eat play love

…in London, England

The city of art and architecture

Best season

Summer. With the sun setting at 8 p.m., you’ll have plenty of daylight to explore vast architecture like the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and the British Museum. The chances of rain during the summer are small, which means this is the best time of year to be outdoors in London.

Where to stay

To see London, you need to stay in London. The Mint Hotel Westminster provides you with modern amenities, contemporary design and place customer care first. As a bonus, it’s near Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Tate Modern Art Gallery, London Eye, and many more must-see places.

Where to eat

Fish and chips is one of the first dishes that come to mind when you think of London and there is no better eatery for fried haddock, chips (that is, fries), and mushy peas than the Golden Hind. Since its opening during World War One, they’re said to make the best fish and chips in London!

Where to play

A trip to London is not complete without a walk through the famous British Museum. This museum boasts over 100 exhibits filled with history, art, and artifacts that span civilizations from around the globe. Also, make some time for shopping at Harrods at Knightsbridge and Oxford Street; you’ll soon realize that you want to stay for more!

Travel advice

It may be summer in London but rain is inevitable and at any moment it can pour down with no notice. Always keep an umbrella handy.

 

...in Paris, France

The city of love and luxury

Best season

Spring. Strolling through the gardens of Versailles, shopping along the Champs Élysées, and marveling at the beauty of the sunlight hitting every plastered wall and every cobblestone on the street makes springtime the only time to visit Paris!

Where to stay

If there’s one way to experience Paris it’s to stay in a hotel that’s big on service and small in size. I suggest nothing other than Paris Hotel Montréal. You will get a personal experience that will debunk claims that French people are rude and arrogant. This hotel is ideally situated close to many popular tourist attractions such as the Champs Élysées, Orsay and Louvre museums, and the fine department store Printemps.

Where to eat

Restaurant Natraj Paris, conveniently located across the street from Paris Hotel Montréal will suit anyone’s fancy. Kebabs, saucy butter chicken, and soft naan bread greet you while sitting in this chic eatery. The walls are decorated with glamorous wallpaper and the dim lights and fast service make this the ultimate dining destination.

Where to play

To play in Paris means one thing and one thing only: shopping. Before you lose control map out shops you want to visit such as the world-famous Printemps. If you’re looking for fabulous fashions, clothes off the runway, boutique items, and gorgeous gifts, you’re
in the right city.

Travel advice

A little French can go a long way. Brush up on your basic phrases and visiting Paris will be a breeze! The locals love when travelers speak just enough French for them to try and help you get on your way! Adieu et bon voyage, mes amis!

 

…in New York City, USA

The city of fame and fortune

Best season

Winter. Rockefeller Centre’s big Christmas tree and ice rink, Macy’s moving window displays, and warm street vendor chestnuts; Nothing like Christmas in NYC.

Where to stay

The Barclay is the only place to stay when in the big apple. It is situated next to Madison Avenue and Lexington, which are known for their upscale shops and dining establishments. The grand foyer, service-driven staff, and lush rooms will keep you well rested.

Where to eat

An authentic New York-style pizza is a must on your trip. Check out Lombardi’s Pizzeria in SoHo. It offers one of the best coal oven pizzas in town and with a claim to be the first pizzeria in America, it’s worth a try!

Where to play

A trip to NYC is not complete without a trip to Macy’s where you can shop till you drop. Add to that a visit to the United Nations, a walk down Broadway, and perhaps a musical or two and I’m sure you’ll feel like you’ve seen all that this great city has to offer!

Travel Advice

Cash in pocket and camera in hand. No one goes to New York City without a camera for taking stunning pictures and extra change for cab fares when you realize walking from 48th Street to 36th Street only looks easy on a map.