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5th of 6000 so here is an August thank you offer

Yeh, I made it to number 5 this week!!    Being ranked 5th on Trip Advisor means being 5th of all +/- 6000 listings in the Vacation Rental section of Trip Advisor Paris.   Just type ‘Paris’ and then list by Traveller Reviews. No other filters needed :-). I’m so happy I wanted to thank the people who made that happen, my gorgeous guests and all those who have at one time wanted to stay with me. When I started I had no clue how important Trip Advisor was and even less clue how their algorithms worked.  My first review was a 5 out of 5 so I jumped into the Top 500 ish.    I remember I posted on Facebook just how happy I was to be ranked in the Top 100. I was over the moon when I got into the Top 50 because that was technically page 1 of Trip Advisor !   That seems ages ago but as I only started in 2012 it can’t be ! Now the B&B has 126 reviews (of which only 9 are 4* peppered with ‘wonderful’ and ‘we will return’ statements).   The apartment is lagging behind in 9th position with only 107 […]

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Teens will love Will.i.am at the Louvre

I’m a fan of the Black Eyed Peas so when I heard last month that Will.i.am (founding member of the Black Eyed Peas for those over 30) was re-interpreting his “Mona Lisa Smile” video in association with the Louvre, my interest was piqued. I love the new video which was entirely set in the Louvre.  Throughout the song Will.i.am super-imposes himself on numerous of the Louvre’s most famous paintings, half of which I should know but don’t. Nicole Scherzinger plays La Joconde / Mona Lisa – but as I am over 30 I haven’t heard of her ;-( I think it would be a great wheeze to wander round the Louvre trying to spot the paintings used in the song !  One way to interest the teens, I think. I might have to find them in the correct order sequence though just because I am waaayy too complicated for my own good… Click on the photo to see the video. How many can you name off the top of your head ?   If you need help this link shows the original painting, the video version and a bio ! Not content with this collaboration, Will.i.am has also produced a 12 […]

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The best boat trip on the Seine

I’m always being asked about the plethora of different cruises on the Seine, starting with “Is a boat trip on the Seine a good thing to do if we only have a couple of days in Paris?”  “Is a boat trip a tourist trap?”  “Should we spend the money on dining or just take a guided tour?” My reflex answer is “yes, definitely, make space for a boat trip no matter how short your trip.”  You’ll have a completely different perspective of Paris from the river;  the buildings are stunning and even more beautiful when lit in the evenings. The round trip can be relatively quick and you get to rest your, often very, weary feet. So many of the most important buildings were either built on the river or have unhindered views from it; the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and everything on the 2 islands – Notre Dame, the Conciergerie and Saint Chapelle – never mind that every single other building seems to have its own individual style and story to tell so that you could travel the Seine for months and still see something else you hadn’t seen before. Yes, a boat trip can […]

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What’s new ? My Luxury Getaways for Ladies

Finally, I have done what I have been talking about for years – I have created something that combines my two loves and lives ; having visitors staying with me at 52 Clichy and being able to offer colour and style advice. I have always been fascinated by how the Parisian women dress. Their ‘look’ seems so casually thrown together but it isn’t.  They have spent generations honing their sense of style, understanding intuitively how to make the most of their natural assets. After 20 years living here, and because I have trained with the leading Image Consultants, ColourMeBeautiful, I understand how Parisian women create their elegant styles and I would love to share this knowledge with you so I have designed 2 ‘Luxury Getaways’ for you. What is included in Luxury Getaways ?    Stay either 2 or 3 nights at 52 Clichy, my multi-awarded Bed & Breakfast accommodation and discover your perfect colours for your complexion, your amazing clothing styles and how to use accessories – the key to pulling together each outfit. You can also learn how to create a capsule wardrobe of versatile, co-ordinated pieces – the core of any Parisian wardrobe. Come shopping in designer boutiques and […]

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Paris photos please, for the Frommer’s Easy Guide to Paris 2017

WOW, I will be in another Frommer’s guidebook, Frommer’s Easy Guide to Paris, to be published in October 2016. Did you know there was a need for so many different guidebooks for Paris ?! This is what Amazon says about the current Easy Guide to Paris (2016), written by Margie Rynn : ” In 288 pages of dynamic, thoughtful prose, she guides the intelligent visitor to all the storied wonders of a glorious city, stressing her preferences for the best in every category. ” The big deal for me is that they have asked me for PHOTOS !  Particularly photos with people in them !   I sent her squillions, including the obvious balcony photo, but not many with people in them. However, I thought I would give you all the chance to relive happy memories, look at your holiday snaps and send me some gorgeous ones of you in my living room, in the apartment, on the balcony, having breakfast but perhaps not tucked up in bed ;-).  This will stop me scrabbling through my iphone on a Friday night ! Alternatively why not send some Parisian iconic scenes.  I know some of you are wonderful photographers, and I always need photos that set the scene so […]

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I am in the new Paris Day by Day Guide by Frommer’s

I received an email out of the blue a couple of days ago from a lady saying she was from Frommer’s.  Initially I thought it was a scam but I couldn’t quite think of their angle, so I googled the sender and lo and behold, Meghan Lamb really is the Photo Editor at Frommer’s, the biggest guidebook company. I was already listed in the Paris Day by Day Guide by Frommer’s, written by Anna E Brooke for 2014.  There was a couple of lines in the half page attributed to B&B’s in Paris – OK, I was the only B&B identified in the book but it was still only a couple of lines. But this is better, in the revised Paris Day by Day guide by Frommer’s (headline photo), published on 29th March, I am cited twice, and I am still the only B&B listed in the book.  Take a look at what they say below. Also, if you are coming to Paris in the next couple of years, do get a copy, it is an excellent guide. Since January the B&B and the apartment have both been ranked in the Top 10 properties in Paris by Trip Advisor and with this extra exposure I […]

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How to choose the perfect teapot

I have the perfect teapot – the perfect design and it makes the perfect tea which doesn’t stew. Do you agree ?

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