After practicing meditation at Nalanda Gompa monastery in Bhutan, Umbert joined Ura Monastery to participate for 3 days in Ura Yakchoe festival.
The villagers wear Buddhist Monks’ sacred masks to sing, dance, and celebrate Guru Rinpoche, The Second Buddha.
The month of May in Paris is promising, spring is here, Umbert is sharing new places.
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“To offer lily of the valley on the first of May is to offer happiness for the whole year.” French proverb.
Young & beautiful people at the Hotel des Grands Boulevards. You will find such a young crowd in this hotel, in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Paris. Umbert chooses 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.
Budget: from 189 to 391 euros per night
Etiquette: when arriving at the hotel until 6 pm says « Bonjour Madame or Monsieur,” and after 6 pm “Bonsoir Madame or Monsieur,» in French, it is not difficult.
- Brunch 2 pm
Umbert joins his friends to tell them about his experience in Bhutan. At Klay Saint Sauveur, they take advantage of the green terrace in the heart of Paris and discover the Super Bowls which change according to the seasons.
Budget: around 37 euros
Etiquette: Before telling a story about yourself, ask your friends if they are well and do not talk about you too long unless you are asked questions.
- Shopping 3 pm
Umbert begins shopping at the Lanvin store. The combination of checks and stripes, sober colors like purple and gray are very successful. Umbert loves the 3 D printed jacket, very modern and comfortable to wear.
The man and the woman are the mirror of each other in the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2019 collection. Umbert does not stand up to the Hawaiian cotton shirt printed with monsters, black in color.
A look inspired by the cowboys of the 70s. Saint Laurent presents a collection rich in embroidery and original colors. Umbert decides to complete.
Budget: boots 1395€.
Balenciaga combines new technologies and glamor to present high collar shirts, trousers with 3 sidebands, and especially very square shoulders. Umbert likes to complete
The new Balmain flagship is grand. Umbert discovers the space dedicated to the man at the top of a marble staircase. This brand is making a comeback.
Etiquette: The fashion Spring-Summer 2019, involves a choice of shoes that are difficult to choose: sneakers, boots, derbies, leather or fabrics? What color? It is better to seek advice from the seller without being ashamed of not knowing. Do not forget to compliment him at the end.
- Organic cosmetic shop 5 pm
Marseille soap has certain virtues, totally ecological and biodegradable, it is very soft for the skin. Umbert buys his soaps in the shop “From Marseille and elsewhere” He listens to the fascinating story of the origin of this soap. He uses “The Basic” which is washing and moisturizing and the “Saug” stimulating and soothing. Leaving Umbert visits the passage of Grand Cerf which is one of the most beautiful of Paris.
Budget: The Basic: 5 euros, Saug ‘: 11 euros
Etiquette: An original gift made in the country you visit will always be appreciated, but you should never say the price.
- Hairdresser 6 pm
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 most celebrated creators and photographers, before opening this living room decorated with antiques and retro furniture. The appointment lasts 1 hour for exceptional service. It is strongly recommended to book in advance.
Etiquette: the tip for the staff is usually 10 to 15% of the bill.
- Dinner 8 pm
A “Piaf” is a small bird in Parisian slang. The Piaf is also a restaurant/cocktail bar to find the atmosphere of the mythical Parisian nights. Umbert tasted The delicious Foie gras from Piaf, then the Duck Magret sauce with honey and rotten raspberry carrots 30 €.
Budget: The delicious Foie Gras from Piaf 19 €; Duck Magret sauce with honey and rotten raspberry carrots 30 €.
Etiquette: When you sit at the table, immediately put your unfolded towel on your knees, without waiting for the first dish. The towel never slips in the neck except for special meals.
- Cocktail 11 pm until late
After dinner, Umbert descends the stairs to continue an unforgettable evening at the cocktail bar. Red velvet banquettes, a dark atmosphere, the party continues late with live music and cocktails.
Budget: cocktail 15 €
Etiquette: If there is a lot of noise, do not shout to talk, it’s useless. Lean towards your interlocutor, it will be more effective and more appreciated.
- Coffee & Croissants 10 am
A 100/100 homemade breakfast, with a sumptuous buffet; Umbert likes to have lunch at the Grands Boulevards Hotel. He loves excellent coffee.
Budget: breakfast 30 €.
Etiquette: The order of the coffee requires knowledge of the different names: espresso, coffee, coffee, elongated coffee, coffee with milk. If you hesitate, ask the server for explanations without waiting too long. Think of other customers
- Exhibition Noon
The Louis Vuitton Foundation offers a unique opportunity to discover the most beautiful French paintings. “The Courtauld collection – the party of Impressionism,” brings together works that belonged to Samuel Courtauld, which are exhibited for the first time in 60 years. Umbert likes Manet’s “bar aux Folies-Bergère.” The colors, the realism, the softness are striking.
Budget: 16 euros.
Etiquette: When you get in the taxi that takes you, after greeting the driver, you can ask him to open or close his window according to the indoor and outdoor temperature.
- Brunch 2 pm
One of the most beautiful terraces of Paris for lunch under the sun of May. Umbert and his friends choose the restaurant Le Coq. Pierre orders a lamb navarin “it’s spring,” Marie a vegan yellow curry, Umbert a beef tartare from Aubrac.
Budget: navarin: 26 euros, vegan curry: 25 euros, tartare: 23 euros.
Etiquette: A steak tartare is eaten with the fork and the knife, the pieces are cut just before eating. The tartare in France cannot be consumed with mayonnaise.
City tour 4 pm
A breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower in a vast green space in Paris. After lunch Umbert and his friends walk to the Warsaw Fountain, which offers a magnificent show of water jets. The sculptures are also splendid: the golden horses, the bull’s head, the Man according to Traverse and the Woman of Bacqué.
Etiquette: If you like to walk a long time, ask your friends if they are not tired and if a walk makes them happy.
- Dinner 7 pm
Umbert lives an unforgettable experience: Ducasse Sur Seine. The 100/100 electric cruise ship of the famous chef Alain Ducasse, sails on the Seine for 2 hours, to discover the City of Lights, the monuments, the quays, the islands. The cruise “Starry Night” allows you to taste culinary creations. The boat leaves at 8:30 pm, but it is recommended to arrive between 19 pm and 20 pm.
Budget: Starry night 4 courses with wines: 250 euros, 5 courses with wines: 290 euros. Paris is a party: VIP party: 500 euros.
Etiquette: To take pictures at night with a flash, it must be checked that it will not interfere with other participants.
- Cocktail 11 pm until late
Umbert now joins a lively neighborhood in the evening, near Montorgueil. A special 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.
Budget: Cocktail 14€.
Etiquette: eat the olives with the finger or a spade. The core is to be deposited in a cup or ashtray.
- Brunch 11 am
Umbert begins a new day of discoveries in the cozy setting of Café Plume. A beautiful library furnished with old objects, a majestic staircase that goes up to the first floor, “bridge” armchairs and chandeliers. Umbert admires the Louvre from the balcony. He chooses for brunch, a sweet power bowl, and a marinated beef wok.
Budget: 24.50 euros.
Etiquette: If you invite friends to the restaurant, get up discreetly at the coffee time to pay the bill.
- Exhibition 1 pm
We are in 1200 BC, the Hittite empire is mighty and dominates Anatolia. The exhibition “Forgotten Realms. From the Hittite empire to the Arameans “allows us to discover the sites of this very ancient and little known civilization. Umbert is very impressed by the restored sculptures at the Tell Halaf site.
Budget: 17 euros on the internet.
Etiquette: Very old and restored statues are fragile, do not touch them.
- High tea 4 pm
The weekend ends in his favorite place in Paris. An 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 traditional biscuits. Not to mention the “exceptional tea.” A pure moment of happiness “in search of lost time.” Reservations required.
Budget: Royal tea à la Française (with champagne) 88€.
Etiquette: do not blow on tea to cool.
- The cool stuff
Why not enjoy the stay in Paris for an immersion in the French language and culture? Ceetiz offers to begin a French course for beginners or confirmed for 45 minutes at the famous Café de Flore. The teacher then takes you to discover Saint-Germain-des-Prés, for 45 minutes, always speaking French according to your level. This is an original, informative experience that you will tell your friends back.
Budget: 50 euros
Etiquette: If you do not understand a word or phrase in French, tell the teacher “excuse me, I do not understand” but never “I’m sorry.” And in French of course!
This fantastic weekend is ending, full of beautiful souvenirs with lovely friends. Umbert is now heading to Orly airport to the French Riviera. Cannes, the glamour, the stars, and fantastic movies wait for him. Fortunately, Umbert will return to Paris next month, for one more unforgettable weekend.
What to remember: April in Paris is the beginning of spring. It is time to enjoy the lovely terraces and amazing walks all over the city. Don’t forget to follow Umbert etiquette advice to act like the locals, and have a real French experience.
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