Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day 9 ... CDG-ATL-JAX

After checkout, I hung out in the lobby before heading to the airport.

While I was sitting in the lobby, I noticed their amazing curtains were changing colors. They're made of woven optical fibers that continually migrate through a million colors. Propelled by LED battery tubes, these are the first ones of their kind in the world.

CDG ... flight delayed then all flights suspended by weather.

Luckily, we finally took off.

This picture is worth a thousand words! Stella had a BLAST while I was away! Thank you Pet Paradise JIA!!!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Day 8 ... My Old Stomping Grounds ... Paris

Our last breakfast at the chateau. I'm gonna miss this!

Waiting for the bullet train to Paris at Gare d'Avignon TGV.

Since I was going to be in Paris for one night, I was looking forward to seeing my old friends & staying at Hotel Passy Home, a small family owned & operated hotel I stayed in for the 15 years I covered Roland Garros. Unfortunately, it was sold about 3 years ago. Now it's a small, amazing high-end boutique hotel called Hotel FĂ©licien (this link is a great article). Here's a link to their Facebook page & their website.

Famous French clothing designer Olivier Lapidus, has used his exceptional talent to create this exquisite contemporary hotel. The design & attention to detail is like nothing I've ever seen. Simply awesome!

The breakfast room.

I want this espresso machine!

Each floor has a theme. I was on the couture floor (4th). Every room in the hotel has it's own unique design. No two rooms are alike. Check out the photo gallery on their website. The images are awesome!

Mini bar snacks.

The LED closet rod lit up every time the door opens.

I spent the afternoon walking around Paris, shooting iPhone pix.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Day 7 ... Les Baux de Provence Day Trip & Happy 50th Anniversary

A few family pix after breakfast.

We spent the day in Les Baux de Provence. The Carrieres de Lumieres laser light show was really cool.

Back to the villa for some sun & fun.

Dance party

Ping pong it the garden.

Our chef Gerard

Happy 50th Anniversary Sandy & Larry!

Michael & Emily's daughters made tickets for a slumber party in their room. No men allowed! LOL!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Day 6 ... Chillaxing at the Chateau

Bonnie, Alex & I decided to stay back at the villa instead of going to the beach with everyone else. We hung out at the pool & explored the grounds of this amazing 13th century chateau. I'd love to find out the square footage & acreage of this magnificent property.

First things first ... I stumbled across some photogenic baguettes in the kitchen!