Last week I got back from a whirlwind trip to Paris with Perrier.
The much loved sparkling water brand truly rolled out the red carpet for Ed and I, and made it the most special 24 hours you could dream of.
Le Cinq Codet
We landed late on Friday night, so we were picked up by a private car and driven to our hotel, Le Cinq Codet. Located adjacent to the Musée Des Invalides, we checked into Le Cinq Codet to find Perrier had put us up in the duplex suite – yep, duplex. Two whole stories all to ourselves! Our room was decked out in Perrier merchandise, from extremely handy portable Iphone chargers (which I’ve kept in my handbag every day since), to cute notebooks to blindfolds to help us sleep. They even threw in a Fujifilm Instax camera – no biggie! The hotel boasts an indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym and all the other trimmings you’d expect from a 5* joint – the only shame was that we didn’t have longer to spend taking advantage of the facilities.
Breakfast at Le Café Marly
Come 8am the next day, we met our driver, Phillip, and tour guide, Stephanie, who kicked our day by taking us to feast on a traditional French breakfast (i.e. an absolute boat load of pastries) at Le Café Marly, which has stunning views over looking Le Louvre.
Pompidou Art Gallery
From breakfast, we made our way to the Pompidou art gallery, where one of the local curators gave us a private tour of the gallery’s most famous works of art, from Picasso to Otto Dix to Warhol toPollock. This was definitely one of my favourite parts of the trip. As a Fine Art graduate, I love geeking out over original pieces like these!
Lunch at Standard Athletic Club
After working up quite the appetite walking around the gallery for hours, we were whisked away to the outskirts of Paris, where we were told we were ‘having lunch on a tennis court’. Naturally, I was rather dubious when I heard this – how exciting could ‘lunch on a tennis court’ be? Well, they proved me wrong. We were met by men on stilts, who served us champagne and a four course meal at a table which was twice my height! Definitely a meal I won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Le Tour Eiffel
After what was probably the most surreal lunch of my life, we headed back into the city to visit The Eiffel Tower. Perrier sorted us out with a private tour of all the underground bunkers (from when the tower used to play host to a radio broadcast), as well as all the machinery and logistics that keep everything running. We finished by taking the lift to the top of the tower, which Ed loved, and I steered very clear of the edge, thanks to my aversion to heights!
Cruise down the Seine
Next up was a private river cruise down the Siene. A Perrier clad boat pulled up at the dock and in we got, ready to sail off into the sunset (literally).
Dinner at L’Oiseau Blanc
By the end of the day we were absolutely exhausted, but we made our way back to the hotel to freshen up before our last stop of the day. L’Oiseau Blanc is a Michelin star restaurant in Paris’ Peninsula hotel, and has the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower light show. We dined on foie gras and washed it down with one of the strangest (albiet most amazing) white wines I have ever tried, Saint Joseph – seriously, if you can get your hands on a glass of this, try it!
Thank you to Perrier AE for an amazing trip!