Paris, Day 4

March 29th, 2013

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9am- Got up and got dressed to go out.  Another cold day with temperature in the 25 F 10am- Breakfast at a boulangerie in the neighborhood 11am- Shopping on right bank
1pm- Walked to Musee D’Orsay.  The museum had reopened after two years of work to fully renovated spaces.  On level 0, around the Seine side is the Barbizon Schoold ( Millet, Courbet’s masterpieces and the early works of Manet, Degas, and Monet: on the Lille side, works for the Academic movement of the 1850s ( Ingres, Delacroix ), the Symbolist gallery ( Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes… ) and the Toulouse-Lautrec room. On level 2: Seine side is Naturalism, foreign schools, the decorative arts of the Third Republic, and French, Belgian and Italian Art Nouveau:  Lille side: Neo-Impressionist and Post-Inpressionist painting ( Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat…) and Nabi works from 1900. The Pavillon Amont:  After the large Modern de’cors on level 2, you will find Art Nouveau from Central Europe, Northern Europe and Scandinavia on level 3, followed by Austrian, British and American Art Nouveau on level 4. Level 5:  Starting with Manet’s Le De’jeuner sur l’herbe ( Luncheon on the grass ), the visitor is taken through the masterpieces of the Impressionist movement from 1860 to 1900.  This was definitely the high light of my trip and I just wanted to linger on and look at these paintings forever.
4pm- Lunch at the museum  café. This was a  Thursday and museum is open till 9 pm.
6pm- Left the museum to walk to Latin Quarters Enjoyed looking at all the furniture and interior decorating shops
7pm- Took the taxi to go over to Eiffel Tower Walked a little bit, took a few photos decided to take another cab to go to Champs Elyesees My husband had eaten a few times at Asien Restaurant on Ave de George Cinq directly across from George Cinq Hotel and loved their food
8:30 pm- We arrived at the restaurant.  From the outside it does not look too big, but inside upper level is bar and lounge area and downstairs is huge area very tastefully decorated Menu is all Japanese, Chinese and Thai and food was extraordinary
11pm- Took the taxi and left the restaurant

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Today we have the pleasure of sharing some great tips from the expert wedding planner Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events, on how to plan a perfectly executed multi-day event! Madiha and her mother Nikki are co-owners of Exquisite Events, and renowned planners who specialize in creating fabulous multiple day events for their couples. Madiha's wonderful tips can help you have a flawless, joyful wedding celebration! Wedding by Exquisite Events, LA | junebugweddings.com Joy Marie Photography Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events: We do a number of multiple day events and its nice because the couple can actually spend time with their invited guests and not have to worry that it is over in just a few hours. There are a number of things to consider when planning a multi day wedding and here are a few of our tips to help you out:
  • If your wedding is 2 days or longer, plan to have it on a holiday weekend so that your out of town guests can attend; a lot of times the venues will offer special rates on holidays and holiday weekends
  • When planning 3-4 days of events back to back it's important to think about the locations. To avoid transporting a number of guests all over town, try looking for venues for each day that are in the same vicinity
  • Planning any kind of wedding is quite a task, so if you are planning a multi day event, I strongly recommend getting a professional to help you; if this is not the route you choose to take, make sure to plan well in advance and be organized. Keep a calendar with you at all times that can help you keep track of which vendors are coming on which day, payment schedules, appointments, etc.
Wedding by Exquisite Events, LA | junebugweddings.com John Solano Photography
  • Many of our South Asian brides travel abroad for their outfits and it is important to do this at least 8- 12 months ahead of time as many of the top designers need time to create each outfit, especially if you have 3 or 4.
  • Book your animal! This may sound funny, but for an Indian ceremony, the groom’s procession, or Baraat, is marked by the groom entering on an animal such as a horse or an elephant. Sometimes these animals can get booked well ahead of time.
Wedding by Exquisite Events, LA | junebugweddings.com Lin and Jirsa Photography
  • If you are having a number of out of town guests staying at the same hotel, have welcome bags for them with an itinerary of the days to come as well as some snacks and goodies. It is always a nice touch and sets the tone for the coming days.
  • Lastly, enjoy! Your wedding day is one of the most important days, and how lucky to be able to spend it with loved ones over an extended period of time. Take it all in and enjoy each day as it comes!
Wedding by Exquisite Events, LA | junebugweddings.com Samson Productions Thank you Madiha! What great tips for a fun multi-day event, executed perfectly. For more beautiful events from Madiha and her company, Exquisite Events, visit the Exquisite Events website and blog, as well as their blog devoted to Indian wedding planning, Journey to India!

Paris, Day 3

March 6th, 2013

10am- Left the hotel for quick breakfast at Blanquet, our favorite boulangerie right next to the hotel.  I was mindful of the fact that we had an 11 am appointment at George V, a Four Seasons Hotel. On my way to meet Nidale Barrett at George V who is the sales and development manager.  What an amazing lady!  I spent three hours with her and felt like I had known her all my life.  She was not only gracious but very welcoming and showed us the meeting spaces, penthouse suite, roof top balcony as well as other areas of the hotel. [caption id="attachment_5500" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Nidale and I"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5501" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="George V lobby"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5503" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="What a view from the rooftop balcony!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5505" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="One of the suites at the George V"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5507" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="La Basilique du Sacre Coeur"][/caption]

2:30pm-  Arrived in Montmartre and went up the hill to see  the famous church Sacre Coeur.  Even though I have seen this church many times,  I am always struck by the beauty.    It is an imposing beautiful and majestic structure in white and has the view of the entire city.  The Church was busy with a lot of worshippers inside as well as people hanging outside taking photos on the steps.  After spending some time there, we strolled towards the square where all the artists are situated.  It is amazing to see the talent and different mediums and styles.  From oils to charcoal, pencil, water color and from still life to city scape, land scape and live sketches being done, it is just awesome to walk around.

Temperature was about 30 degree F and there were few people out in the square.  We took some time to appreciate the art, talked to the artists and decided to have a nice long lunch.  The restaurant was in front of us and menu looked very good so we made our way in.  We were immediately seated at the window and ordered our food. I don’t know if the food was extra ordinarily delectable and delicious or if we were very hungry, regardless, we enjoyed each and every morsel and had our lunch in the most unrushed manner.  After lunch we walked to the village, purchased a few souvenirs and decided to head  back to the city.

5 pm-  Arrived at Hotel de Crillon for our afternoon tea which was our daily ritual. 6-8pm- Shopping at Rue St. Faubourg/ St. Honore :) 8:30pm- Dinner at Thai Spicey located on Rue de L’Ave Maira, a personal favorite of the concierge at Crillon. It was an unforgettable experience and the food was most amazing and flavorful. Fresh ingredients, wonderful flavors and great presentation Back to the hotel to get ready for day 4! XO Nikki

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