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Shangri-La Hotel Paris - A Photo-Tour

There are places that are talked about on late nights with friends. They are the places where you would stay if you were lucky enough; the type of place that you describe which causes everyone to wistfully nod their heads in dreamy agreement. When you come across such a place and find out that it exists in reality, it’s a beautiful moment. I feel fortunate to share my experience at such a place.

I knew I was about to embark on an epic experience when I was offered the opportunity to stay at Shangri-La Hotel Paris during my stay in Paris a few months back. But I don’t think I fully grasped the enormity of the experience until I walked up to its exterior, set my bags down, and laid my eyes on its grand entrance.

The Shangri-La Hotel Paris is a 5 star hotel that was just recently awarded Palace status which puts it in an elite group of hotels in Paris that uphold extraordinarily high standards of excellence and luxury.

Built in the late 1800s as a residence for Napolean Bonaparte’s nephew Prince Roland Bonaparte, the residence was restored to its former glory from 2006 to 2010 when it opened as the Shangri-La Paris Hotel. It is also a historic monument.

Richard Martinet directed the architectural renovations of the hotel and Pierre-Yves Rochon directed the interior refurbishments and renovations.

This is the grand entrance of the hotel located at 10 avenue d’Iéna.

As you walk inside, it’s hard not to get caught up in the romance…

All 101 rooms and 36 suites are decorated in shades of blue, white and ecru, in keeping with both European Empire and Asian aesthetics. Textures and colours are harmonious, from silk-threaded wallpaper, textured wall panels and refined crystal hardware on custom-made furnishings.

The majority of rooms feature windows with views of the Eiffel Tower.

And these aren’t run-of-the-mill views of the Eiffel Tower either. The views are some of the best, unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I read a while back that Prince Roland Bonaparte didn’t enjoy the Eiffel Tower and so his own private residence in the palace faced the street rather than the Seine.

I am not sure how true that anecdote is but I can definitely say that I love the Eiffel Tower. And so, I couldn’t contain a huge grin when I walked towards the window by my bed and opened the doors to the balcony which featured this view:

If you follow my Twitter, you may recall a now infamous photo that I posted within the first few hours of entering my hotel room at Shangri-La Hotel Paris. For reference, here is the photo on Twitter.

I can now elaborate on the story behind it. My publisher had just informed me a week earlier while I was in France that my New York City photography book was being finalized for printing.

I told someone on the phone about that emotional moment and they told me to savor every moment and to make sure I jump on every bed that is worthy of jumping on.

As soon as I saw the view from my room and then looked at the bed, I knew what I needed to do :):

But seriously, the view from my room’s balcony was so ridiculously incredible that I had a hard time pulling myself away from it. This was a view of the Eiffel Tower from my balcony at dusk:

And I was so enamored with the view, that I took a video of the Eiffel Tower’s light show with my phone (not zoomed in at all! so close!):

Eiffel Tower Light Show

Every room and suite has a marble bathroom with heated floors, a separate bathtub and rainfall shower, and double sinks above which a flat-screen television is integrated into a large mirror:

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If you look closely at the photo above, you will notice a little something in the mirror.

That’s right, even the bathtub features a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower:

Something that really stood out to me while I explored the hotel is the incredible attention and devotion to the history of the palace. The hotel has quite a few event spaces that are used for various events like weddings. This is a ceiling in one of the event spaces:

A walkway between rooms reveals elegant ornamentation:

As you walk from room to room on the main floor, it’s hard not to fall in love with the enormous stained glass touches on the windows and the generous amount of natural light that flows into the space:

Through an archway, an exquisite scene unfolds…:

…revealing a grand staircase fit for royalty:

As you ascend the stairs, light pours through the large windows ornamented with stained glass:

Descending the stairs, another entrance comes into the view. It’s the entrance to the heart of the hotel, one of its restaurants called La Bauhinia:

La Bauhinia features a charming dining area that is flooded with natural light making it a comfortable and comforting place to enjoy a meal or snack:

Looking out over La Bauhinia’s main level and grand piano:

Le Bar is the hotel’s bar and features an Empire period equestrian theme:

I was fortunate enough to get a peek at the view from the hotel’s most prized suite, La Suite Shangri-La. It’s one of the best and most expensive rooms in the hotel. The views of the city from the balcony of the room are spectacular.

Here is the Eiffel Tower view:

And a sweeping view of the city:

The night I stayed at the hotel was one of the most magical and unforgettable nights of my stay in France.

As I stood on my own balcony watching the night sky fall over Paris, I took a deep breath and inhaled the essence of a perfect night into my lungs as I watched the gleaming lights dance along the Eiffel Tower.

I hope you enjoyed a journey through the Shangri-La Hotel Paris.

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Looking for these (and more) Shangri-La Hotel Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Shangri-La Hotel Paris Photos

Interested in viewing all of my France posts so far? Here they are:

France Through the Lens

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Incredible amounts of gratitude to:

Shangri-La Hotel Paris who let me stay as a guest of theirs in exchange for photography and took amazing care of me during my stay.

And, the official French tourism agency, who you can find here on Facebook France Guide. They made my entire France photography adventure possible and went above and beyond in making sure I was well taken care of everywhere I went (truly).

*All photos taken with my Sony A7R.

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View: My travel photography portfolio, My Photography Book Releasing in Autumn, 2014, My NYC Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris - Summer in the City of Love

Paris blossoms

in the summer.

Trees,

heavy with leaves,

shimmer in rare bouts

of sunlight

that pours

over the city streets

like white gold.

And even

the rain

shimmers against

history-bleached architecture,

as the days linger long,

like trailing words spilling slowly

off the phrases of lovers.

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A motorbike drives down a street in Montmartre.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Montmartre street.

Paris rooftops as seen from the top of Montmartre through a TimHotel window

Frame within frame.
Rain-soaked street on a rainy Paris afternoon.

Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre Metro Station

Sacré-Cœur Basilica as seen from the top of Montmartre through a TimHotel window.

Sunlight pours over a street in Montmartre.

A shared umbrella in a Paris rainstorm.

Sunlight and shadows along the curved streets of Montmartre.

Flower boxes and quiet streets on a Sunday.

Along the Seine.

Walking in the rain.

Rooftops and a distant Eiffel Tower from high above in Montmartre.

Where hearts dream.

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Looking for these (and more) Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Paris Photography

Interested in viewing all of my Paris travel posts so far? Here they are:

Paris Through the Lens

Interested in viewing all of my France posts so far? Here they are:

France Through the Lens

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*All photos taken with these cameras: Sony A7R, Sony A7, Sony A6000

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View: My travel photography portfolio, My Photography Book Releasing in Autumn, 2014, My NYC Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Travel and New York City Photography - Vivienne Gucwa

nythroughthelens:

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I was interviewed by Jordan Oram for the travel site Wandering Educators. I am honored to have been chosen to be September’s Photographer of the Month there.

I don’t often get a chance to talk about my New York City photography and my travel photography at the same time. So, this was a nice change of pace and I was more than happy to answer Jordan’s questions.

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Nice - South of France - Summer Afternoon

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Some teasers and the link to the full interview:

How did you get interested in photography?

I started taking photos in a rather stream-of-consciousness manner in the mid-2000s. Since I live in New York City, I don’t drive. Without much in the way of material things or financial prosperity, walking became my way to deal with stress. It also became a way for me to experience the city like I hadn’t before. I would choose a direction and walk as far as my feet would take me; I still do this.

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Night Vision - Street Art - East Village - New York City

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As the scenery unfolded before me, I began noticing lines, forms and structures that I‘d previously ignored. To embrace my new-found sense of wonder, I took the only camera I could afford at the time, a simple point-and-shoot costing less than $100, on my walking adventures. I just wanted to capture the moments and experiences that made my heart swell.

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Greenwich Village in the Rain - New York City

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Starting out in photography with limited tools enticed me to learn more about light, which in turn, has set me on a lifelong journey attempting to capture something as fleeting and vast as the transient quality of New York City and other places around the world.

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Marseille - South of France

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How long have you been a photographer?

I started to pursue photography seriously in the winter of 2009. During that winter, I decided to finally post the photos I had accumulated along the way online. I knew nothing about posting photography online and had heard that blogs were a great place to post photography. I literally googled the word “blog” and….

…read the full interview here:

Photographer of the Month - Vivienne Gucwa

Hope you enjoy! I even included some travel and general photography tips! :)

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Eiffel Tower - Shangri-La Hotel - Paris - France

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Mount Pelee and the Caribbean Sea - Martinique

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Notre Dame - Paris - France

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Information about my New York City photography book which is releasing in stores and online in the autumn of 2014 (including where to order it):

Martinique - The French Caribbean - A Photo-Tour

Everybody has a magical place or a series of magical places that they conjure up on the backs of their eyelids before going to sleep. The images linger in a never-ending slideshow revealing locales that symbolize a bevy of hopes and desires.

One of my magical places has always been a tropical locale.

During my darkest moments when the rest of the world seemed bleak and heartless, I would close my eyes as my head sank into my pillow and imagine laying in a hammock on a beach surrounded by palm trees with the sound of ocean waves gently crashing to shore playing in the background like a lullaby.

Travel is one of the instances in life where you get to visit the locations you have conjured up for years, the locations that help you get through the worst of times.

And that’s one of the many reasons that travel is such a life-altering experience.

Traveling to Martinique this year was the first time in my life I had ever stepped foot into a world that so closely resembled the place I had imagined as I drifted off to sleep.

I spent a week on the island of Martinique and this photo-set and subsequent post will barely touch the surface of everything I experienced. I plan on going more in-depth in future posts.

This post is more of a highlight reel of some of what I experienced while exploring the island of Martinique. And I think that’s a great introduction to Martinique for anyone who is reading this right now who has never heard of Martinique.

I had never really heard a lot about Martinique prior to heading there a few months ago. I had distant memories of people talking about visiting the island for a few hours on stopovers during cruises. But other than that, my knowledge of the island was limited in its scope.

Martinique is an island in the Caribbean Sea that is located north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica. It’s one France’s overseas regions and is home to around 380,000 inhabitants. Because it is a region of France, the official language of the island is French although many of the inhabitants speak Antillean Creole.

With a stunningly diverse geography, it’s a fascinating place to visit. It’s not for every traveler but it has its pros and cons which I will get into at the end of this post.

Let’s explore!…

I stayed at Hotel Bakoua for the entire duration of my stay. The hotel is located in a part of Martinique known as Les Trois-Îlets. This was the view from my room which was located right on the beach:

And this is their incredible infinity pool which overlooks the Caribbean Sea:

The first night I arrived, myself and the 4 other members of press who were a part of my week-long adventure were treated to drinks at Coco Bar, the hotel’s bar which sits in the Caribbean Sea and is accessible by a foot-bridge.

This was the sunset view from Coco Bar:

Martinique is known as “the island of flowers”. The week that I stayed there I couldn’t help but notice that while there certainly were beautiful flowers on the island, the island wasn’t brimming with flowers as I had imagined it would be.

It turns out that Columbus is the originator of the “the island of flowers” phrase. Columbus first landed on the island in 1502. There are reports that prior to his “discovery” of the island (in quotes for obvious reasons), that the island was known as “the island of iguanas”. However, Columbus referred to the island as Mandinina or “the island of flowers”. The name eventually evolved into Martinica and then Martinique.

That said, there are a few places on the island that are full of gorgeous tropical flowers like this area at La Pagerie, the former sugar estate of Empress Josephine :

Accessible only by boat, Ilet Oscar is a tiny island on the Atlantic Ocean side of Martinique. It is home to a Creole house which functions as a bed and breakfast for four guests. It faces a beautiful blue lagoon:

And it is the location of this wonderful hammock that hangs under palm trees. To the right is the guest house, and in the distance to the left are tables for guests to enjoy French-Creole cuisine prepared by the guest house’s owners:

I spent quite a bit of time on boats while I explored Martinique. Martinique is probably best explored by boat. Not only is there a huge array of water activities that can be enjoyed like paddle-boarding, scuba-diving, snorkeling, but it’s a great way to view the towns that pepper the coasts of Martinique.

This is a coastal town shortly before a rainstorm:

And this is Martinique’s capital city, Fort de France:

Martinique’s Club Med resort: Buccaneer’s Creek:

Coastal houses in dramatic sunlight as storm clouds form overhead:

One of the reasons that I was in Martinique was to experience and photograph the annual Yole Boat Race (Yole Rondes).

Sailing vessels can be traced back to the Arawak Indians who populated the island thousands of years ago. Thousands of years of perfecting the Arawak’s original fishing vessels produced the Yole boat.

The annual boat race is a big deal in Martinique as Yole racing is Martinique’s number one sport. The island rallies behind their favorite boats and engages in a festival that features Yole racing.

Yole vessels are long, hollowed out tree trunks and are propelled by sailors who literally use their body weight to steer and accelerate the boat. The sailors hang off the oars like so:

It’s fun to watch the sailors race along the coast of Martinique:

There is a Carnival type of atmosphere on the beaches. Musicians play music and dancers mingle with yole racing observers celebrating:

The cuisine on Martinique is a fusion of French cuisine and Creole cuisine. One of the most interesting out-of-the-way places that I ate a meal was at Petibonum located in Le Carbet on a beach:

The owner is a character you would expect to find on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown (I am shocked that Bourdain has never been to Martinique!).

Guy Ferdinand is a larger-than-life figure who wears hot pants while he cooks fresh seafood and charms locals. Here he is serving me freshly picked mango dipped in dark chocolate:

One of my favorite adventures on the island involved a 4x4 excursion deep into the rainforests of Martinique and up to the base of Mount Pelee (more on that soon).

My guide had grown up on Martinique and knew almost every single plant on the island. She would stop along the road to pick herbs and flowers for us to touch, smell, and sometimes taste. Many herbs were local health remedies.

Because we were in a 4x4, we were able to navigate the rugged roads that ran into the sugarcane fields. Sugarcane on the island is widely used for production of rum and gets utilized by the distilleries on the island.

Here is one of the sugarcane fields we drove through:

As we drove north and climbed in elevation, we saw views like this:

We eventually made it up to the Emerald Domain, an area populated by Martinique’s lush rainforests. Walking along the mossy paths granted fantastic views like this one:

While we were in the northern part of Martinique, we also drove to the base of Mount Pelee to a town called Morne Rouge which sits among the clouds that seem to perpetually linger along the peak of Mount Pelee:

Mount Pelee has quite a past and many locals will assure you that it is a sleeping volcano. And it is. It has been sleeping for over a hundred years.

Its major eruption in 1902 has been dubbed the worst eruption of the 20th century. It had a negative impact on the island completely decimating the town of Saint Pierre which was situated in its path and was Martinique’s capital city at the time. 30,000 people died.

It is being watched by volcanologists and geophysicists constantly though which is a great thing and a fact that locals are eager to share.

Here it is from a beautiful vantage point along a mountain road:

Because of the volcanic activity on the island, Martinique has volcanic, black sand beaches. Black sand consists of lava fragments and volcanic materials.

Here is a black sand beach nestled in a cove, accessible mainly by boat:

As we drove back to Fort de France to catch the ferry boat back to Les Trois-Îlets, we passed one of the most beautiful lookouts on Martinique.

The view is of the Caribbean Sea in the distance at sunset with Mount Pelee surrounded by clouds to the right and houses on hills in the foreground:

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Some notes about Martinique:

1. “More French than France”. This is something I stated to a few people while I was visiting France recently when they inquired about Martinique. This statement can be taken as a pro and a con at the same time depending on what type of traveler you are.

What do I mean by Martinique being more French than France? Martinique is a primary destination for French travelers since its main currency is the Euro and since it is a region of France. Many of the local businesses and a large portion of Martinique’s tourism is geared towards its tourism from France. It’s rare to find tourists from other parts of the world. The cuisine is French mainly with some Creole fusion.

The major language spoken on the island is French. Signs are in French and English tends to be rarely spoken even by business and restaurant owners. It’s easier to navigate larger cities of France due to France’s urban centers being full of English-friendly people than it is to navigate most of Martinique if you are not open to learning French.

This can be a good thing if you are a traveler looking for a certain kind of escapism and perhaps even an escape from the British Caribbean which tends to pander to English speaking tourists. Enjoying a tropical locale with a diverse geographical setting that also features an immersion into French culture along with its deep Creole roots is certainly appealing.

If you are a traveler who is not interested in immersing in another culture entirely while in a tropical locale, Martinique has a bit of a way to go before it would suit your type of travel. And in fact, I think it’s great that there is a place in the Caribbean that is so entrenched in French and Creole culture.

2. Eco-tourism vs. All-inclusive resorts. For many people, the Caribbean conjures up images of all-inclusive resorts in their minds: drinks by a large pool, snorkeling at leisure, and spa-like activities.

Martinique does have one 5 star hotel: La Cap Est Lagoon and Spa and an all-inclusive Club Med resort called Buccaneer’s Creek. However, aside from these hotels and resorts, the rest of the hotels on the island are largely boutique hotels, guest houses, 4 star hotels, and hostels.

What Martinique has is a growing love for sharing its unique brand of ecotourism. As I showed in my photo-set above, Martinique has a rather diverse geography which begs for exploration.

With rainforests, water great for scuba-diving, and quite a bit of preserved nature, Martinique is unique when it comes to island destinations of the Caribbean. This is a plus for travelers who are into ecotourism and rugged exploration. It’s a prime destination for foraging adventures as well as I indicated above when I shared my experience with the 4x4 excursion.

3. Star ratings and expectations. I feel the need to make a note about the hotels on the island especially. Many of the hotels on the island are rated at 4 stars and 3 stars. One needs to understand that the star ratings on Martinique are relative to Martinique itself and not relative to other comparable 4 star hotels around the world, for example.

Martinique is a beautiful location. The hotel I stayed at for a week (Hotel Bakoua was perfectly fine and boasted one of the best views I have ever had from any hotel:

It is listed as a 4 star hotel which was a fact that seemed to shock a number of travelers I spoke with about the hotel due to the fact that 4 star hotels in North America or even in Europe tend to be a bit more elevated in terms of the amenities they feature. In fact, this hotel would probably not meet the 4 star rating if it were elsewhere. However, on the island itself, it definitely is a stand-out.

And I have found that this applies to many of the properties on the island. This is something to consider when choosing a property to stay at if you plan on visiting Martinique. Would I stay at Hotel Bakoua again? Yes. Absolutely. And I would ask for a similar room with a similar view :).

4. The food. Because Martinique is steeped in French culture, French cuisine is prevalent. Martinique’s Creole culture is also prevalent in the cuisine.

Martinique’s restaurant world is also fortunate to have a bevy of fresh, locally sourced ingredients at their disposal which makes for some of the most wonderful dishes.

This is a great place to be a foodie especially if you are into locally grown and sourced food.

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I am happy I got to experience Martinique. It’s a unique part of the Caribbean and its cultural influences make it endlessly fascinating to explore.

I hope you enjoyed my photo-tour, recap of my experiences, and my thoughts about Martinique!

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Looking for these (and more) Martinique photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Martinique

Interested in viewing all of my France-related posts so far? Here they are:

France Through the Lens

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Incredible amounts of gratitude to:

The island of Martinique for graciously hosting me for an entire week.

And, the official France tourism agency, who you can find here on Facebook France Guide who were instrumental in arranging and coordinating all arrangements for this trip.

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View: My travel photography portfolio, My Photography Book Releasing in Autumn, 2014, My NYC Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Royal Monceau Raffles Paris - A Photo-Tour

A couple of months ago, I stayed in Paris for a few weeks and had the pleasure of being a guest of the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris during my stay.

The Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel is a 5 Star Palace hotel located in the heart of Paris within walking distance to the Park Monceau and the Arc de Triomphe. It opened in the late 1920s and has hosted a wide array of people including Josephine Baker, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and Michael Jackson.

It was recently refurbished by the iconic French designer Philippe Starck. And indeed, staying in the hotel and exploring it fully takes you on a whimsical journey into the imagination of Starck.

By the time I stayed at the Royal Monceau, I had been traveling in France for nearly three weeks at the tail-end of an adventure that took me through the south of France and up to Paris. I was a bit saucer-eyed and woozy from travel and travel photography. However, Royal Monceau made it impossible for me not to completely unwind and have my own smile-worthy adventure within its walls as I discovered the genius of Starck and grew to appreciate the Royal Monceau’s high standards of excellence.

Let’s explore!…

I stayed in one of the non-suite rooms during my stay. A view of the room looking towards the window:

Here is the view in my room looking towards the door. You will notice the large work of art carefully sitting against the wall. The hotel is devoted to art, and even has its own art concierge, Julie Eugène.

The works of art in the rooms belong to the hotel’s extensive art collection. The work of art in my room was by artist Koichiro Doi (Explosion: Pink).

As for the guitar, it’s there to enjoy and make visitors feel at home. Indeed, seeing the art sitting against the wall along with a guitar made me feel like I was in an alternate luxurious version of my own apartment  :

If the sleeping area feels like a re-imagined, sophisticated version of home, the mirrored bathroom feels like another dimension entirely with a wall of mirrors and all elements designed by Starck:

Closing the doors to the bathroom revealed more mirrors:

There are little details everywhere painstakingly chosen by Starck that make you stop and take pause like this handwritten letter hanging next to my bed from Jean Cocteau, a famous French poet, filmmaker, and artist :

When it comes to macarons, I am firmly a Pierre Hermé fan girl thanks to a sweet introduction to his macarons shortly after I arrived in Paris by my friend Beth.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that Hermé is the official pastry chef of the Royal Monceau Hotel.

So, you can imagine the sheer joy I felt when I saw a Hermé spread of macarons laid out in my room.

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Sitting on the bed looking into the mirror which doubles as a television:

Beautiful Paris rooftops seen from the window of my room:

As soon as I saw the hallways in the hotel, I felt like Alice in Wonderland and I knew that I wanted to take this photo:

Indeed, the hotel’s design has a whimsical quality to it. The elevators are all different colors and fully mirrored. Here is the red one:

As I exited the elevator and looked out onto this scene looking out towards mirrors with artwork by Stephen Smith Lloyd, I distinctly heard a song from Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti play softly on the hotel’s speakers:

I was so amused by the fact that Badalamenti was playing since I had been feeling a very distinct Lynch vibe while exploring the hotel. Some context: I am a huge David Lynch fan and Angelo Badalamenti is the composer that Lynch uses for many of his films as well as one of my favorite soundtrack composers (this video when fully watched illustrates his brilliance perfectly: Badalamenti and David Lynch) and who I listen to quite a bit when I edit my photos.

In the moment, I tweeted: “As I walked off the elevator earlier, a track by Angelo Badalamenti (from Twin Peaks) was playing and I smiled wide :)”.

And the lovely social media person for Royal Monceau tweeted back to me: “Thank you Vivienne, we’re glad you’re enjoying our David-Lynch-meets-Alice atmosphere :)”.

Best.moment.in.a.hotel.ever.

One of the most striking works of art in the hotel is by Russian artist Nikolay Polissky called Salle des Trophées which consists of 15 life-size wooden elk  :

Gorgeous chandeliers above the grand staircase:

Detail of hanging art in the hotel’s lobby area :

In addition to the beautiful hotel interiors, Starck is also responsible for the design of the hotel’s 1 Michelin Star restaurant, La Cuisine. Here is a view of the restaurant :

Plates designed by Starck:

Even the coffee cups are intricately designed by Starck. The paintings on the saucer are reflected perfectly in the cups. Here is a goldfish reflection:

And, an eye (my favorite):

Walking outside leads to the Terrace Garden, a relaxing and charming place to enjoy a meal or snack:

One of my favorite parts of the garden area is this great art installation by Joanna Vasconcelos of a giant ironwork tea-pot that guests can sit in. Magical!:

The hotel is full of surprises like the Katara Cinema Room, a 99 seat theater designed by Starck with state of the art cinema equipment like 3D:

And the award-winning Spa My Blend by Clarins spa which features a 23 meter infinity pool, one of the largest to exist in a Paris luxury hotel:

During my stay, I was fortunate enough to get a quick tour of one of the Presidential Suites. These are suites that start at 25,000 Euros a night. You will notice that the design by Philippe Starck is consistent with the room I stayed in which was one of the studios:

The Presidential Suite’s living area:

….dining area:

….bedroom (one of them):

And detail from one of the living room areas featuring a gorgeous photo by photographer Simon Chaput:

I hope you enjoyed the photo-tour!

I feel so fortunate to have had the experience I did at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. Everything from the food, to my time in the spa, and my adventures exploring the brilliance of Starck’s design felt like a dream.

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Looking for these (and more) Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel Photos

Interested in viewing all of my France posts so far? Here they are:

France Through the Lens

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Incredible amounts of gratitude to:

The Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Hotel who let me stay as a guest of theirs in exchange for photography and took amazing care of me during my stay.

And, the official French tourism agency, who you can find here on Facebook France Guide. They made my entire France photography adventure possible and went above and beyond in making sure I was well taken care of everywhere I went (truly).

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View: My travel photography portfolio, My Photography Book Releasing in Autumn, 2014, My NYC Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.