Last month, I visited Paris for the launch of Huawei P30 Series ( the P30 and P30 Pro smart phones with a camera like I’ve never experienced).
I spent a frantic few days in the city visiting old favourites – including a visit to Notre Dam before the fire for which I will be forever grateful.
I was given a Huawei P30 Pro to road-test while in Paris and the “P” must stand for photography because the camera in this handset has set a new bench mark (take a look at the art I printed from my shots HERE)
Words don’t do the super powers of this camera justice – the detail that it captures is truly astounding.
There is no definitive guide to Paris – every trip I add something new – so here is my current list of musts when in the city of lights.
HELP RE-BUILD NOTRE DAME.
I took this picture ten days before the fire.
Notre-Dame is the true heart of Paris ( Île de la Cité). It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve visited or how many candles I lit there – she remains my favourite church in any city anywhere.
The loss of history at this level is incomprehensible and we must continue to visit Notre Dame as they rebuild it.
BLOW DRY AT DAVID MALLET.
David Mallet is the most celebrated hair stylist in Paris – he also happens to be Australian. With two salons (one is in the Hotel Ritz) and a client list which includes everyone from Charlotte Gainsbourg to Gwyneth Paltrow, David pioneered the ‘lived in look’ that French women own and the rest of the world want.
The salons themselves are a treat, filled with antiques and if you’re lucky David’s bull terriers. This is the Paris splurge you want to make. Book waaayy ahead to avoid disappointment. www.david-mallet.com
RIVER CRUISE AT NIGHT.
This is something I had never done and never would of thought to do unless it had been organised for me.
Paris from the water at night offers a very different perspective of the city – the scale, the lights and the romance.
I would take the most lo-fi cruise available. This is not about food and drink – it’s about breathing in the city from its very heart beat.
Check out the video I shot with the beautiful Kate Waterhouse while out at night on the Siene.
BREAKFAST AT LE LOBBY.
There are few hotels in Paris as breathtaking as The Peninsula. I could not recommend breakfast there more highly. If weather permits, request a table outside at Le Lobby the main breakfast parlour. Sit back, watch the locals and inhale the perfectly pressed pink and grey linen tablecloths topped with shiny silver flatware. Order the house-baked croissants, a fresh pamplemousse juice and compote of fresh red berries. It doesn’t get much better or more Right Bank than this. www.peninsula.com/en/paris/
MARTINIS AT HOTEL RITZ.
RESTAURANTS TO TRY.
Chez Julien is old school and fabulous. Set right on the Seine, I like a lunch table on the terrace and recommend the classics: steak frites, foie gras, whatever duck is going and a crème brûlée. The flatware is heaven, the blue painted windows chic and the service achingly French. www.chezjulien.paris.
From the family behind the inimitable concept store Merci comes this delicious Italian pizzeria. You’ll smell it before you see it and the wood-fired, super-thin base pizzas are worth the inevitable wait. Order everything with burrata. The scorched fennel is incredible as are all the desserts with special mention to the panna cotta which wobbled to perfection. www.graziegrazie.fr
Taken over by Alan Ducasse in 2013, this old school french restaurant is in my opinion one of the best French experiences in Paris. The tiny rooms, the red velvet banquette, the crystal champagne coups – it’s Fitzgerald and Zelda. Then there is the food which is everything right about French cuisine – duck wiht olives, fish in beurre de blanc, snails and brûlée like no other. www.resturant-allard.fr
THREE MUSEE MUSTS.
There is no BEST museum or gallery in Paris. They are all bucket-list destinations. When people ask me to pick a museum in Paris: it’s Musee d’Orsay, Decorative Arts Museum at The Louvre and Musee De l’Orangerie
Over the years I have slowly made my way through most but these are the ones that keep draw me back every time. None of them are high commitment. You can spend an hour or a day. That’s there beauty.
FACIAL AT AMBASSADE BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE
Look no further than this historic skincare clinic – housed in a former presidential residence – for the quintessential French facial. Biologique Recherche is the brian child of Dr. Philippe Allouche and is a medicinally minded brand that is a favourite of French women. Which is the only reason you need because who doesn’t want skin like that? You can read about my experience here.
Walk. Eat crepe. Walk. Eat another crepe. Repeat.
These actions cancel each other out.
My favourite thing to do when 3pm fatigue sets in is: crepe, espresso, sunshine.
WANDER LE JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG.
To say I know this park intimately is an understatement. My sister used to live across the road so there isn’t much I haven’t done in this park. Sun, rain or snow the view of the French Senate is one of my favourites in Paris. There is a magic to this park and a spectacular place to take photos all year round. There is an Angelina at the bottom of the gardens and a chocolat chaud at the end of the day is pretty unbeatable.
Parent tip: with kids under 4, head to the protected kids area called Le Jardin Roserie. With sandpits, grassy areas for picnics and splash pools for toddlers in summer, it’s a whole world of fun for little ones.
I flew to Paris as a guest of Huawei. This is not a sponsored post.
All editorial ideas an opinions are my own.