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and Salon Trocadoro boardrooms featuring panoramic views of Trocadoro as well as the Eiffel Tower. Guests who want to fit an exercise schedule into their Parisian vacation can work out at the Fit Lounge while enjoying a stunning view of the city. The Fit Lounge offers individual coaching and exercise classes with the accent here on relaxation and regeneration. Mas- sages are available upon request. As an added attraction, for those who want to shop, The Beaugrenelle shopping center is just around the corner. And of course, it’s a short walk to the entrance of the Eiffel Tower, which is a must- see when you are in Paris. There is a casual coffee shop on the lower level, where guests can partake of a hot and cold buffet every day. The California Frame restaurant on the first level offers casual fare. www.pullmanhotels.com

the largest in a Parisian luxury hotel. The exclusive Cigar Lounge, Club Vinales, is a dark-wooded escape into exclusivity and pleasure, reserved for members and guests, each with their own private humidor. Guests can enjoy the latest movies in a luxury cinema equipped with 3D and the latest technologi- cal equipment.

The hotel boasts two fine restaurants, La Cuisine, which immerses guests in a friendly artistic décor in keeping with the rest of the hotel while serving up the finest French dishes; and Il Carpaccio, the only one-star Michelin Italian restaurant in Paris, which offers the fin- est in Italian food under the auspices of Chef Roberto Rispoli. The restaurants are situated side by side overlooking the Terrace Garden, a place of luminous greenery and moving water. Both restaurants share the limelight under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Laurent Andre, while head sommelier, Manuel Peyrondet, is always on hand to help you select the correct wine to go with your dinner. 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris. www.raffles.com/Paris CROSSING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL A popular way to get from France to Paris, or vice-versa, is to take the high speed Eurostar train under the English Channel through the “Chunnel.” Since 1994, these Eurail trains have been transporting millions of people, in fabulous style, between the two cities. The passenger trains leave from London’s St. Pancras, Ashford and Ebbsfleet stations, and there’s a choice of destinations, including Paris, Lille, Brussels and more. If you’re in Premier Class, you will receive a three-course meal with wine; in Comfort class, you’ll receive a snack and drink; and if you choose to take Economy seating, you will have access to a buffet car with snacks for purchase. However, no matter which level of seating you choose, you will never realize that you are 250 feet underwater. Before you know it, you will have arrived at your destination. www.raileurope.com/blog/13016-eurostar- train-from-london-to-paris-through-the-chunnel

LE ROYAL MONCEAU RAFFLES PARIS Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is an exquisite

hotel in the 8 th arrondissement, with one hundred forty-nine rooms and suites with elegant period furnishings, one quarter mile from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Originally opened in 1928, it was recently refurbished by the renowned designer and architect, Philippe Starck, into a sophisticat- ed, inspiring and imaginative resi- dence emboldened with Starck’s touch of panache and irreverence, imbued with the Gallic spirit. For art aficionados, the Monceau offers an art gallery focusing on the latest contem- porary art with an art concierge, who will help guide you to the best art happenings, galleries and museums in Paris. Works from the collection are exhibit- ed in the hotel rooms and suites as well as in the public areas and garden. Just across the hall, La Librairie is known to be the leading contemporary art book- store in a Parisian luxury hotel. Its spa, the first for My Blend by Clarins, is a paradise of pure white including a twenty-three meter infinity pool, said to be

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