Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world which I’ve visited on many different occasions, here are a few tips from my recent visit.
1. For the first time I made a mistake when I booked my Eurostar but didn’t book it as a package with my hotel! From not the best experience of not finding any hotel and finding 3* hotels which cost over 300 euros I would like to give you an important tip for any town that you might visit in the world – check that there is no big event or festival when you are going to be there! As if any event, such as Paris Fashion Week you will end up playing triple the price; if you can even get a room! But also if it’s a festival a lot of the attractions are sometimes closed.
2. Always go to an area that you know or have been recommended by someone. For me to recommend a restaurant in Paris is almost impossible as the food is always so good in any little café or a big restaurant. But I do have two recommendations. The first is the restaurant ‘Bel Canto’ which is a three-course meal with entertainment of opera, perfect for opera lovers! The second restaurant, where I ate the best omlette in the world, is on the rue Franklin Roosevelt which is opposite the Science Museum. There is only one place so sophisticated – you won’t miss it!
A new area which I discovered this time was the Latin Quarter which is full of life. It has a local market on a Sunday, with people playing music in the piazza and is a lot more authentic than the tourist orientated areas. Also, there is the Mare, which is my favourite area in Paris and it has the Picasso museum, a lot of trendy shops and cozy cafes and there’s always a great atmosphere.
On the day of my show I was informed that the manager of Gipsy Kings Michel Crupel and Raymond Gonzalez who was the manager of the late Nina Simone were coming to see me! Which gave me a few more butterflies but it was a nice ending to my wonderful trip to Paris.
Following my performance Rabbi Nathan Alferd who is a Rabbi in Belgium and Luxembourg came to say hello to me. Nathan was doing his rabbinic studies at Leo Baeck Centre University and was in the class where I studied for my BA in Jewish Studies!