Day Trip To London and High Tea at The Goring

This Spring my friend Jennifer was traveling to London for work and we decided to meet up while I was in Paris. We have known each other from Chicago for years and have always discussed traveling somewhere together so this was a good opportunity. I took the Chunnel over to meet Jennifer and we spent the morning exploring and making stops for coffee and sweets.

london england rebecca plotnick
london england rebecca plotnick
london england rebecca plotnick
london england rebecca plotnick
london england rebecca plotnick
the goring hotel london england
the goring hotel london england

We had a perfect spot right in the middle of the room with the most beautiful light. The Goring took such good care of us making sure our tea cups were never empty and our bellies were full. They gave us seconds on whatever we wanted. We started with strawberries and cream since it was the start of strawberry season.

the goring london england
the goring high tea london england
london england the goring hotel high tea
high tea at the goring hotel in london england

We had a fabulous time exploring London and stopping for an afternoon of laughter, sweet treats, bubbles, and tea at The Goring. Where is your favorite place for tea?

 

Paris: Musée Nissim de Camondo

I have spent many afternoons at The Louvre and Musée D'Orsay over the years but this last trip I wanted to try something new and different. I have heard so many good things about the Musée Nissim de Camondo so I took a quiet day and walked over to the museum. 

paris streets
parc monceau paris france

The museum is located next to Parc Monceau. I highly recommend a walk through before or afterwards. As it is one of my personal favorites. The design of Musée Nissim de Camondo was modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles. 

muséee nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo

The home was built in 1911 and had more modern updates than the original Petit Trianon with the help of architect René Sergent. The owner Camondo planned to leave the house to his son but he was killed in World War I. He donated the property "Arts Décoratifs" in memory of his son. The museum opened in 1935 with the home fully preserved in the original condition. During World War II Camondo's daughter, son-in-law and their children were all killed in the nazi camps. This was the last of the Camondo family.

musée nissim de camondo
musée Nissim de Camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo
musée nissim de camondo

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm. On Thursdays it is open until 9pm. The museum is closed on Mondays so plan accordingly. 

For those of you looking for a place to eat after you can visit one of my favorites Café de la Poste 

cafe de la poste

Paris in Black and White

Good News! The apartment is painted...finally it is a color palate or black, white, and gold. The walls weren't awful before but now that this place is finally white it makes such a huge difference and I am happier in my own space. I still have a lot of things back in their places which I might be doing some rearranging and hopefully some purging. Once my body stops aching the bathroom and kitchen will get a fresh coat of white too. 

When I decided to paint the place white I immediately knew I wanted a gallery wall. I have wanted to hang my own art for quite some time but I just haven't because life gets busy... and it is so hard to choose what will go up on my walls. I have a catalog of thousands of Paris Photographs.

The wall behind the couch will be all black and whites with black frames. Simple but classic Paris. I have narrowed it down to the following. Let me know what you think. Also if anyone has gallery wall tips please comment below. 

Photograph by Iheartparisfr 

Photograph by Iheartparisfr 

All Paris Prints are available in the shop for purchase. Click here

Inspiration 

My inspiration is something I found on Pinterest

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Stay Connected with INSIDR Paris

When I first arrive in Paris I stop for a coffee and croissant and set out to find a SIM card for my phone so I can stay connected during my stay. I have tested a few different SIM services over the years and I will be including them in an upcoming post. But I actually found something way easier than searching for a SIM card in Paris and that would be INSIDR Paris. With INSIDR Paris you are given a phone to use for the length of your stay. The phone includes maps, unlimited 4 G data service, all the apps that would ever need including WhatsApp and Instagram to stay connected, wifi hotspot, and unlimited calls and call forwarding. 

insidr paris

There is so much I love about the service so I am going to break it down in bullet points on my favorite features:

  • on demand concierge service: Imagine you arrive in Paris and there is a restaurant you are dying to try and you need to make reservations and you are staying in an apartment and you don't speak French. Message the concierge and they will make the reservation for you. I also personally loved this for times where I was starving and in a part of Paris I didn't know and needed a place for lunch, I messaged the team and got suggestions back within a few minutes. I tested this out a few times at different parts of the day and they were always quick to respond with great suggestions. 
  • INSIDR Community Each morning I would receive a special message on my phone with the weather, any metro or museum closings and a suggestion or two on what to see or do in Paris for that day. 
  • INSIDR Maps One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to get lost in a different arrondissement and discover the city by foot. The Insidr Maps breaks down different areas in Paris by food, activities, and sights that are non-touristy and local suggestions. 
  • Travel Apps Galore - The phone already comes with apps that are downloaded to make your time in Paris easy and convenient. You can connect to the city mapper to take you around Paris via Public transportation, currency converter, or for those who aren't fluent in French google translate which can really help when navigating a menu. 
insidr paris phone

Picking up the Phone is Very Convenient

You can pick it up right at CDG before you leave for the city, The Louvre or Les Halles, or you can even arrange to have it delivered to a location around the city (hotel or apartment) Sending it back is just as easy too. 

Navigating the Phone 

I will say the phone is an Android which I have only used an iPhone for the last 8 years so there was a bit of a learning curve but I figured it out pretty quickly. If you are having trouble you can always connect your phone to the WIFI and use your iPhone when you need it. They were very smart to include a phone booster in the box so you don't risk running out of battery while you are out and about in Paris. 

insidr paris

INSIDR Perks - Skip the line. 

One of the best views in Paris is at Le Perchoir at BHV in Le Marais. The line can be long especially on a beautiful Summer night. You can message the concierge to make a reservation and you can skip the line. I did this during my visit and loved the convenience. I also loved that the prices for food/wine were extremely reasonable. In the States, you would have to pay extra for a view like this. 

le perchoir paris

The price is from as little as 7 euros per day depending on the length of your stay. 

paris photography by rebecca plotnick

Note: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.