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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.
1) Day 1
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.
Etiquette : Before going out, tidy your room up. That’s how we recognize an educated person.
- Brunch 14:00-15:00
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.
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : email@example.com
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
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.
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
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 !
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
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 … !
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
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.
Etiquette : Never drink coffee with the spoon in the cup. It must remain on the plate.
- Exhibition 12:00-14:00
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.
Etiquette : During interactive exhibitions, do not run or talk loudly. To participate does not mean to gesticulate !
- Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
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 !
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.
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 !
- 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 : 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 : 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
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 !
Etiquette : The croque-monsieur is eaten with a fork and a knife, not with the hands.
- Show 20:00 – 23:00 (liens affiliés)
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.
Etiquette : If you know the songs, do not sing them, even very low, your neighbors prefer the singers on stage.
- Cocktail 23:00
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 …
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
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 !
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, 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.
Etiquette : If you don’t like an exhibition, do not criticize speaking loudly. Leave or continue without saying anything.
- High tea 16:00
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 !
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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Bon voyage !
Umbert De Paris