails at The Herbarium. A new place of life, very Parisian. The idea is to mix smell and taste, to try a totally personalized cocktail, that can combine herbs, flowers and spices. A captivating place with these subtle and unknown flavors, in a sublime setting that involves an eclectic clientele. L’herbarium at Hotel National des Arts et Métiers 243 Rue Saint Martin 75003 Paris

Etiquette: crisps, peanuts or canapés are to be enjoyed 
with the fingers, and one by one.


Umbert only travels by taxi to enjoy the architecture of the most beautiful city in the world. Tonight, on the way home, the illuminated spectacle of the city, leaves him dreaming … will he return to live in Paris … he does not know …

Day 2

Coffee & croissants 10:00

Umbert likes to get up early to enjoy Paris. So coffee and hot croissants await at the Grand Café Tortoni. “The dandy world, shaved and combed, lunch up to 2 hours with a big noise, then flies in patent boots” So Alfred de Musset, French poet, in 1830, described the Café Tortoni. Now, in the Marais district, enjoy a tasty coffee as part of an old-fashioned boutique. Café Tortoni 45 rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris.

Etiquette : in France, you can dip the croissants in the 


Shop 10:00

The shopping begins at the Officine Universelle Buly in the Marais district. This “house of care, beauty and perfume” created in 1803 is a pure moment of happiness. Rare products are presented in a precious wood decor, Italian marble and antique tiles. Body creams, facial oils (baobab, mimosa, rose), alcohol-free perfumes, incense from the monks of Mount Tabor in Greece, everything will be explained to you in detail. Accessory items : boar hair brushes, horn combs or sandalwood. A magical place for aristocrats … Officine Universelle Buly 45 rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris 

Etiquette: if you do not want the advice of the sellers, 
you can decline nicely.

Umbert then strolls through historic the Parisian streets in search of treasures : clothes, décoration, architecture …


Exhibition 12:00

Like any Parisian dandy, Umbert loves culture. Today he chose Mary Cassatt : « An American in Paris ». Considered the greatest American artist in her lifetime, Mary Cassatt lived 60 years in France. Spotted by Degas, she exhibited with the group of French impressionists. Traveling between France and the United States, her work reflects the dualism of cultures. The exhibition brings together an exceptional selection of works loaned by the largest American and French museums. From March 9 to July 23 2018. Mary Cassat at Jacquemart-André Museum 158 Bd Haussmann 75008 Paris 

Etiquette : the works are made to last, it is not necessary to touch them, nor to photograph if it is forbidden.


Brunch 14:00

Traditional French cuisine, how chic! This afternoon it will be Brasserie Thoumieux. Classic of French cuisine since 1923, it is a very Parisian moment, in a typical early 20th century setting : red velvet benches, Lalique crystal. Brasserie Thoumieux 79 rue Saint Dominique 75007 Paris 

Etiquette : an omelet is cut and eaten only with the fork.


Town tour 16:00

Umbert has now chosen to stroll, but with an original ride aboard, a mythical French car, the 2CV, driven by a driver-guide in pure Parisian style. « 4 Roues Sous Un Parapluie », « 4 Wheels Under An Umbrella » is a company specialized in the discovery of Paris. It is strongly recommended to book in advance. 4 Roues Sous 1 Parapluie

Etiquette : remember to tip, 10 € looks good.


Dinner 19:00

Tonight Umbert is having dinner early, because the show is at 20:00. He choses Le Grand Café Capucines, close to the theater. Created in 1875, it is the legendary Parisian brasserie, in a unique “art nouveau” setting, with oysters, lobster, seafood platters and traditional French dishes. Le Grand Café Capucines 4 boulevard des Capucines 75009 Paris 

Etiquette : the woman sits on the bench, and the man on the opposite chair.


Show 20:00

Time for the show ! Tonight Umbert embarks for Chicago … 1950 : We are at Rydell High School where Sandy, a new student, finds her summer love Danny. On a background of rock music, their emotions have touched thousands of spectators since its creation in 1971. The troupe is excellent. All in a theater that belongs to the Parisian heritage. From September 17 2017 to July 08 2018. GREASE at the Mogador Theater 25 rue de Mogador 75009 Paris 

Etiquette: during the show, it is impolite to speak, 
comment or sing.


Cocktail 23:00

Umbert now joins a lively neighborhood in the evening, near Montorgueil. Especially a place, Experimental Cocktail Club, a very Parisian atmosphere with its exposed beams and stone walls. This is one of the best cocktail menus in the city. A must-see place. Experimental Cocktail Club 37 rue Saint Sauveur 75002 Paris 

Etiquette : eat the olives with the finger or a spade. The core is to be deposited in a cup or ashtray.

Day 3

Brunch 11:00

Sunday morning Umbert wakes up late, the French are well known for their evenings that end in the early morning … so it is a late brunch that awaits him at the Café de Flore. A legendary café in Saint Germain des Près, in an elegant and elitist atmosphere. An unavoidable place where Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir came to philosophize. “We were home at The Flore” said Sartre. This café remains one of the most famous in the world. The perfect place to be an actor and spectator on the terrace. Café de Flore 172 boulevard Saint Germain 75006 Paris 

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


Town tour 13:00

Place Vendôme : King Louis 14 wanted a grandiose place to symbolize royalty. The Emperor Napoleon 3 made it a jewel of classical architecture. Umbert takes advantage of his last Parisian moments to visit the high place of creation in the world. After having admired the facades of the mansions of the Place Vendôme, Umbert admires the elegant jewelry showcases of the rue de la Paix in the direction of the Opera Garnier. What beautiful memories … Place Vendôme 75001 Paris 

Etiquette: If you meet a celebrity, do not stare at her, 
and take a picture only with her permission, especially if 
she has a bodyguard !!


High tea 15:00

The weekend ends in his favorite place in Paris. Ideal moment before taking the plane, the Proust Salon of the Ritz Hotel. “The Ritz is the ultimate step before paradise,” said E. Hemingway. French Tea Time, in the luxurious setting of a library stocked with Marcel Proust’s books. On a superb central table, hold the famous Madeleines, a typical French pastry, served before the Melba Peach, and the plateau of 3 floors filled with old-fashioned biscuits. Not to mention the “exceptional tea”. A pure moment of happiness “in search of lost time”. Advance reservations required. Salon Proust at Hotel Ritz 15 Place Vendome 75001 Paris 

Etiquette : do not blow on tea to cool.

This amazing weekend is ending, full of wonderful souvenirs, heading to Orly airport and the French Riviera. Fortunately, Umbert will return to Paris next month, for one more unforgettable weekend.

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