A Secret Garden…Hotel Raphael in Paris

Consider a cocktail in a secret garden, overlooking the rooftops of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and l’Arc de Triumph! Sublime, Magic…La Terrasse, perched on the rooftop of the Hotel Raphael, avenue Kleber, is a marvelous piece of paradise. Un coin … Continue reading

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La Cabro d’Or…..temple to tranquility

Discover the Cabro d’Or, a luxury hotel in Provence, featuring a lovely gourmet restaurant, beautiful landscape, 1st-class amenities, and spa in Les Baux de Provence!

“Heaven…..I’m in Heaven!”

The deep blue Provence sky casts a fond eye on this beauty created by Jean-André and Geneviève Charial, a more pastoral but equally exceptional version of the Oustau de Baumanière. La Cabro d’Or is a temple to tranquillity with its clear, spacious interiors and windows opening onto intimate, quiet gardens or terraces.

Junior suite #19 with private terrace

In the heart of the Alpilles, in a magnificent garden at the foot of the village of Les Baux de Provence, this 4-star hotel is a Provençal mas and is a preserved and harmonious spot where you enjoy true rustic bliss. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the terrace, serenaded by the cicades et profitez de la tranquilité!

Terrace dining!

Dinner with my longtime girlfriend, Anna.

I recommend the menu “Esprit du Jour” for 76€, it is worth it! For a lovely lunch, there is a formule déjeuner for 56€. We ordered local wines, my favorite was the white from Mas de la Dame, “coin caché”. More later on Mas de la Dame!

The organic kitchen garden is complete with ducks, donkeys and goats!

Two hectares to stroll in, a big swimming pool at which you can order lunch in summer, two tennis courts and now a Spa … La Cabro d’Or was born for pleasure.

And for a real luxurious treat, have breakfast served on you terrace. It will be set up and waiting for you when you arise!

Breakfast on the terrace waiting!

Member of Relais & Chateau

La Cabro d’Or

13520 Les Baux de Provence

 +33(0)4 90 54 33 21


Olive Oils…..fruité noir or fruité vert

When it comes to Olive Oils, we generally just look for “EVOO” and “first cold pressing”. But wait….there’s more! Probably the best known of AOC and AOP olive oils is made in the valley of Les Baux-de-Provence, where I spent … Continue reading

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ANGELINA…….un Salon de Thé à Paris

The Austrian confectioner, Antoine Rumpelmayer, established Angelina, named after his daughter-in-law, in 1903. For over a century, the Angelina tearoom has established itself as a high point of Parisian gourmet pleasures. Born in 1978 in Alsace, Chef Sébastien Bauer joined … Continue reading

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Un bistro à Paris……Le Bélisaire

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I first discovered this charming, typical, Parisian Bistro while I was working as a translator at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, just around the corner. I always seemed to find a place to park my little Mini Cooper just outside Le … Continue reading

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Paris For A While……

Each time I enter my apartment on rue Longchamp I feel like a pearl in its oyster shell. I’ve never felt that before. I don’t know if it’s the cozy size of my 50M2 space, or the way it’s decorated, or just because. It’s a wonderful feeling and one I’m sure many of my guests share. The entrance from the street alone is enough to make one feel like a Parisian living in style. I cross the threshold from the hustle and bustle of Place d’Iéna and enter a cobblestone quietness surrounded by stone, marble and hardwoods with a backdrop of greenery and flowers carefully tended by our Portuguese guardian. To the right, I open magnificent wood and glass doors that lead to a handsome oak staircase, carpeted in royal golds and reds and held in place with polished gold stays. If I’m tired, or loaded down with luggage, I can always take the elevator; her voice is pleasant as she announces that I have arrived on the deuxième etage. My double doors await as I fish for the keys and enter… my oyster shell. It’s as though I’ve never left.

Luxury Apartment Rental in Paris

Me voila, in Paris For A While!

For those dreaming of living in Paris For A While, this apartment is available for weekly and monthly stays.

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