TAKE A RIDE
Hop into a taxi and take a ride from Gare du Nord to Avenue George V, where the Four Seasons George V hotel is located. Get your bearings and get to know all of Paris up close from passenger window of your cab.
smell the flowers
Or at least try to. These unfortunately don't have a smell, but they make up for it in all their snap-happy insta-worthyness. The George V has some of the most amazing flower displays I have ever seen. Check out the lobby and the ground floor corridors which are always filled with bright pink flowers. And the courtyard outside Le Cinq restaurant, with live purple vanda orchids suspended in the air.
The room decor is very opulent and completely unique. You will not get the same experience twice. The book shelves in the rooms are stocked with some heavy-weight modern classics. So feel free to dust down your GCSE French and put it to some good use. To get properly in the groove, pick up a copy of anything by Alexandre Dumas. The Three Musketeers trilogy is a classic. If the movie ruined that for you, try The Count of Monte Cristo and the Valois trilogy. All very good (yes, I was a very bored child, take note - this is what happens to you when you grow up without the internet and electricity and running water for a quarter of the year).
8 - eme
The George V hotel is located in the 8th arrondissement, right in the heart of Paris. On one side you have the glittering lights of Champs Elysees, and on the other the Seine with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. The 8th is also home to high-end showrooms and flagship boutiques like Saint Laurent, Laduree, Dior and Hermes.
TAKE in the view
A 10 minute walk up Chemps Elysees and you'll hit Arc de Triomphe. Go on a cloudy day for the best views in all of Paris. Fun fact: the districts of Paris, or arrondissments are laid out in a spiral shape staring right here at the Arc de Triomphe. And arguably, this is the true heart of Paris. I did a full write-up a little; while back. Take a look at the post here.
Grab a bite
Just around the corner is one of Paris' most famous eateries - L'Avenue. It's a big hit with the fashion crowd during PFW. But if that's not your thing stock up on macaroons from Laduree, croissant from the many cute cafes and bakeries all around Paris. And don't forget to try beef tartare. They serve it right at the Four Seasons George V hotel. Also try their selection of Japanese green teas. I've never had a better sencha in my life. And trust me, I know my tea.