Is Paris in summer a good idea? It is magic at its best :-)

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 11 Jul, 2017

The Alchemist goes to France - City Break

" Paris is always a good idea" .
We all know this famous quote from Audrey Hepburn; but is this true for the summer too?
I mean, summer in France means a looooong holiday ( for the French) and nothing else gets done, right?

Well, you'll be surprised....
Paris is visually stunning even the rain, an open-air architectural vision and in the sunshine is even more breath-taking: 
summer brings out the best in Paris—long days and nights when you can enjoy  walking out and about, stunning views, the outdoors  whilst perhaps sipping cocktails on elegant terraces, dining al fresco, even a picnic while taking in a movie en plain air.

There are many gorgeous parks in Paris from big  ( Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne, Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Floral, Parc de la Villette, Parc de Belleville ), to elegant ( Palais-Royal, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardins des Plantes ), to the in-between ( Parc Monceau, Parc Montsouris ). Each charming in its own way and  hosting a variety of summer events that pair well with picnic time ( in some you can spread out on the grass, others provide lounge chairs and/or benches  like the  Luxembourg, and the Palais-Royal. .

If you are travelling with children , or you like to have fun, between June and August you can find the Fête des Tuileries (in the Tuleries gardens), an outdoor free-entry family fair with rides and games, including the famous Ferris wheel and a French double-decker carousel and, of course, with traditional super yummy French snacks like crepes and barbe à papa.

In the Parc de la Villette, there is a month-long Cinema en Plein Air festival (July 20–August 20)  featuring the city's biggest movie screen perfect with some delicious food and a bottle of wine watching a movie whilst the sun sets -   films starts around 8:30 pm with free admission (deck chair and blanket rentals are available for  around €7).

Classique au Vert   - (August 5–September 17) -  is Paris's leading outdoor classical music festival, held in the beautiful Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincenne s. Each weekend has its own theme and for approximately €6 fee you gain all-day admission to the park and concerts. There are cafés on the premises or bring your own lunch and blanket.

You can also enjoy  Paris's monuments and bridges from a boat on the Seine, a tour on Les Bateaux Mouches lasts approximately between two and six hours and offer everything from sightseeing with commentary to a glass of Champagne or a gourmet meal served on white linen. You can either book everything online as you do, or you can go to the Pont Neuf  .
The Bateaubus , an hop on and off water taxi, operates 7 days a week leaving every 20 minutes from nine stops around Paris (Le Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Champs-Elysées, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, and the Jardin des Plantes.),  €17 for one day.
Also every summer the banks of the Seine and the La Villette Canal Basin  turn into a seaside resort, simpa non?

For the shoppers, how could I forget shopping,  there are Paris's legendary flea markets with treasures for every budget plus - from June 28 until August 8 - every boutique and department store in Paris has the super anticipated sales . The dates of the large nationwide sales in France are regulated and determined by central administration. There are just two main periods to look out for – winter (soldes d’hiver) in January/February and summer (soldes d’été) in June/July with discounts anywhere from 20 to 60 percent off retail prices.

Of course then there are plenty of exhibitions too ....

A short Paris break in the summer means being able to enjoy the monuments and exhibitions, the city culture but also the outdoors, the river ,enjoying Parisian life and its summer traditions WITH the Parisians and the food, aaaah the food, glorious delicious food.... 

What is there not to like?  ´╗┐Paris IS ALWAYS a good idea x

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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