Eye on the World: France

written by | Posted on April 30th, 2013

We recently visited France and saw two very different sides of the country: the romantic city of Paris, with its historical sites and endless museums, and the tiny medieval village of Eze, located in the south on the Cote d’Azur. On our journey, we stayed at two Small Luxury Hotels of the World: Le Pavillon de la Reine in Paris, near the Place des Vosges in the Marais; and Chateau Eza, a boutique hotel built into the ancient walls in Eze. Here’s a brief glance at our journey, but stay tuned for an onsite review in the August issue of Recommend.

We stayed at Chateau Eza, a five-star boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

We stayed at Chateau Eza, a five-star boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Chateau Eza features 11 rooms all built into the walls of the thousand-year-old medieval village. Each room has its own name, such as ours, which meant the room of the two chimneys.

Chateau Eza features 11 rooms all built into the walls of the thousand-year-old medieval village. Each room has its own name, such as ours, which meant the room of the two chimneys.

As the name says, the room features two chimneys: one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom, next to the jacuzzi tub.

As the name says, the room features two chimneys: one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom, next to the jacuzzi tub.

The view from our balcony looked out on the village of Eze.

The view from our balcony looked out on the village of Eze.

The balcony also offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean, as well as the restaurant terrace below.

The balcony also offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean, as well as the restaurant terrace below.

Restaurants and shops in the village of Eze.

Restaurants and shops in the village of Eze.

Eze is located about 20 minutes by bus from Nice, one of the largest cities in the Cote d'Azur.

Eze is located about 20 minutes by bus from Nice, one of the largest cities in the Cote d'Azur.

Place des Vosges in the Marais in Paris is a popular square for travelers to relax or have a picnic. It was also the home of Victor Hugo, which is now a museum.

Place des Vosges in the Marais in Paris is a popular square for travelers to relax or have a picnic. It was also the home of Victor Hugo, which is now a museum.

Pavillon de la Reine, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is tucked away behind the Place des Vosges.

Pavillon de la Reine, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is tucked away behind the Place des Vosges.

Our junior suite at the hotel.

Our junior suite at the hotel.

The hotel's rooms offer views of the gardens or streets of Paris.

The hotel's rooms offer views of the gardens or streets of Paris.

The Luxembourg Gardens is the second largest public park in Paris.

The Luxembourg Gardens is the second largest public park in Paris.

The view from the Centre Pompidou, the contemporary art museum known for its architecture.

The view from the Centre Pompidou, the contemporary art museum known for its architecture.

The view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

The view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

The top of the Arc de Triomphe also gives an excellent view of the Champs-Elysees below.

The top of the Arc de Triomphe also gives an excellent view of the Champs-Elysees below.

The Place de la Concorde, once the home to the guillotine during the French Revolution, is located near the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries.

The Place de la Concorde, once the home to the guillotine during the French Revolution, is located near the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries.

The Tuileries gardens in full bloom.

The Tuileries gardens in full bloom.

A view of the Notre Dame cathedrale, located on Ile de la Cite.

A view of the Notre Dame cathedrale, located on Ile de la Cite.

A view of the Seine River.

A view of the Seine River.

We stayed at Chateau Eza, a five-star boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.Chateau Eza features 11 rooms all built into the walls of the thousand-year-old medieval village. Each room has its own name, such as ours, which meant the room of the two chimneys.As the name says, the room features two chimneys: one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom, next to the jacuzzi tub.The view from our balcony looked out on the village of Eze.The balcony also offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean, as well as the restaurant terrace below.Restaurants and shops in the village of Eze.Eze is located about 20 minutes by bus from Nice, one of the largest cities in the Cote d'Azur.Place des Vosges in the Marais in Paris is a popular square for travelers to relax or have a picnic. It was also the home of Victor Hugo, which is now a museum.Pavillon de la Reine, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is tucked away behind the Place des Vosges.Our junior suite at the hotel.The hotel's rooms offer views of the gardens or streets of Paris.The Luxembourg Gardens is the second largest public park in Paris.The view from the Centre Pompidou, the contemporary art museum known for its architecture.The view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.The top of the Arc de Triomphe also gives an excellent view of the Champs-Elysees below.The Place de la Concorde, once the home to the guillotine during the French Revolution, is located near the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries.The Tuileries gardens in full bloom.A view of the Notre Dame cathedrale, located on Ile de la Cite.A view of the Seine River.