Chic Vacation Week: I See London, I See France

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Many say that traveling is real world education. How many times have you heard stories of people backpacking through Europe for a year? While a year of traveling isn’t an expense most can afford, taking an accelerated course in Real World 101, will provide you with an understanding of the importance of travel. Today we’ll highlight London and Paris and for one moment, ignore the fact that the Euro to U.S. Dollar exchange rate is about 1.5.


London
Buckingham Palace
Visit the home of the most recognizable Royal Family. If you visit in the summer, select areas of Buckingham Palace are open to the public. During this period, visitors can tour the Royal Collection, which includes exquisite paintings, sculptures and furniture held in trust by the Queen. The ever so precise and intricate Changing of the Guards ceremony takes place daily in the front courtyard of Buckingham Palace.
Dining

There is more to London than just fish & chips and bangers & mash. It boasts a cultural cornucopia of sorts and every type of cuisine imaginable is available. In downton London you can find British cuisine nestled between Spanish, French, Asian and Caribbean restaurants

Spend a Day Shopping in Harrods

Shop to your heart’s content at the world-famous Harrods in Knightsbridge. [You’ve probably seen the green totes people always bring back as souvenirs/gifts.] This enormous store with 330 departments, shares the title of “World’s Largest Department Store” with Macy*s.

Entertainment/Nightlife

If you’re looking for the hottest nightclubs and best pubs in London, uber chic SoHo and Chelsea are the areas you need to be in. With so many options, you’ll be sure to find the scene that best fits you.

* Also, if you’re in London late-August, check out Carnival in Notting Hill.

**If you expect to have some downtime during your London trip, don’t just sit around in your hotel room! Take advantage of your surroundings and book a trip on the Chunnel/Eurostar train to Paris for a day or three.**


Paris
1st stop: Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Paris. From one of the world’s most recognized structures, visitors get breath-taking views of Paris and the Seine River, access to exhibits, restaurants, souvenir shops and more.

Tour Parisian Perfumeries

France is the center of European perfume production and distribution. At Le Studio du Parfum, visitors learn the history of eau du cologne. In the second part of the workshop, the guide provides information on perfume’s ingredients, the production process and how to distinguish different scents. The best part is that you get to create your own perfume.

Dining

The Latin Quarter – located in the Paris college town -hosts a bevy of bistros, cafes and restaurants. Grab a book from one of its many bookstores and eat, read & be merry!


Shopping

Paris is the mecca of fashion. Fashionistas(os) can visit Paris based houses of fashion such as Chanel, Hermes, Christan Dior & Yves Saint Laurent. Shop til you drop in the Marais District, known for it’s chic boutiques, quaint cafes and art galleries. There’s also Le Bon Marche which sells clothes, gourmet food, jewelry, and everything else found in the ultimate department store.

Entertainment/Nightlife

The 11th arrondissement aka “the eleventh” is the trendiest district in Paris. There is no shortage of activity here, especially after hours. This area, particularly Oberkampf and Place de la Bastille, is bustling with restaurants, bars, clubs and concert halls.
. . . there’s always EuroDisney/Disneyland Resort Paris.

There is SOOO much to do in London & Paris and it’s a guaranteed O So Chic time !

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