Perched in the heart of Paris at the Place de Concorde and the base of the Champs Elysées, the luxury Hôtel de Crillon has a history dating back to the reign of Louis XV. In 1758, Louis XV commissioned the architect Jaques-Ange Gabriel to build two identical palaces to be government buildings of the French State that would become the Place de Concorde. The eastern building remains the headquarters of the French Navy and the Northern building would later become the majestic Crillon. It was first occupied by a famous patron of the French Arts, Louis Marie Augustin, Duke of Aurmont, and followed by architect Louis-François Trouard, who had the Salon de Aigles built in 1775. Marie Antoinette came to Crillon for piano lessons.
Valentine’s Day is next week and I’m putting a list together of the things I plan to pick up for Tony and the kids. For a couple of weeks, he has been asking me if there is anything special I would like but, honestly, I prefer when he picks out the gifts because I know they come from his heart which is most special. That’s not to say I don’t leave the occasional hint – catalogs open to a certain page and my best girl, Bella, always has my back making sure she goes shopping with dad. I’ve put together a wish list (at varying price points) I think any girl will approve of and if your special someone needs a few hints, leave this page open. After all, we girls have to look out for each other, don’t we?
I’m truly astonished at the beauty of the châteaus of France. I hope to one day be able to visit many of them. The Château de Pierrefonds is one of France’s most beautiful medeival castles. The majestic multi-level turrets and white stone facade, most notably being the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle, can be seen for miles. Originally built as a fortress, the picturesque castle is situated northeast of Paris, along the edge of the Compiègne Forest.
Spring is almost here and that means upcoming travels. Warm weather is all I have been dreaming of the past month! Although we have a little while to go until our upcoming vacation, here are some of my must haves ~
Dreaming of Paris and Breakfast at Tiffany’s