Paris, So Much to See, So Little Time

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Junior Suites at Hotel San Regis feature corner living rooms.

Robin Fox of Pisa Brothers Travel Service just returned from the City of Light, where, she laments, there is so much to see, so little time.

Paris retains its allure for even the most jaded traveler. This spring, my husband and I returned to the French capital and had an opportunity to stay at a gem of a hotel—the Hotel San Regis. When booking the property, choose the Gold Room No. 24 or the Deluxe Junior Suite No. 61, which commands a view of the Eiffel Tower from its private balcony. Located in the 8th Arrondissement, this family-owned and operated establishment features charming and comfortable old-world accommodations and service. Its enviable location allows any traveler on a brief visit to the City of Light the ability to catch an extended list of favorite sites on foot.

Two blocks away is the beautiful Grand Palais built for the European Exposition of 1900. Reopened after a 12-year renovation, this magnificent edifice is currently home to the Paris Art Fair. Facing the Grand Palais, across Avenue Winston Churchill, is the equally beautiful Petit Palais—a museum which offers free admission to art, gardens and the Le Jardin du Petit Palais café. Continue down the Avenue Winston Churchill to the beautiful Alexander III Bridge. In front lies Les Invalides (but let’s leave the left bank for another visit!). Below the bridge is “Showcase,” where you can catch live music featuring new local artists every Friday and Saturday, from 10 p.m.

Doubling back on our walk, we pass the Théâtre du Rond-Point, which features the works of living playwrights. It is located at the Rond-Point des Champs Élysées. Just a few steps away is the Art Culture Gallery, which is an art gallery as well as an art auction house. Browse the gallery (some art is for sale and some is on exhibit) but don’t miss the purple library. For a little more dose of culture, and a good time, there is the Theatre des Champs Élysées on the Avenue Montagne. Located on the top floor of the theater is the restaurant Maison Blanche, which offers stunning views of Paris.

There is no shortage of fabulous restaurants in this neighborhood. There is Ledoyen and Lasserre—both Michelin-star rated. We opted for the very chic, trendy L’Avenue, which is decorated by Jacques Garcia, on Avenue Montagne. 

by Robin Fox

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Suites on San Regis’ upper floors feature terraces with views of the Eiffel Tower.

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