Steve and I were the lucky winners of a Courvoisier competition which included a fabulous stay at the Courvoisier chateau in Jarnac, preceded by two days full of amazing experiences in Paris.
Our first new experience was a trip on Eurostar! Superfast and efficient, we were very impressed by the speed at which the French countryside flashed by. On arrival at Gard Du Nord we were picked up by our chauffer Guy, in a swanky black Mercedes with leather interior and blacked out windows.
Our hotel was the luxurious and elegant Royal Monceau- Raffles. The décor in the hotel is designed by Phillippe Starck and our room was a mirrored wonderland with a huge bath and shower, a walk in wardrobe, a beautiful squishy bed and full size Clarins products! Wow! We even had an acoustic guitar in the room in case we were bored!
Our prize was a music lovers experience and as soon as we were settled in, we were picked up by Guy and taken to the Opera Garnier for a tour of the opera house, including the vaults. If you’ve ever seen Phantom of the Opera, you’ll know why I was so excited to be actually underneath the opera house. It’s a mysterious underground warren of rooms and even includes a special area where stage animals were housed before performances. As a performer myself, I was also excited to actually stand on the stage. It was all I could do not to burst into song! We admired the magnificent ceiling by Chagalle and were shown around the various elegant rooms above stairs. Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, we were chauffeured to the Opera Bastille to see a performance of the ballet Troisieme symphonie de Gustav Mahler. This was a first for both of us, as we’d never seen a ballet and now I can’t wait to see another!
We had the second day free to explore Paris so set off for Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur and tootled our way back, via various cafes, to the Champs Elysees where we had hot crepes in the park and watched the world go by.
The hotel has a Clarins spa, so next up was a swim and a chill out. I was actually star struck when I bumped into Ken Hom in the spa. I just sat for a while with a green tea and some healthy nibbles while I reflected on what a lucky girl I was to be here.
Now it was time for more adventure. We were invited for cocktails at the 180 Pullman Champagne bar which has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city. Then, we were taken for dinner in the restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower itself – could things get any better!! The views are of course superb, and when the light show started, it really did feel very special.
You can read about the rest of our adventure here https://flowerpowerlife.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/heres-to-now-with-courvoisier/