Paris & Montreux In Spring

There’s something special about Paris in the Spring. It’s not cold but it’s also not really warm either. The green lawns and trees are back from their slumber, and flowers are starting to bloom again. The sky is a certain kind of deep, clear black with a little purple at night and in day it’s a pale, bright blue with a little grey. Magical!

After working intently on my most recent book project, I treated myself to some days in Paris, Geneva and Montreux for a break. I like how the Eiffel Tower lights up at night every hour on the hour with a thousand bright sparkling white lights. I took a shot when it was lit up as you can see here, looking across the River Seine near the Alexander III Bridge. Enjoyed a great French meal at an organic restaurant next to the Seine that night with some dear Parisian friends. Merci mes chers!

My favorite hotel in the city is the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. During my visit this time, the concierge, who knows I’ve explored Paris many times and “seen it all,” suggested something new for me to explore at night. Everyone knows what the Arc du Triomphe looks like, especially from a bit of a distance, but who ever knew how special the view is at night when you’re standing right under it and look up? Check out the golden-hued majesty.

And finally, a shot from inside my hotel room. Just kidding. This is part of Napoleon’s apartment in Paris, which somehow I’d also never managed to see before.

After Paris I went to one of my favorite places in the world for vegan cuisine, Montreux, Switzerland. The folks at the La Prairie know how to do it up right! Whenever I’m there I never want to leave. Their master chefs prepare 2 gourmet meals plus 2 snacks per day, curated to fit each guest’s exact dietary requests and needs, in my case pure vegan. Every dish they create is exquisite, and I always find myself eating more than I’ve ever eaten before and gaining about 4 pounds by the end of the week, which for anyone who knows me is a good thing for me. I can’t wait to go back again. Thank you to everyone who made my visit so special.