Last weekend I spent a few days with my Father. It's not often that I have the chance to spend quality time with him, let alone a whole weekend doing the things we enjoy most. So when were were invited to stay at Palace Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme for Father's Day in collaboration with a new book written by U2's Bono, aptly entitled Sons & Fathers (celebrating the relationship between sons and fathers, and daughters and fathers), I jumped at the opportunity.
After checking in we quickly changed and headed down to the terrace for cocktails in the sun - no better way to start. Just past 8pm we were taken to our table in Pur, the hotel's one michelin-starred restaurant, headed up by chef Jean-Francois Rouquette. We were immediately welcomed by the sommelier who served us with a glass of champagne each; a preview to what was to come - one of the most indulgent and delicious meals I have ever had in my life! Four hours later we had eaten around 10 courses (honestly, I lost count), each with its own wine pairing that varied from white and red wine, to port. Considering I was already feeling a little merry following the first cocktail, it took all my energy I could muster, to not reveal my impending silliness.
The next morning, after sleeping in one seriously comfortable bed (wider than it was long!), I recovered from my hangover, with perfectly-cooked poached eggs and avocado, while dad munched his way through the buffet that was laden with pastries, fruit and cereals.
At 11:30am, a driver came to collect us and we drove out the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Dad introduced me to the wonders of art when I was young, so it was great to discover one of Frank Ghery's most recent creations with him. If you haven't been yet, I urge you too - an incredible feat of architecture, it's worth visiting just for the building itself - with the art inside being an added bonus. We returned to the hotel, gorged ourselves on burgers, changed and were collected early evening by our driver to enjoy a classical music concert (as one does) in Sainte Chapelle, a beautiful gothic medieval church situated on Isle Saint Louis. After being serenaded by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, we sauntered down the river to Chez Julien for one last indulgent supper.
- Thanks to Park Hyatt for making the weekend so memorable!