WE♥️ Paris : in the 8th Arrondissement During our last two days in Paris we transferred to the 8th Arrondissement to join our cruise group, staying at the Hotel de Collectioneur. It was spacious and elegant establishment in Art Deco style. IT was lovely but we actually preferred the intimacy and style of Le Petit Prince and the buzz of the Latin Quarter. From this new base we were able to explore some of the more iconic Parisian sites nearby including L’Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées.
There was also the beautiful Parc Monceau. We discovered this beautiful park a few streets from our hotel. Entering through grand gilded gates we were delighted to see children from a nearby school playing in the park – so much like children anywhere – playing marbles, ball games, skipping and on play equipment. We wandered a little further to discover some fabulous display gardens, part of a community competition which required the gardens to include edible plants in their displays – magnificent. On our final morning we found a different entry to the gardens and to our delight it revealed some fabulous classical garden features – statues, bridges and Greek style columns.The Parisian gardens as in London are so beautiful and really well used by the residents. We loved them!
They had On our last afternoon Dianne and I took a trip on the Metro for a girls afternoon shopping in the Marais – visiting the brand new “Galleries Les Halles” shopping centre and also Le BHV Department store before wandering through the shopping alleys nearby. Then our final dinner in Paris at Le Hoche – a charming contemporary bistro adjacent to L’Arc de Triomphe and near our hotel. Tomorrow we set out for our trip south on the TGV. Geoff is keenly looking forward to that.