For me, summertime is always the occasion to explore new destinations, but also get to enjoy my own city: Paris. As the masses escape the city in search for seaside fun (which I'd rather do in exotic destinations during winter), Paris is emptied from its usual crowds, offering all of its beauty in the sunshine. 

I took the experience a little bit further this summer, as I decided to enjoy a staycation outside my neighborhood, and crossed the river Seine all the way to our beloved Rive Gauche, precisely in the 6th arrondissement. My destination ? The charming Hotel Récamier, right on the so chic Place Saint Sulpice in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

With only 24 rooms, Hotel Récamier is one of those hidden gems, the kind of address that you want to keep for yourself.

If, like me, you are spending parts - or all - of your summer in the city, there are two things to avoid if you want to keep a bright skin, the kind that makes you feel more alive and look more remarkable; more beautiful in a nutshell: sun and pollution, the killer combo. 

The passing of time is a threat to that light that gives its aura to the skin, but the environment and our lifestyle also amplify this process.

This week is Afternoon Tea Week, and to celebrate I am happy to share with you my experience of the 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea from the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. The popular formula has been renewed for the spring-summer season, to be in tune with the seasonal calendar, while banning animal proteins and fat. 

As a result, Michael Bartocetti and his pastry team have come up with a delicious and creative menu that is the talk of Paris, and a real success on the table...

A subsidiary of TUI France, tourism leader in France, Corsair International is a favorite airlline company in France, transporting 1.2 million passengers every year to destinations such as the Caribbean (Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre), Indian Ocean (Reunion, Mauritius, Mayotte, Madagascar), Africa (Senegal and Côte Ivory) and Canada (Montreal).

His name is one to remember, as you will hear a lot about him in the coming months. Angelo Musa, recently named executive chef in charge of the pastry team of the Hotel Plaza Athénée, has been appointed by The Dorchester Collection's François Delahaye and Alain Ducasse. 

On his list of achievements, Angelo Musa can be proud of distinctions such as World Pastry Champion in 2003, and Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007 - a title which designates the best craftsman of the country in their category.

The Korean Beauty trend is going strong at the moment in France, and Sephora is, as usual, playing the game. The stores nationwide are now stocking Tony Moly, a cool and trendy brand launched in Korea in 2006. Tony Moly offers ultra-cute playful products that combine innovation and lovely, brightly colored packaging with a "kawaii" touch. 

Taking beauty seriously, but always with humor, the brand reflects the cosmetic innovation that is one of Korea's industrial signatures.

I love to share the hidden spots of Paris, and Le Sud is one of them. Think about a a family holiday home in Provence or Tuscany, stretching over several floors and offering multiple spaces: a green terrace, an interior patio set with olive trees, a cozy dining room and several lounges reminiscing of private dining rooms. 

Well known by Parisians, the restaurant has just been transformed into a relaxed and friendly "brasserie", where one can eat at any time of the day or just visit for a drink.

Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has revealed the top 10 trips of a lifetime as selected by travellers, most of whom are upscale clients of the network and readers of the group’s award-winning Virtuoso Life magazine. 

The 2016 Virtuoso Travel Dreams Survey asked respondents about their fantasy trip choices as well as their dream destinations and preferred travel styles. The results appear in the July/August issue of Virtuoso Life.

The legendary Blue Bar at The Berkeley, created by the late David Collins, re-opens its doors this July 2016 after a six month restoration by one of his former design protégés Robert Angell.

The Blue Bar with its distinctive signature Lutyen’s blue colour, helped spearhead the popularity of the vibrant London hotel bar scene when it first opened in 2004.

It is one of these addresses that you secretly wish you could keep to yourself, so that when you go back you feel alone in paradise. But it is also an address that deserves to be shared widely: Le Mas Candille. Its name only is an invitation to travel, to explore the gorgeous French Riviera and its inland region: "Le Mas" is the local term for the typical Provencal farmhouse.
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