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JAN-FEB 2019

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I had learned on a previous trip to France that it is actually okay to dunk one's croissant, so I availed myself of this sublime flavor combination (when I thought no one was looking). Afterwards, we wandered along the Champs-Elysées to pick up, at the concierge's recommendation, a box of the mother of all macarons at Ladurée; these we nibbled on over the course of the morning as we rambled from one sight to the next. Located on the sixth floor of the Peninsula and offering a stunning view of Paris' most famous landmarks, L'Oiseau Blanc is one of the most elegant and singular restaurants in the city. is was our destination for dinner our first night at the hotel, and the view of the Eiffel Tower was nothing short of spectacular. The chef offers a weekly menu of refined French cuisine inspired by seasonal ingredients and highlighting the best of French produce hand-selected every day at the market. The aviation-themed interior celebrates flying aces Charles Nungesser and François Coli, who vanished during an attempt to cross the Atlantic in 1927 in a two-seater named L'Oiseau Blanc. Perfect in every detail, this was a dinner to remember. Beginning the next day with our newly established morning routine of coffee and pastries on the terrace, Jen and I took in a few sights before embarking upon a private tour of the Musée Baccarat, a visit that had been graciously arranged by the Peninsula's concierge. Here we tasted Champagne out of magnificently elaborate flutes, and enjoyed a splendid lunch in the luxuriously appointed Cristal Room. Emerging a couple of hours later sated and thoroughly dazzled by Baccarat's riches, we returned to the Peninsula to take advantage of the hotel's marvelous spa facilities. e glistening Cristal Room at Baccarat, Paris 93

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