A few things to read over the weekend from three of my go-to blogs about Paris.
What is better than ice cream on a warm summer day in Paris?
Chocolate shops-with some great tips and French vocabulary
During a visit to Paris in March, I stayed once again in my favorite neighborhood in Paris, the area surrounding the Saint Germain des Prés church in the 6th arrondissement. The Hotel d'Angleterre, at 44 Rue Jacob, is in a wonderful location and I have enjoyed two stays there. The people at the front desk are helpful with directions, dinner reservations, and answering transportation questions. Yes, they all speak English! It is a quick walk to sites such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Luxembourg Gardens. There is great shopping-high end designers and more low key options-close by.
While it is fun to visit the famous cafes of the neighborhood, like Cafe de Flore or Brasserie Lipp, for an afternoon glass of wine, you may not want to have dinner there. I want to tell you about four restaurants that I especially loved during my most recent trip. One note, I am a vegetarian, but the people I was traveling with are not! So the restaurants below all had vegetarian, meat, and seafood options that suited our whole group.
Le Petit Saint Benoit
Fish La Boissonnerie
Some of these look gorgeous...
Capri-I want to go back...
10 travel apps to try...
My mother and I went to Nassau, Bahamas for a long weekend earlier in June. My mother had wanted to return to Cable Beach for a while. She spent vacations there when she was a child, and took me back several times when I was little (photos below circa 1978.) So, when Southwest started offering direct flights from BWI, we planned a trip. The flight was quick, and we were on the beach by 2:30 pm.
There are some condo and timeshare accommodations directly on Cable Beach, but we weren't interested in those. We chose the Melia Nassau Beach all inclusive. There is also a Sandals on Cable Beach, but Sandals is not really our style...so Melia it was!
The beach was the reason for whole trip. It is a wide sandy beach with beautiful, clear water. It is a great beach for long walks, swimming, and just floating around in the water. At the Melia, kayaks, snorkeling gear, aqua bikes, and stand up paddle boards are available for no charge. I love to paddle board and the calm water was perfect for paddling. If you have never tried, this would be an ideal chance to try it!
The Melia is a large hotel, with 3 pools and a big section of beach. It was not quite full the weekend we were there, so there were plenty of beach and pool chairs. It might feel crowded at peak times. The other hotel guests were a mix of families with young children, families with teens, young couples, and several groups of women having a girls weekend. It did seem like they could accommodate every group pretty well. The pool at the center of the resort had a swim up bar, music, games, and activities all day long. But if you wanted a quieter day, the two other pools and the outer areas of the beach were away from the craziness. The food at the main restaurant was typical resort food (it reminded me of cruise ship buffets), but the dinners at the Cilantro and Nikkei restaurants were very good. You do need to reserve these ahead. Based on TripAdvisor reviews, we booked a "Level" room, and it was worth the extra cost. We took advantage of The Level amenities a few times-the quick check in was great, restaurant reservation help was wonderful, but the separate beach area was probably the best perk. Beach waiters would bring bar drinks, sodas, and water to your seat on the beach. More shade was also available in that cordoned off beach area-I'm a shade lover!
The huge Bahamar complex is being built next door, but construction is halted while financing is being reworked. Their beach is empty, and not regularly swept, so it was a great place to find shells. You can walk or run a long way down this part of the beach.
A few notes about Nassau
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