10.3.11

Ritz


Together with some other Paris bloggers I had the honour to be invited to the famous Ritz Paris Hotel by Travel Onion, a web site selecting what they consider to be the best (you understand why I feel honoured) blogs covering history, events… in different cities worldwide.
Extremely well received by the Travel Onion representatives as well as by some eminent members of the hotel staff who accompanied us during the whole event, we were fist welcomed in what may be the most elegant suite at the hotel for some drinks - champagne of course. (The top picture shows one of the suite’s bedrooms.)
We then made a tour of the different facilities…
… and ended up in the kitchen, or rather the cooking class, Ecole Ritz Escoffier, named after the hotel founder César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, referred to as the king of chefs and the chef of kings. Together we prepared a tomato tart and then veal medallions, accompanied by a potato and celery gratin … and especially a fantastic sauce. Of course, if the result ended up being perfect, it was basically thanks to the chef, Didier Steudier, who also prepared the dessert - without our intervention.
The meal was accompanied by champagne and some good wines. Although tempted, we decided that a visit to the Hemingway Bar (with the world’s best bartender), was not necessary. Another time… and I have been there before (see previous post).

Sincere thanks to Travel Onion the Ritz Hotel for letting us enjoy this remarkable event!

Here you can find the other blogs represented during this evening:

53 comments:

Simony said...

Oh Peter, what an amazing experience!
Great food, great environment and great company!
That suite on the first picture will be subject of my dreams from now on...
You are a lucky man!

Lo said...

I really enjoyed your post and cannot believe that it is going on 60 years since my college buddies and I "did" Europe with a most memorable stay at the Ritz in Paris. It was a huge indulgence and sheer heaven to us at that time and must still be heaven from the looks of your pics. Do they still have the incredible elevator cage of wrought iron and gilt that was a work of art? Sigh.

Vagabonde said...

Oh la la Peter! The Ritz! A real palace – I walked by it many times but never went inside. What an honor really to be shown this fabulous and historic hotel – and the Ritz Escoffier school! Your photos give us a glimpse of the sumptuous décor, in a quintessential French style – the bedroom suite looks like it is waiting for some high born nobility. L’Art de Vivre à la Française…..I just bought a ticket for Paris, but unfortunately I won’t be going to the Ritz this time (lol.) Maybe I can have a drink at the Hemingway bar. When we were in Key West last November my husband bought me the latest edition of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I’ll read your post on the bar and try to go there.

Mystica said...

It looks so gorgeous and I can well believe how chuffed you must be to have been invited. Congratulations and glad you enjoyed the experience.

Dianne said...

How amazing to be a guest at this prestigious establishment - you well deserved the honour. I love the photos of that opulent/elegant bedroom and the fabulous kitchen.
Now I'm clicking back to the top to re-visit this lovely post.
Loved it all.
"All Things French"

Virginia said...

Well sniff, sniff, I guess I wasn't invited for champagne at the Ritz because I wasn't in town ???HA Glad you all got the inside view and that you shared these terrific photos with us. My oh my, I never dreamed it was that over the top!! Good for you Peter!
V

Catherine said...

this sounds like a very interesting convention and big congrats on the invite - I am looking forward to joining the French bloggers - if I may - in August!!

Olivier said...

Peter tu as demenage ;)) c'est la classe cet hotel.

Thirtytwo degrees said...

Wow! I loved this so much that I checked out all the other blogs, and only two mentioned it besides yourself. Your photos are marvelous, and I also went back to your original story about Harry's bar for the best bartender, and so had double the fun this evening, sharing your excellent cuisine and fun. The story on Ernest Hemingway is fantastic as well! Congrats for being the Best, which we here have long recognized.

delphinium said...

Peter est riche. Mesdames, il est temps de faire toutes les demandes qui vous passent par la tête. Alors moi j'aimerais une Audi, un chalet à la montagne et une villa au bord du lac de Côme. Voilà, ce sera tout pour aujourd'hui.
Bon bon, restons sérieux pour une fois. Je trouve que la décoration est trop chargée pour moi. Finalement dans mon chalet de montagne, j'aimerais des trucs plus simples, stp. Allez, je te bise. Je suis contente qu'avec Olivier, nous représentions pour l'heure la langue française sur ton blog. :-)))
Bises!

Angeline Quick. said...

WOW! Definitely posting this on Twitter & Facebook. Those photos would lift anyone's spirits. Can't imagine being there!

SusuPetal said...

Putting on the Ritz!

hpy said...

Enlisant les com's je croyais déjà que Delophe faisait sa demande en mariage. Que ne fait-on pas pour le Ritz!!!

BLOGitse said...

Lucky guy you are!
Cheers! :)

claude said...

Veinard, va !
Mais en tant que blogueur sur Paris, ce n'était que mérité.
Tu as mangé, mais est-ce que tu a couché ?
Car tu le "veau" bien.
C'est magnifique là dedans !

Cezar and Léia said...

wow Peter, it's so chic my friend!
Glad that you enjoy this event, it's really wonderful!
and thanks for sharing the pictures, Ritz is so elegant!
Lucky you!
Léia

Synne said...

This looks grand! What a compliment, Peter. Glad you had fun!

Ola said...

I would love to take a cooking lesson in such a place!

Ruth said...

Peter! I'm blown away by this. My sister and I tried to get into the lobby just for a look around, but the doorman would have none of it. So I am very impressed that you were invited, and treated like a king (of chefs)! This is a treasure of a lifetime. Did they offer a discount on a night in the hotel? Of course it is very good marketing for you to show off your experience to us, and maybe one day we will win the lottery and stay in that grandest suite. Beautiful!

Adam said...

You've said it all Peter, I don't know what else I'll be able to add!

caterpillar said...

Oh my God...such luxury, so nice....glad to know you had fun.

Jeanne said...

Being chosen for this event was well deserved! Ritz, food, friends...does not get better than this! Thanks for sharing.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Well, in my view that is the most deserved invitation and honor for you, Peter. You are a virtual treasure trove of information and history paired with great photos. I only wish that some of us could have been there to accompany you - hehehe.

Congratulations on a wonderful evening!

Bises,
Genie

Studio at the Farm said...

Congradulations for being selected; it was most certainly deserved!

Starman said...

What a nice honor, but I have to disagree with the Travel Onion. They really only needed to invite you because your blog is so much better than the others.

ParisBreakfasts said...

WOWZA!
What a Ritzy affaire...
How could you pass up the Hemmingway Bar though..?
A well deserved treat for you!

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No censorship here, but I deleted three pure commercials!

V Rakesh said...

Regal!

Very interesting pictures!

PEDROHUELVA said...

D. Pedro.

muchas gracias por esta nueva aportacion, que me pone los dientes largos ( envidia ).

Para el dia 22, visitaremos de nuevo Paris y nuestro hotel, ni de lejos se acerca al que usted muestra.

espero que el clima nos acompañe.

cordiales saludos.

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Peter said...

I deleted what seems to be a spam.

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Dear Peter, I found your blog very recently and have so enjoyed your post on Le Ritz. I was there last December with my mother in law and my husband and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the bar. It was a necessary stop as we were following in Coco Chanel's footsteps ;-) I was so impressed with the lobby... and the restroom. I can't imagine how much fun you had visiting the rest of this very special place. I will be catching up on your other posts shortly. Merci beaucoup! -- French Girl in Seattle

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Bettina said...

You really are top of the blogs, Peter. We all knew that of course...
Great photos, I'm almost out of words.

Jeanie said...

Congratulations, Peter -- I can't think of an honor more deserved. The photos -- as always -- are splendid, but what really made me a tad envious was your time in the kitchen! I hope someday to take a cooking class in Paris -- even if only for a few hours!

Anai Le said...

¡GRANDE, PETER!

Trotter said...

Wow!! This is a true five star achievement!! And well deserved, of course...

Blogtrotter is dealing with Matisse and Chagall: what a ticket... ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

MadAboutParis said...

Bonjour Peter - I am so pleased that you are being recognized for your hard work - you SO DESERVE the royal treatment at the Ritz - I surely hope that they gave you a voucher for that lovely suite - we can have the next blog party there!

You're My City said...

Congratulations!You have passion for Paris. You worked so hard and totally deserved it :)

arabesque said...

hi peter! nothing's more charming and elegant as the Ritz. ^0^
beautiful decors!
tnx for sharing these with us.

JM said...

No wonder your blog has been selected by Travel Onion, Peter! Congratulations! This is another wonderful post with an awesome bedroom shot on top.

Baglady said...

What a fantastic treat. Not my taste but it is still really impressive.

K

Thérèse said...

Quel honneur!

rauf said...

It is indeed a well deserved honour dear Peter for the most respected blog and its author. i am glad that blogs are recognised as serious journals of news and features.

Jilly said...

Peter, what an absolutely fabulous treat you have given us. A well-deserved invitation and we came along too! I just know you had the very best time and am so glad. Great photos you have shared with us.

Hope you've sorted the spam. That is really a nuisance.

By the way, you can delete it completely - you tick a box that says 'if you delete this it will disappear forever' - and then no one can even see you had a spam message.

Ash said...

Congratulations Peter. It's a great honour and you totally deserve it.

The hotel is amazing and the pictures are making me drool. Thank you so much for sharing!

Nathalie said...

What? More champagne? You can have that at home any day LOL

Just kidding - It's only because I'm jealous. Do you think travel onion will run a similar event in Avignon? I wouldn't mind being invited there. (travel onion people if you read me...) :-)

Anyway, congratulations for being among the chosen. I'm not surprised though, yours is a truly fine blog.

Jennyphoria said...

Nice article and great photos! It was a very fun time and lovely to have met you.

Maria Isabel Olmedo said...

A few days at the the Ritz is just what my doctor recommended the other day!

I´m happy to know you were given such a treat. Your photos are breathtaking! Thank you, Peter.



















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