QUI N’AIME PAS PARIS? THE CULTURE. THE FOOD. THE MUSIC. THE FOOD. THE FASHION. THE ART.
WHERE TO STAY
Although it would be nice shack up in a suite at the Georges V, it’s not so necessary as I’m sure, like me, you will be spending most of your time exploring the city. The best place for young travelers on a budget to lay their heads is the Mije hostel. There are three townhouses located in the Marais district just minutes from Notre Dame, each housing young travelers looking to explore and connect. The stellar location is the main selling point of this hostel however compared to many others, the accommodations are plush and comfortable. Single rooms start at 49.00 Euros a night and for 30.00 Euros can share a group room. Breakfast is included so you can fuel up before you hit the streets.
WHERE TO GO
Just outside the city, a scenic train ride and a quick jaunt on a bus, is the city of Poissy. Here lies probably one of the most important pieces of architecture in the world, Villa Savoye. Completed in 1929, and way ahead of it’s time, it’s the masterpiece of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. The villa was originally designed as a weekend house, and the ultra contemporary design and structure is like any other from that era. As you walk through the house, the design elements are staggeringly avant-garde now let alone if you imagine yourself in the late-twenties when the house was built. This a great place to get out of the city for a half-day adventure and you can even bring a baguette and some cheese and lunch on the lawn and marvel at the architectural ingenuity.
WHERE TO SHOP
You should know this about me now as this recommendation is a biased one. Maison Martin Margiela is one of my favorite design houses. Everything from their clothing, shoes, bags and store decor is minimal yet avant garde and completely inspiring. The men’s store is pretty hard to find unless you have knowledge of the streets but once you find this holy place, for me at least, then you will realize why is was worth the search. Of course the prices are high but it’s less about buying and more about experiencing. If you appreciate high design then you will like what you see.
23 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France -01 40 15 06 44
Also, don’t miss the famous Goyard store and Parisian favorites, Givenchy & Christian Louboutin.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
Versailles is undeniable. It is opulent, gratuitously expansive and an eclectic history explosion. It is a very simple train ride from Paris and a short walk from the station once you arrive in the small town. You can buy a ticket and tour the palace and grounds, rent a golf cart, grab a bottle of wine and lay near the lake or even bring a bike. If you make it during on off season weekday you will be able to enjoy it at it’s best. The grounds are massive and can an entire day to navigate in it’s entirety but not to worry, the garden cafe serves a delicious burger and cold draft beer. A must on a hot day at Versailles, I’m sure Marie Antoinette did the same thing..
Get a bottle of your favorite french red at a passing wine shop and lay on the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. This always makes for an amazing moment.