Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hotel Le Meurice


Hotel Meurice - Le Meurice, as it's generally called - is a famous hotel located on the rue de Rivoli, near La Concorde. It was built in 1835 (although in some aspects it has a much longer history that you can check here) and was one of the favorite homes of famous British travelers and many European kings and Queens. Nowadays, you can find iPod docking stations in each room! Anyway, as I was passing in front of it, I noticed this bike, that they probably lend to customers who want to go for a ride in Paris. Much more chic than a velib!

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  1. Very cool—an actual le Meurice velo! I'm sure there are even more amenities, if you can afford them!
    Were you out partying? I hope.

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  2. Is it really still only me? The only one home on a Saturday night? Oh well.

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  3. Also Le Meurice was the German military headquarters during the occupation of Paris in World War II.


    I have a book that shows photos of the hotel inside, it's trule one of the most beautifuls and chic there is!

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  4. Ok that's it. I've finished packing and tomorrow I'm leaving for Paris.

    Will probably not have internet access for a few days. As soon as I can I'll check PDP and most importantly, I'll check up on my dear PDP friends in Paris!

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  5. However, if one wishes to utilize this form of transportation...

    Thanks for that historical info, Monica. I did notice a glaring gap in their self-written history section between 1931 and the 1950s.

    We wish for you you the best voyage, Monica, beyond even “bon.”

    Alexa as GF? Will wonders never cease? We hope not, when they are accomplished by someone so wonderful.

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  6. You're not the only one, Alexa. We're just crossing the globe a little here. Now it's Gary and me, over here on the west coast.

    Something about this photo is so wistful and sweet. I'm going to go tour Eric's links now and enjoy the hotel.

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  7. I had been so near of this Hotel and I didn't know about it! =^.^=
    Well, next time I will pay attention! hehe

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  8. Boa viagem, Monica! I'm so sure you'll have a fantastic time in Paris (moi, envious? OUI!)

    Aawww, TG, tu me fais rougir, alors!

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  9. Mon Dieu!! Love it!!! The restaurant there is beyond belief...cost wise as well.

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  10. This September I will finally get to have my first Parisian experience! I wish I could stay at a place this beautiful, but I have a feeling my finances will lead me to somewhat quirky conditions:) Which is all the better for me! Eric, Great shot! I would love to ride around Paris on one of these.

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  12. Had I not read your info under the photo, I might have thought I was looking at a basket under some giant French balloon. Of course, I've just gotten back from a wedding gig and my head is a bit out of sorts. Fascinating history on this place. I will have to check it out more. Merci Monica for your additional info too on those pesky Nazis. Safe travels to you as well...although you are becoming quite the Paris traveler and this will be a piece of cake no doubt. Remember to take crappy luggage so your suitcase doesn't get shredded by a French bayonet or an old crusty baguette at CDG. ;-) However, I do have a feeling you're gonna have a blast, non?

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  13. Alexa...are you trying to set a new GF record for 2009? ;-) You go girl!!!

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  14. i THOUGHT IT WAS THE BASKET FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON!

    You can have the Meurice experience, Lee. You can have a cocktail in their spectacular lounge. I'm still paying the bill, but it was worth it.

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  15. How pretty! This makes me want to go for a bike ride ... in Paris, of course. Is it me, or does just about ANYTHING seem more appealing in Paris?!?

    Don't feel bad about being home on a Saturday night, Alexa. I wasn't at home, but that's only because I was at work -- and a tough evening of work at that! 'Good thing I had a lovely PDP photo awaiting me.

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  16. Oh, snap, Coltrane and Phx - my thoughts, too!

    Monica, safe trip! Bisous! Remember to loiter under the Eiffel Tower.

    Alexa, congrats again, GF. Which part of Le Meurice is going to be on your crown? Decisions, decisions ...

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  17. Mmmm I remember looking at this when we were choosing a honeymoon (the first time lol). We didn't get there and went to Seychelles instead but I've always been curious.

    I LOVE the bike! I secretly want a bike with a basket. My bike is one I bought when I was racing around fields etc with the boys when they were small. Now, life is more sedate and this genteel method of seeing Paris would suit me beautifully! What a great idea. Do you think they do let it out to residents of the hotel or is it for show? Do you have a full shot of it too Eric? I want to seeeeeeeeeeeeeee. :)

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  18. Good photo. Great power of observation.

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  19. Just went and looked at Eric's links. As TG mentioned, love the way the PR folks just skip right over that whole Nazi headquarters period. Say, the 36 euro continental breakfast—does that include free refills on your cup o' Joe? :~}

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  20. This photo is softer than yesterday's one... I think Le Meurice may be the perfect location for someone like Eric. Refined and chic.
    I also like the photo of Philippe and Ara Starck (in Eric's second link). Nice shot. We can feel they rely on their attraction each other. The body's language or signals is worth thousands of words, kind of a photo is.

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  22. I was just wondering, did Eric release the PDP party video? And I just missed it? Or is it in PhotoShop? Has anyone seen it?

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  23. I thought it was a hot air balloon basket too! Love it! It's a fantastic hotel and not one many tourists seem to mention very often. How did you get the shot without any people in the way Eric? It's a very busy area...

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  24. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. Atlanta is HOTlanta right now and I'm loving it. Catching up with some friends that I probably will never see again, so it's also a bittersweet visit. When I was sent off to pergatory to work in Tallassee, Alabama, Atlanta used to be my sanctuary for escape. Nice memories.

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  25. Glad you will see them now Michael, that's the main thing - creating new memories.

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  26. Hey Monica, you could Twitter your travels!

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  27. Nice picnic basket photo, makes one want to pack a picnic and ride to some romantic park in Paris (there are plenty of those). Paris has been having perfect picnic weather, yesterday and the day before, I hear. Ahhhh Now, if I could only ride a bike. :-s

    I have been getting a lot of responses in response to my previous email and comments regarding writing a letter of complaint to the airlines. But after reading your mishaps, I think I was lucky. I have never had any problems with my luggage in all my years of travel. And I have traveled a lot I think, especially regarding my artwork, shows and most of all when I use to do costumes, set design, and album design for rock n roll groups during the 1970's and 1980's. I traveled by air at a minimum of once a week and up to four times a week depending on the type of show my work was going to be in. So, I do not think I will write a letter at this time. I feel very fortunate to have had the good luck that I have had during my life traveling.

    Merci to you all for your compassion, and letting me know "life in the real world". xx

    Love
    L

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  28. Tall Gary, Alexa, Coltrane, merci!!!!!!!

    You know I'll be thinking about you guys during my stay there!!

    Shell, you bet! ;)


    Lynn dear, I don't know how to do it, so no Twitter in Paris. I couldn't even figure out how to txt message you... I'm a bit hopeless in the tech area.
    But I'll keep you posted!

    Bisous everyone!!

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  29. Sweet waves I can feel there.
    Yes helpful, this basket, I agree.
    Glad you caught it well!
    Btw maybe Eric is spending his long WE at Le Meurice hotel but doesn't tell it in order to be quiet ;) ?

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  30. There's nothing better than a Vélib', Eric. ;)

    A demain Monica!! Can't wait to see you.

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  31. Bon voyage, Monica. Don't forget to walk by Tour St. Jacques. Guille, make sure you treat her well!!

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  32. Lois - I'm wondering too - did I miss the video? I keep looking back at all the days but I haven't seen it. Anyone can help us?

    BTW I'm checking in from the beautiful state of Maine today! On Tuesday I'll be visiting Massachusetts and Connecticut and the on Wednesday down to the home of USLynn and her Eric - New Yawk City. PS Lynn - I thought it was a balloon, too!!

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  33. Lois. No I haven't posted the videos yet. I planned to do it today but I was sick (nothing serious).

    I'm going to bed right now so that tomorrow I'll be up and running and will work on the videos.

    I also saw about your luggage. Sorry I did not reply earlier to your email. But I will!

    Good night everyone.

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  34. Michael, I didn't know you were in Atlanta! I lived there for about twelve years. Actually, just yesterday I was commenting on Facebook about what I miss about the city. Have you driven down the beautiful Lullwater Road? "Driving Miss Daisy" was filmed at a house there. Have you been to the Fox? I'd enjoy seeing almost anything there. I could go on and on. Have a great time with your dear friends!

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  35. I meant Carribean not Seychelles!

    I really want that bike.

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  36. My favorite thing in Le Meurice is the gorgeous glass case with the candles. THat's one elegant place for sure! Love the bike Eric.
    V

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  37. That is so cool! I've been to hotels where they had bikes for their guests to ride, and it was such a nice thing. This is beautiful.

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  38. Le Meurice is an excellent old-syle classy hotel. Thanks for mentioning it. Compliments from Hotel Paris la Defense

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