Recently, the Sole Traveling Mama spent a delightful, better half of the day with a few dear friends at the gorgeous Le Meurice. It may have been something about a Jubilee birthday celebration that started it all, but whatever the pretense, it was the perfect venue for reveling in glamour and luxury.
It all probably really started a year ago with STM’s darling Irish friend, “Miss Tiny but Mighty”. Having 10 children between the 2 of them, they would desperately try to find the time to meet for a rushed coffee after the school drop-offs at a corner cafe, every few weeks. For the sake of convenience, they would sit at a small, cramped table in the noisy cafe with their notebooks trying to align children’s playdate schedules and weekend activities while catching up on Life in general.
It was only in another coffee meeting in the elegance of Fouquet’s one morning that it dawned on Sole Traveling Mama…”I can pay 10 euros for a cup of coffee sitting in a huge, comfortable, velvet-upholstered chair with a mini croissant included and spend a pampered hour, OR pay 5 euros for a coffee with my uncomfortable wooden chair being jostled around amidst constant chaos…..hmmmm. Now I’m no genius but even I can figure out that we’ve been doing something wrong and need to change our ways!!”
When the next Irish coffee meeting rolled around, STM suggested the Shangri-La, and so began their tradition of splurging on themselves for a monthly fancy coffee/children strategy session. And as their friend Long Island Lolita is one to say, “It’s cheaper than therapy!”
Now, STM is not one to just throw money around and she is always looking for a bargain, so don’t think she is advocating this on a daily basis – although it sure would be nice! The value-added is in the pampering and living for a bit like a princess!!
The Le Meurice coffee at approximately 12 euros is served with 2 delicious chocolates and considering the Philippe Starck decor in which one is ensconced – it’s a bargain!!! And the true beauty of it, is that one can sit and enjoy for as long as time permits – noone to rush you there.
STM adored the fanciful chair legs and design. What do you think about these well-heeled chairs?! The vitrine with the hanging old hand mirrors and candles was stunning and the Dali like cubic tables gave an edgy feel to the sumptuous furnishings.
Le Meurice has been on the Rue de Rivoli, Paris, adjacent to the Tuileries Gardens since 1835. Rulers from countries such as Jordan, Thailand, Serbia, Russia, Belgium, Iran, England and Spain, to name a few, have all stayed there. Salvador Dali was a frequent guest at Le Meurice and possibly one of the most eccentric, with his outrageous demands of the staff. It wasn’t ALL about the extravagance and Society though; during WWI it was closed as a hotel and used instead, as a hospital for wounded soldiers.
So what are you waiting for??!! Step off the Rue de Rivoli and into the divine – after all, you work hard, you DESERVE it!!!
Le Meurice, the “Hotel of Kings” is located at 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001, Metro Line 8, Concorde or Line 1, Tuileries