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January Travel Inspiration

A few months ago, I took a couple of weeks and spent some time in the south of France, Paris, and London touring, eating, spending time with friends, and enjoying the amazing fashion, art and culture these locales have to offer.  There are many exciting things to see and do but I want to share a few of my favorites  with you.

South of France  For some relaxation before heading to Paris and London

 

Where to Stay: The Hotel Du’Cap Eden Roc in Cap D’ Antibes is at the top of my list. This luxurious hotel is 140 years old.  It caters to every traveler’s needs with fine dining at on site gourmet restaurants to a variety of water sports and fitness activities.  We found that we did not even need to leave the hotel choosing to stay on the grounds for entertainment and dining. Total relaxation!

Paris
 

Where to Stay: You can immerse yourself in luxury at the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris located steps from the Champs – Elysees.  The hotel is elegant and charming with unmatched service.  This is a shot of the beautiful courtyard.

 

Where to Dine: le Relais de l’ Entrecote was quite a popular restaurant and one of my all-time favorites. The line to get in is always long, the menu is short, simple, and worth the wait.


What we Did and What to Do: The above picture is artist Yayoi Kusama's signature splash of dots. We were so lucky to see this installation and captured this photograph of the window display at the Louis Vuitton store in Paris.

Back in 2007 Paris established a fabulous bicycle sharing plan. You rent them at one spot, ride to your destination and return them nearby. With 1,200 rental stations, you can bicycle ride all over Paris.

No one could possibly visit Paris without seeing the iconic Eiffel Tower. Wether you choose to go to the top or simply walk below and admire this beauty, make this a definite stop on your list.

Pay a visit to The Marais district in Paris.  This is a shopping, art, and dining destination.  The streets are narrow and intricate and the atmosphere is lively.  This is a great stop if you enjoy window shopping and people watching.

Of course I managed to find lots of time to do window shopping. I found beautiful furniture and accessories at the Du Bout Du Monde, which translates to the End of the World. What a great name for a shop. The top right photo is an interior view of the new Hermes store in Paris, not to be missed. The bottom right image is the exterior of Tom Ford’s store entirely dedicated to the brand's menswear line. Talk about great shopping options!


 

Where to Find Niven Morgan: Look what I found when I visited the Conran Shop in Paris-my Jean Baptiste 1717 collection! The Conran Shop is always worth a visit. Founded in 1973, The Conran Shop’s roots are in London but it has grown to be one of the premiere lifestyle retailers in the world. Offering a unique hand-picked blend of gifts, furniture, lighting, and home accessories… I always find something to take home.

London

Upon arrival in London, I enjoyed traditional afternoon tea at award-winning Claridge’s Hotel. In contrast, Claridge's bar is a wonderful, stylish champagne and cocktails venue in London.  It is a great place for two or to meet friends.




Around the corner from the Claridge Hotel you’ll find Scott’s Restaurant, a seafood restaurant offering the finest oysters and fish that side of the Thames. The iced display shown in the above left image held flawless shellfish. In the image on the right is The Grenadier, a traditional British pub in operation since 1720. It’s a great spot to relax and have a beer or bloody Mary.

 

I know I already raved about the Paris version of The Conran Shop, but every location is different from the others. In London the Chelsea version is in the historic Michelin House building. Yes, that is ‘The Michelin Man’ there in the stained glass. Within I found lovely contemporary furnishings, lighting, plus accessories from fun to practical. Definitely a stop worth my time!

 

As with Paris, I found myself spending time with friends. This is my last night in London, celebrating with one last great party.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the south of France, Paris, and London. These locations beautifully flaunt their well-preserved cultural heritage. It’s hard not to fall in love with places that are the height of design, fashion, culture and style-inspiration in abundance for a guy like me.

Transport yourself to London with my London English Currant candle.  This candle is reminiscent of rose gardens found throughout London.