04 March 2016
The parisian city break of Laurence Gounel for Plume Voyage
To mark the release of her Parisian guide to the Shangri La in Paris, journalist lifestyle and our faithful collaborator Laurence Gounel offers us his city break in the capital.
It was during her many travels, the need was felt: imagine a city guide of a new kind. With a serious bias and 10 geographic or thematic walks, punctuated Address and especially rhythmically in time. Seduced by this project different, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris finally commanded the exclusivity of this guide provides a non tourism vision and off the beaten path of the capital. A nice gift for its demanding customers. Interview with a Parisian kid.
I was born in the 15th arrondissement, and even today, I do not see myself living anywhere else … Paris is definitely my city at heart.
Obviously in a hurry (what are we running after in this city, anyway?), But contemplative almost every day. Unless I have to cross the capital, I try to walk from an appointment to another. This is also why I am often wearing sneakers! Walking in the city, it is always the opportunity to think wisely … And when it’s nice outside, I choose a neighborhood to “discover” for a Sunday stroll.
The Seine, bistros, the Marché des Enfants Rouges … There are multiple and possible “postcards”, but we should overcome clichés and monuments. Some moments mainly, embody Paris: coffee at the counter in the morning, deliveries days in certain shopping streets, aperitifs on the terraces when the first rays of sunshine are out …
For a long time, I had the idea of designing a slightly different guide from academic guides and those which, conversely, exclusively focus on addresses. I travel a lot and I regret never finding the ideal sesame that would replace the “local friend” to take me by the hand and introduce me to his/her city as he/she likes it, with a real bias. I talk to the Shangri-La, Paris about it who was immediately seduced by the idea of being able to “offer” to its customers a beautiful object, which would deliver a personalized view of the city.
… It would no longer be. But a « secret” place can be a friend’s terrace at whom you arrive and discover an unusual or extraordinary point of view, again, pushes you to remain amazed. The view over the rooftops of Paris always moves me.
This is the hour at which we found ourselves there that makes it a magical moment: at the top of the Sacré-Coeur steps, in the early morning and if possible on a weekday… We get the impression to have Paris at our feet for ourselves only. Everything seems possible.
Chez Claus, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This is a typical Parisian address, landmark of small-breakfast lovers.
It depends of the day, the season … But I like the mob atmosphere of bistros
Brasserie, bistro, starred restaurant … it depends on the context or mood but what matters is the sincerity behind all this. We can immediately feel it! In Paris, we are spoiled, whatever the budget. I like the places that have a history, such as l’Ami Jean, Astier or Benoît and many others, more contemporary: Bronco, Grand Coeur, the Pantruche, the Baratin … Besides all the small wine bars and cellars where to eat. For this, I am a true Parisian, I can not help myself « testing” everything.