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photoHotel La PoncheFrom our roving reporters David and Jackie - The new restaurant in Paris:

A new gastronomic star is in the sky over Paris - Restaurant "l'Oiseau Blanc" perched at the top of the new hotel Peninsula Paris. Not just the views but the fantastic cuisine make it an instant hit!
A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe on the chic Avenue Kleber, it took six years for the restoration of this great hotel where Gershwin wrote “An American in Paris”. We were escorted to past chandelier'd and ultra posh public spaces to the lift that zipped up to the rooftop glass enclosed restaurant "L’Oiseau Blanc", one of the most unique we’ve ever visited. The restaurant is named in memory of "L’Oiseau Blanc" after the biplane that disappeared in May of 1927
A replica of L’Osieau Blanc haunts the glorious terrace outside the restaurant. Just as we lifted our glasses of chilled Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne, the young man at the next table dropped to one knee, held out a diamond ring and proposed to his lovely girl friend. She broke into tears, whispered “Yes!” and we and the other diners applauded and toasted the attractive couple. Chef Sidney Redel offers two different 3-course menus simple but elegant.

A great new restaurant in a fine new Peninsula hotel in Paris.
The Peninsula Paris
19 Avenue Kléber
Paris, France, 75116
Tel: +33 1 5812 2888

our team

Editorial and Owners:

PeterPeter D’Aprix.
Executve Editor,
Photo, Video &
web production.

LindaLinda D’Aprix.
Magaging Editor,
Culinary Editor and Research.

Contributing Editor Team:

LindaDavid Lawrence.
ExProducter on the run roving Europe for those special hotels and restaurants.

LindaJackie Joseph-Lawrence.
Actress and now travel writing with her husband David for Gourmet Voyageurs and "The Toulican".

SUMMER features

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When in St. Tropez, stay at the historic Hotel La Ponche***** in the historic old town right on the sea wall!

Hotel La Ponche***** in the heart of the old town of St. Tropez, France.
Aerial view of Hotel La PoncheIf you find yourself in that lovely fishing village (yes they still have working fishermen), and you want to stay in the center of the old town, you have one of the most charming and historic five star hotels located just far enough away from the tourist yacht harbor to avoid the noise yet set in the historic soul of the old town right on the see wall above a pocket beach. Many rooms have a few of the Bay of St. Tropez and you can see the Mediterranean from the front tables of their marvelous restaurant. The rooms are all totally individualized, charming, well Soupe de Poissonsappointed and air conditioned. What more could you want? Did I mention its history? read more >>

Its restaurant is a wonderful step back in time for solid and tasty south of France, Mediterraen food.

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Italian Ligurian Hotel***** for Beach Goers and Foodies alike:

La Meridiana HotelYou will find the five star luxury "Royal Hotel San Remo" located just a block or two off the main road into the lovely old Italian coastal town of San Remo on the beach of the Italian Riviera just across the coast road from the sea.

Just twenty five minutes from Monte Carlo and the gate-way to the Italian Riviera, a stay at this charmer is to experience a more pastarefined and gracious way of life combining the elegance of the past with the comforts and plugged in way of life of today.
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Their restaurant "Fiori di Murano" is excellent and features authentic Ligurian cuisine and olive oils.
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Secluded St. Tropez Hotel***** a stone's throw from the center but you'd never know it:

La Bastide de Saint Tropez*****
St. Tropez, Var, France.

Photo PoolThe adorable "Hotel La Bastide de Saint Tropez" sits back from a peaceful tree-shaded residential street away from the intensity and energy of St. Tropez. A Relais et Châteaux for some time now, La Bastide de St. Tropez deservedly earned its 5th star early in 2011. Small and intimate, it thus assures very personal service and a sense of a home away from home on a deluxe but understated level rather the the usual hotel complex.


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A 5 Star Jewel on a hill top just outside St. Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France:

Hotel Château de la Messardière *****, Hotel & Spa, St. Tropez, France.
Tea by the fireChâteau de la Messardiere is a fabulous five star sprawling hotel with a view over the bay of St. Tropez on one side and on the other the beaches and Mediterranean sea as well as the green quilt of vineyards and wineries of Ramatuelle in the valley below. It has very recently been given a complete make over which never stops so now it is also the "Shining Jewel on the Hill". Its 45 suites and 75 rooms are contained in a variety of different levels, annexes and square pill boxes around the 25 acres of gardens as well as in the original château.


featured videos

Join us for lunch and dinner at Restaurant "La Ponche", Hotel La Ponche*****St. Tropez, France

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Summer Recipe: "Fillet de Sardines" served chilled with vegetables and salad. Perfect for hot summer days. From Chef Christian Geay of Restaurant "La Ponche".

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Maître d’Hôtel Massimiliano Paltrinieri of Royal Hotel SanRemo explains all about the food of Liguria. He walks us through the olive oils, the products of the region and the tastes of the land. Then you can join us for a video experience of this wonderful cuisine.

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Enjoy an introduction to the Hotel Bastdie de St. Tropez that is open throughout the year. General Manager M. Fabien Delaffon gives a warm welcome and a video tour of the Hotel.

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Take a tour of Château Hotel de la Messardière ***** (see left) and listen to the informative introduction by General Manager Alexandre Durand-Viel.

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Visit the spa of La Messardière with its own indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, and extentensive treatment rooms not to mention its own garden with fountains to sun and relax.


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