Make Monet in Giverny

5 things I learned about Monet in Giverny

1. His painting, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, was valued at $80.45 million. 2. Every single part of his garden was designed by him 3. Despite being brought up in a very religious Catholic family, he denounced the Church and became an Atheist. 4. His favorite subject to paint was his wife which is in most of his paintings when you see a women. 5. Claude's birth name is actually Oscar.

If you're in Paris, definitely make sure to have a visit over to GIverny. For all the information on how to get there and tickets, just click here!

Welcome to Citizen M London my friends!

On a recent trip to London, I collaborated with Citizen M London Bankside to take you inside their super cozy hotel. After numerous IG photos and non stop snaps during the stay, here is a little reminiscent photo post!

Now I know you might be thinking that I'm writing this nice post because Citizen M paid me but they didn't. I actually reached out to them because A) I love nice hotels and B) I wanted to find a hotel in the center of London and I had constantly heard about this place. So when I tell you that this literally is one of the best hotels I have stayed in, that is all so damn true. A hotel is like a home and as soon as you walk in, you either feel good or you don't. Here are top 5 of my favorite things about Citizen M:

1. You feel welcomed. The service! Holy moly! Literally everyone is just a look away to help you. They make you feel like anything you want you can have!

2. You know all the stuff that is stocked in the fridge that you have to pay for? Well it's all free here. Ummmazzing! You just open and take all the healthy juices and water you want. Come on, you love it.

3. The decor in the room and reception feels in between cozy and modern chic vibes. Everything is open, large, and comfortable

4. The bar here is one of the best parts. People from the town come to have food and drinks and it feels like a work place mixed in with young travelers. There is a large work area next to the bar to just hang out also. I rarely find this at most hotels anymore.

5. Location. Location. Location!! Bourgough Market is down the street. Enough said.

If you're headed to London center, become a Citizem M. Link up with them here!

DSC_2709.JPG

Game of Thrones or Provins, France?

Provins (also a UNESCO world heritage site) is a gorgeous medieval city in North Central France, just a few hours outside of Paris. Actually, I had never even heard of it before and the first time a friend asked me to go I thought he meant Provence. Woops! This little tiny city is filled with small crepe and cider houses, old libraries, open brick buildings, and tall dungeon like castles in the sky. You can easily spend a nice sunny day here, walking around the grounds, reading a good book in the central square or take a horse ride around the city. One of the reasons I love living in Paris is because just a few hours away, we have such hidden and magical treasures.
 

A fun fact I learned about Provins: Rose cultivation is a symbol of this city. It produces many different kinds of foods from roses, some of the specialties being rose petal jam, honey and rose candy. Yummy!

Best place to stay in Provins: Le Cesar Hotel
Best way to get from Paris to Provins: Direct train or car

Must try: Crepes at any one of the local restaurants

à bientôt!

Instagram Lately around the 7th arrondissement

It's been a cold week here in Paris which has landed me sick in bed. I haven't left my bed since Monday and am already starting to feel all sorts of crazy. Help me?! But I still managed to share some Paris snaps up on my blog for you guys! Last weekend started off with coffee and cake with my girls at Mamie Gateaux. This is a super cute and charming cafe and a purrfect place to snuggle when the rain is pouring. It feels like a bunch of grandmothers have been in the kitchen cooking all morning. Pies, cakes, teas, and jams! After tea at MG, I took a walk around the beautiful 7th arrondissement which I love love love. So much to see in this neighborhood like La Grande Epicerie. I walked around for almost an hour glancing at the perfect food isles and the mini international food court where all the chefs are cooking. The 7eme is a real must if you're in Paris. It's a treat for your eyes and appetite. Come join my daily snaps on Instagram @ preetigills for more Paris finds. à bientôt!

Inside a Supper Club with Pink Lady in Paris

Le Table Ronde Supper Club in Paris, where you walk into a cozy kitchen surround by a large round table and excitingly watch the Chef become a magician. Cooking events are the best events. Umm yummm, mainly because there is food involved YES but there is something so damn therapeutic about cooking, and chopping, and dressing, and creating dishes that are made to satisfy someone else. I wish I was a good Chef, but I'm just a eater. This was one of the funnest little events I've been to in Paris and it's all thanks to Pink Lady Apples who invited me along for the fun evening. Every meal was made with apples. Apple starters, nibbles, entree, main course and dessert. Impressive how creative the Chef can be with just one ingredient. We started with hot cider with cannelle and bourbon (delicious and strong, yass!), caramel apple with foie gras, saint jacques rotie, risotto brunoise de Pink Lady, and ended with a warm apple cake and sorbet. Thank god I work at a cooking school, or else I would have no idea what some of these culinary terms mean. For example, brunoise means very little cubes of vegetables (normally) or any type of food. Enjoy the delicious snaps my friends!