Mr. Basu’s at Le Grand Hotel, Paris

52 thoughts on “Mr. Basu’s at Le Grand Hotel, Paris”

  1. Beautiful photos! I have often walked past Le Grand Hotel (on my way to the opera), but never went inside the hotel or the Café de la Paix.

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    1. Merci! The hotel was designed by the same architect behind the Palais Garnier, as it happens. I think the Café de la Paix is not a bad idea for a drink, if you have time on your next visit. It does feel like you have stepped into the sets of an old movie there.

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  2. Who doesn’t love Paris? It always looks and feels such an elegant place, all its nooks and crannies crammed with history. What a wonderful hotel! There are times when frankly minimalism just doesn’t cut it and this is one of those occasions. Fab photos as always.

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    1. It did feel so special, Sheree, thank you. As one looking in from the outside, the entire experience had a tinge of an old world glory. The only other experience which we have had and that can compare with it is The Amstel hotel in Amsterdam. xx

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    1. Thank you Marie. 🙂 It was a stay we had our eyes on, if just to experience something new. Paris is always a good idea, is that not what they say? xx

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  3. Oh how wonderful, you took me straight back there. And you’re right Arundhati, no matter how many times I visit Paris, I am always dazed by its elegance. being there at Christmas time gives it a whole different feel too. Wonderful memories for sure. Xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! You know what I mean. I still miss those mornings of stepping out into those lovely cobbled streets and walking around aimlessly, just surrounded by gorgeous architecture that made the heart trill. Ah to live in Paris! xx

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    1. Give me anything. 😀 I shall love either. But yes, it did feel very Parisian, this hotel. Like an older world that I have only read about and watched in movies. So it was special. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you! Kind words. What would we do without a bit of Paris once in a while. I could actually do with it all the while, but well, reality intrudes.

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      1. It is used in Hindi as well. 🙂 In Arabic, which was spoken in Oman, I remember it as ‘shukran’.

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      2. Shukriya does come from Arabic. All the way to Morrocco. In Algeria I think it is spelled Choukrane. 🙂
        Good. Now I know another word in Hindi.
        (How is it in Bengali?)

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      3. Fascinating – the tweaking of the word.

        In Bengali, it is ‘dhonyobad’. There is a Hindi synonym for shukriya — dhanyavad. The Bengali word is similar to it, both clearly derivatives of Sanskrit.

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      4. Any time, Brianji. I do love them too. The origins of words, the way they are adapted to different cultures, the way they travel…the works.

        Hope you are having a chilled weekend too. No snow. Only bright sunshine now and a lovely time of experimenting with Sichuanese cooking in the kitchen. 🙂

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      5. Sichuanese cooking sounds deli. 🙂
        Chilled? No. We have entered Mexico’s best season. Sun, no rain for 3-4 months. Our “monsoon” starts around May till Sept-October. So this is really the most pleasant season.

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  4. Such a delight, so loved the article! Felt I was there out and about. Have gathered pointers for my trip and yes as Mr Basu but without the bubbly rising in anybody’s heart 😀

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  5. Wow, that is some ballroom! Could spend ages admiring all the architectural details. And I might be wrong, but is that the Pantheon in your first pic? Keep thinking “yes it is, no it isn’t” playing on my mind.

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    1. It is a Church. La Madeleine. I would also be confused too.

      It is easy to get lost in the midst of such beauty, isn’t it? Never mind the gawping.

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  6. You have painted the quintessential picture of Paris—its elegance, romanticism and old world charm. What a beautiful treat. I’d like to go back in time and dance in that opulent ballroom (in a gorgeous gown of course). Speaking of gorgeous, you do look the part of elegant Parisienne in that lovely coat. Your descriptions and evening photos are dreamy. I laughed at your Mr. Basu explanation as this has happened to Mike too. I kept my name (you’d think I’d want to get rid rid of such an odd name but I feel the same way about it being part of my identity).

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    1. It’s not an odd name at all! It’s cute and I fancy that it suggests you live life big.

      And thank you for the lovely compliments, Caroline. It’s difficult to leave Europe behind. I hear you on the ballroom-and-gown front. It would be loverly! xx

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    1. Thank you, Maha. The cafe would be a nice place to swing by, and if you are at it, the ballroom too. Hope you are enjoying the remnants of this Sunday. xx

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    1. Thank you Amor. Apologies for the delayed response…got busy with house guests but hoping to jump back in. Hope you have been well. xx

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