24 Hours in Ibiza Town

Ibiza Town is perfect for exploring by night. Head here in the early evening, take a stroll up to the castle, go shopping in the many boutiques and eat some dinner in the old town. The marina (near where we stayed) is also a cool place for dinner and to hang out with all the yacht and mega-boat owners. Land ahoy and all that!

Ibiza TownThe amazing view from our hotel over the marina to Ibiza Town

Ibiza TownExploring the old town – heels NOT advised!

Ibiza TownHigh up in the old town overlooking the marina

Ibiza TownTime for dinner, old town style

Where are your fave Ibiza town haunts? Do let me know.

Have fun! Love Ali x

A Parisian Weekend: Part 4 – Marché des Enfants Rouges

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

A visit to Paris isn’t complete without eating way too much delicious food. And what better way to do this than exploring a foodie market.

The Marché des Enfants Rouges is a traditional covered food market located in the Marais. This very old market began life in 1615 when it was created to supply food to the new neighbourhood. And to be honest not much has changed.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday and filled with food from its residents including a fishmonger, a butcher, a greengrocer, a cheese specialist and a baker.

Marche des Enfants Rouges

And the best thing about the market is if you’re hungry you can take advantage of the small restaurants on site, who sell a variety of food including salads, anti-pasti, sushi and the popular Moroccan food from Le Traiteur Marocain. Expect to wait in a queue.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

This market has also been made famous by Rachel Khoo and her enthusiasm for cooking Parisian style. In episode 1 of her TV show, she learns the secrets of making the perfect thé à la menthe from the team at Le Traiteur Marocain.

For more information visit Marché des Enfants Rouges.

Images courtesy of Jackson Wang, M-Gem, Mitchell Hearns Bishop and Georgia Popplewell.

A Parisian Weekend: Part 3 – Brunch at Eggs & Co

Eggs and Co, Paris

We headed here for brunch on Saturday. Situated in Saint-Germain this place is all about the EGGS! A perfect brunch for me. It’s hidden on a back street and is just a small shop front. You enter to a coffee bar and take the stairs up to the first floor where there is more seating.

The floor is uneven and the walls were seriously wonky but it all adds to the charm of the place.

We had lots of Eggs Benedict and coffee –perfect.

For more info visit Eggs & Co.

Image courtesy of Seamus Walsh

A Parisian Weekend: Part 2 – Dinner at Chez Janou

I was looking for a stylish French bistro for our Friday night out. It had to be cute, be in the right part of town (Marais cool – but closer to edgier parts) and have a fabulous friendly vibe. With amazing French food. Enter Chez Janou!

Chez Janou, Paris
The outside of the restaurant is super cute with a green and white awning. You are greeted by a crowd of happy drinkers who are outside sharing a few drinks while waiting for a table. Push your way inside and you find a half-moon bar crowded with people.

Chez Janou, Paris

The restaurant tables are all hidden behind the bar façade. Chez Janou is a perfect small restaurant with tables not to close together but close enough to chat to your new friends if you need to. We did.

The food was delicious – with a hit of sunshine from Provence – think gambas in pastis while drinking rose wine. And the best way to finish off is with their famous chocolate mousse.

Go here and enjoy the super Paris vibe. And check out their cool mini film on Chez Janou.

Do you have a fave Parisian French bistro? Tell all about it below (points down)

A Parisian Weekend: Part 1 – Where to Stay

Last year I visited Paris with some close friends. I wanted to share my trip with you as I researched it for about 2 months! So if you are looking for some great places to go in Paris this summer this is your guide. I am going to post every day this week with a new Paris tip, so stay tuned for the next installment.

So to start today – lets talk the hotel. Staying in Paris can be tricky, you either spend a lot of money and go big or you have to take your chances with the smaller lesser known boutique hotels. And then you need to think about where you want to be.

We decided on being close to Marais which is the perfect neighbourhood for hanging out and discovering small streets lined with restaurants, bars and stylish boutique shops.

Window View, Le General Hotel, Paris

After a lot of searching, we stayed at the Le General a boutique hotel hideaway in the 11th arrondissement. Arriving at the hotel, we found it on a small quiet side street, a short taxi journey away from the Eurostar at Gare du Nord. The hotel street is a typically stunning Parisian rue, all white stucco with beautiful windows and balconies.

Lobby, Le General Hotel, Paris
The lobby is cool with bright coloured chairs and a cute bar perfect for a cocktail whilst you wait for friends to join you for a night out. And there is a seated cafe area for breakfast the next day.

Le General Hotel, Paris

Upstairs the bedrooms are cute with stylish touches, such as a cool chair and the view from the window is fabulous over the roof tops of Paris. And you get an apple on your pillow – what more can you want!

Perfect for a couple of days away, this hotel is great value for money in what can be an expensive city. And Marais is a 10 minute walk  through windy lovely streets that carry on all the way to the Seine.

Where have you stayed recently in Paris? Do let me know your boutique hotel finds in Paris.

For bookings see Le General Hotel.

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for A Parisian Weekend: Part 2 all about eating!

The St. Regis Bal Harbour, Miami Beach

St Regis, Bal Harbour, MiamiThe last three days at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, have felt like a week, which is always a good sign at the end of a long weekend break.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour is a quiet retreat on the northern tip of the Miami Beach barrier island. The hotel is super stylish. As you enter you walk through a mirrored entrance which is super opulent and sets the scene for the rest of the hotel.

Guest Room, St. Regis, Bal Harbour

Then the lift zooms you to your floor (no number needed as your key tells the lift). Our room was beautiful with marble floors, a massive bed and stunning views of the beach. This is the type of place you hit the bed and literally sink in to the massive plumped pillows and luxe sheets.

Swimming Pool, St. Regis, Bal Harbour

The lift also takes you downstairs to the gym (of mammoth proportions) and the two stunning outside swimming pools which have mega size and comfy sun loungers. And if you want to venture out – the beach with its azure blue sea and white sands is right there.

This is the perfect hideaway from the 24 hour lifestyle of South Beach where you can relax in style. And to make it even more perfect if you want to party South Beach style, it’s only a short cab ride away.

Top tip – head to the St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault where they have 4 different types of Bloody Mary (my kind of place!).

For more information visit St. Regis Bal Harbour.

Images courtesy of St. Regis Bal Harbour