Emily and I travelled to Paris last week for the launch of Juniper Sling in the stunning Hôtel Plaza Athénée. High profile journalists from publications such as Le Monde, Crash, Madame Figaro and Paris Match were invited to discover more about the inspiration behind the fragrance by master perfumer Olivier Cresp.
Located on arguably one of the most beautiful streets in Paris, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is housed amongst such prestigious fashion houses as Dior, Bottega Veneta and Chanel on the avenue Montaigne. The avenue des Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower are within spitting distance. Beautifully decorated, the hotel embodies Parisian elegance. Vivid red geraniums shield the exterior of the building whilst inside you are greeted with traditional yet chic décor.
At the launch, guests arrived at the opulent Bar du Plaza Athénée to the gourmand aromas of Juniper Sling. During their time there, they were treated to cocktails and a delicious selection of traditional French pastries and sandwiches (I can personally vouch for the croque monsieurs which were exceptional!) The cocktails were created exclusively for the launch by perfumer Oliver Cresp and the director of the Bar du Plaza Athénée, Thierry Hernandez. Inspired by the fragrance, the drink included ingredients such as gin, cherry brandy, bitter rhubarb, cranberry, ginger and ginger beer.
During the rest of our time in Paris, Emily and I spent most of our time stuck in traffic or sweltering in the overcrowded carriages of the metro. Ironically it took us the same amount of time for us to arrive at our hotel from Gare du Nord as our Eurostar journey over there! However we did find some time to pop along to Penhaligon’s on the rue Saint-Honoré. The boutique maintains the traditional British ethos of the brand, but has a sophisticated French charm to it. A Penhaligon’s concession will also be opening in Printemps Haussmann on the 11th of July so if your ever in the area do pop in and see our lovely team there!
Located adjacent to the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens, rue Saint-Honoré is jam packed with luxury stores and quaint Parisian cafes. Just before we left, Emily and I ordered some steak frites at a traditional French restaurant, sat on the pavement and watched the world go by. Arguably the perfect ending to a magical day in Paris!
So there you go – a brief outline of our whirlwind visit to Paris. What would you choose to do if you had 24 hours to spend in Paris?