Posts Tagged ‘hammams’

Restaurant 1728 in Paris

Valentine’s Day Must-Do’s in Paris

Le Saint-Valentin. It even sounds sexy in French, and this year I am dreaming up a particularly sexy Valentine’s Day in Paris. My dream begins with waking up in a luxurious hotel, like le Pavillon de la Reine, located under the arcades of the quintessentially romantic Place des Vosges. After a decadent breakfast in bed, wearing Monsieur’s dress shirt from the night before, I’d put on some tight jeans, with a large cashmere boyfriend sweater, and some decent boots that have heels that I can actually walk in. Then, we’d head out the door to celebrate Valentine’s Day with romantic must-do’s in Paris.

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Personal Beauty Day in Paris

About every six weeks, I need a serious beauty day in Paris. By “need” I mean not that I am worn out from the exhausting lifestyle of a mom, femme and writer, but rather that certain aspects of my body (gray hairs) have begun to grow wild and require taming. When one of my discreet teen girls shouts in public, “Mom, you’ve got a gray hair!” I know it is time for a beauty day in Paris. And I have a routine.

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A massage at Les Bains du Marais

How to Hammam

Taking a steam at a hammam, or Turkish-style bathhouse, is all the rage in Paris—and has been for a number of years. More of them seem to be opening each month. I’ve tried O’Kari, La Mosquée de Paris and Les Bains du Marais, and I have enjoyed each of these hammams in Paris for different reasons. Recently I spent a delightful afternoon at O’Kari, which is for women only. It’s a small hammam, but it does the trick.

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