We are headed to London and Paris for a few days and wondered if readers had any tips for us with respect to food, markets, restaurants, museums or exhibits… Several months ago, Philippine Airlines ran a massive sale on their London flight and Mrs. MM scored two seats for nearly 60-70% off the usual fare, so off we go! I have always wanted to return to London around Thanksgiving or late November and into December, when the streets, stores and buildings are decorated for the holidays with such class and tradition. It’s been nearly 10 years since my last visit to London, and while some of the old favorites are still there (Harrod’s food hall a MUST!), I am excited to see a lot of the new things in the city.
Our hotel in London was booked at no cost to us at all, based on accumulated points from my stays at the Radisson in Cebu, and we will be staying in the snazzy/stodgy neighborhood of Mayfair. We have no real plans other than to visit various markets, food halls, window shop and hit a few museums. We hope to catch a glimpse of the remaining part of the stunning “Tower of London Remembers” exhibit, which at its peak had 888,000+ ceramic red poppies blanketing the Tower of London grounds, but I understand the crowds are crazy. Hopefully, we will have decent weather in London… I am looking forward to a few days of nippy or cool temperatures with no pollen in the air… :)
From London we’ve booked a train ride to Paris for a few days, staying in the 6th arrondissement, right near the border of the 7th AND incredibly close to Au Bon Marche’s Grand Epicerie. Hahaha. Lodging based on incredible ginormous grocery nearby, the term “obsessed” comes to mind. I bought some spectacular glass ornaments at Au Bon Marche the last time we were in Paris, I wonder if they will have nice ones this holiday season. The other option was a studio above a Poilane bakery. Actually the area is close to Mrs. MM’s old haunts as a graduate student in Paris, so this is part trip down memory lane. Let’s hope her language skills aren’t too rusty and help us during our stay — though everyone who has come back from Paris recently has commented how much NICER the Parisians are of late.
We have the “Food Lover’s Guide to Paris” that is marked on dozens of pages, plus other research by Mrs. MM that lists out markets and things we might possibly want to see/visit, organized by arrondissement or area of the city so we don’t have to double back or say “ay, we were there already the other day and now we have to go back…” — yup, she is ORGANIZED.
Also on the wish list is a visit to the new Fondation Louis Vuitton, an apparently stunning museum on the outskirts of Paris. The Fondation Cartier also has a new museum with contemporary art as well. So we have lots to do. But would GREATLY APPRECIATE any tips from Marketmanila readers who have been to either London or Paris lately. Any foodie finds? Cheap street eats that shouldn’t be missed? Snazzy restaurants that we might be able to score a reservation at? Thank you so much in advance for your assistance.