5 romantic things to do when you are in Paris
…Alone or with your special one!
By Kocoon spa’s co-founder Maika Endo
1 ) Pick up a “Mille-Feuille” and a “Tiramisu aux fruits rouges” to take away at L’Essentiel boutique shop from artisanal pastry and baker chef Anthony Bosson (2, Rue Mouffetard). Apparently they also make one of the best butter croissant in Paris!
2) After this, you may relax at les Arenes de Lutèce, at a 15 minutes stroll from there. You have some grass to lay down, any plenty of benches with privacy. Whats more, with the view on the pétanque games. I like to lay-on the bench and read for a couple of hours. My friend Vanessa is reading on this photo to the right:
3) Tea ceremony: La Maison des 3 Thés is a must. Everything about this venue is soulful, calm and inspiring. I prefer this kind of place to the more commercial and touristy “Maison des 3 Frères.”
I recommended this tea house to my friend Charlene and she shared her experience here: http://blog.tranquiltuesdays.com/post/98964309008/chinese-tea-in-paris-at-maison-des-trois-thes-i
4) Contemplate the beauty of Paris from le Printemps’ s rooftop terrace. There is a bar if you’d like a glass of Champagne, but my favorite drink in France is still Orangina!
The rooftop opens as late as 8pm, 10pm on Thursdays. I took these photos from the same location, 2 weeks ago (left) and the other one last year in August (right).
5) You can walk to La Seine river, it will take you about half an hour ( I never really timed it!) - a beautiful promenade that I always do on my pilgrimage to Paris; from Opera, to Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre, you will reach le Pont Des Arts. You can crystalize your love forever by “locking this moment”, or by throwing a bottle in the river…I chose the last.
Voila, this is Paris, the most beautiful and romantic city in the world…As Victor Hugo use to say: “He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.”
Maika Endo, is a Japanese-French wellness entrepreneur. After several years in marketing and public relations, Maika felt pulled toward a deeper calling.
After attending a series of international spa market research programs, including a Spa Management course in Toronto, Shiatsu training in Tokyo, and an aromatherapy course in Paris, she founded Kocoon, Beijing’s first holistic spa, with her mother. Kocoon represented a unique combination of East Asian healing arts, Thai hospitality, and European elegance. In 2013, Maika brought Thai Yoga Massage to Beijing by teaching Thai Yoga Massage courses and offering treatments herself. She has continued to leverage her entrepreneurial experience in the wellness arts by offering consultation in spa set up and management and advice to talented wellness practitioners on how to effectively establish and market their services.