Mon Dieu! I forgot to put in a post that was supposed to be before Chambord. Although, it might be good to break it up with an easy viewing post before I bombard you with another one full of beautiful yet ridiculously old buildings again.
We had a little mishap with a certain store on Avenue Montaigne charging us twice which resulted in the bank cancelling one of dad’s cards so we had to head back as soon as we could to get them to reverse that charge. While we were there (again) I wanted to check out the Plaza Athenee hotel which is where the greatest musician of all time, Mariah Carey, had just stayed with her three children for the two youngest ones’ first birthday a month or so earlier.
I really wanted to dine at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant here but I had already booked lunch at his three-starred restaurant in London so I didn’t really want to double up. No harm in having morning tea at the hotel, though, right?
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. The coral-y red tones carried throughout the whole building and into the garden as well, with pots of flowers surrounding the centre courtyard that a lot of the rooms look on to.
The morning tea menu was quite short but I wanted literally everything on it. While my parents both ordered the millefeuille, I had ‘caramel sundae’ and a big rich pot of hot chocolate.
My dessert was fun and sweet and pretty different to anything I’d been having in Paris. I was, however, supremely jealous of the millefeuille. Not only did it look incredible but the tiny mouthful mum afforded me was just one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Weeks later we’ve still been talking about it – and this was no famous patisserie or anything like that – just the lounge of the Plaza Athenee.
Of course, this little venture was not cheap. The hot chocolate was 12 Euros and the desserts no less than 20 each but if you’re headed to Paris on a budget and something like this is the only bit of luxury you can afford on your trip, I say do it. It was even more memorable than Laduree and about the same price. The surrounds are beautiful and relaxing and you might even bump into Mariah Carey!Plaza Athenee 25 Avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris France Tel: +33 1 5367 6665 http://www.plaza-athenee-paris.com/