Our most recent visit to Paris was lining up to be among the best. D had meetings in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading to Prague for a conference. Lucky little ol’ me, I get to tag along. And this is where the going gets good. As a little reward for me — D had one of his “oh, what the heck” moments — he had booked one night in a junior suite at the Hotel Napoleon. (Click here to access the hotel’s website.) This little treat was also to offset the sub-par experience we had the last time we were in Paris.
So, imagine me, giddy like a schoolgirl at the prospect of spending one night at a place called Hotel Napoleon. The hotel’s website says they’re located one minute from the Arc de Triomphe. (If you don’t already know, D proposed to me last year at the top of the Arc so this monument means a lot to both of us.) Just the thought of the Arc de Triomphe is enough to put a smile on my face.
My excitement at staying at this hotel was, in a word, justified. The hotel was lovely and the service was charming. I felt like a princess as I followed one of the concierge staff to the suite. How decadent it was to have someone take my coat and store it away for me! The concierge checked to make sure that everything was set, that there was loo paper in the toilet room. He turned on lights and checked that there was soap, shampoo, towels ready to be used. He took out the little baggage rack and stacked my luggage on top. I absolutely loved it!
After the concierge left, I took a moment to relax in the suite before having a shower. Y’see, I had people to meet too! It was to be a meeting of the minds over cupcakes and tea. I met up with Sion and Opal at Scarlett’s Bakery.
If you follow Sion’s blog you already know that the cupcakes didn’t match our expectations. They were more cake — or muffin-like, if you will – than cupcake in texture. While the flavours were decidedly grown-up (I had a nougat cupcake and a thé vert/matcha/rose cupcake) the texture was a little lacking. Tant pis!
And we did see a guy in the cupcake shop! I don’t think he bought anything…but we know he’ll be back!
Muffins and cupcakes aside, it was a treat to meet Sion and Opal in person. We chatted over tea and shared our stories about our lives in France. It was extra special for me because Sion’s blog was the first one that I read (I think every single post) when D and I decided that we would make our own move. It was like coming full circle.
All too soon, it was time to go our separate ways but great company, several cups of tea, and cupcakes — even French ones — make for a wonderful afternoon in Paris!