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Paris Peninsula- Bar Kléber

Mark and I recently found ourselves back in Paris for two nights on either end of a quick trip to Normandy. It was a tad bittersweet to be in the city that felt like home but no longer was home. We stayed in the apartment of some good friends, the next best thing to being in our old place, which we both miss very much. But our friends’ apartment has this, which ours definitely did not, so….

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Our first night in Paris we were happy to find ourselves in the cozy Bar Kléber of the Peninsula Hotel. The hotel had thanked me for my glowing account of our visits to the rooftop bar and restaurant in July, and were gracious enough to invite us to try out the bar on the lobby level of that incredible property. How could we say non?

The evening had been rainy, so we opted to sit inside the bar rather than on the lovely, covered terrace that stretches along the imposing entrance to the hotel.
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The interior felt cozy on that damp and cool night.

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We were shown to a table for two that would have been quite romantic had our chairs not wrapped around us at shoulder level, making even holding hands a challenge. I guess they could tell we were too old for romantic. But if you’re into that kind of thing, don’t sit in the wrap-around chairs.

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Mark chose the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Kléber, while I decided on the Ramos fizz. They were as delicious as they were pretty. Mark’s donned a jaunty white feather, while mine wore a flirty purple pansy.

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Although we had  just eaten dinner at Ellsworth, we didn’t turn down the nuts and olives they brought with our drinks.

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The atmosphere of the Bar Kléber was sophisticated without being pretentious. Quiet music played in the background, never obtrusive, and adding a note of elegance. The dim lighting, although making photographs difficult, lent an atmosphere that was both discreet and inviting.  The gold gilt so prevalent throughout the elegant hotel decorated the wood paneling like frosting on a fancy wedding cake.

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Obviously there is not a ground floor bar on the planet that can compete with a rooftop view of the City of Light, but the Bar Kléber provided a warm and cozy venue for a delicious fancy cocktail on a misty night in Paris.

Merci, Peninsula, for wrapping up our day in Paris in such elegance.

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Top Of The Paris Peninsula

Mark and I had to move out of our apartment on a Friday so we had a lot of time to say goodbye to Paris before our flight home on Monday.

I had been a little bit obsessed with the Peninsula Hotel since it opened after its four-year restoration a year ago. Check out this video to see why I was so enamored of this gorgeous hotel that was restored with such attention to detail and authenticity. Even my obsession, however, could not allow me to justify the cost of a night there. We did, however, venture to the rooftop bar one afternoon, and then to the enclosed rooftop restaurant the next day for lunch.

It doesn’t cost a centime to walk into the lobby and admire the stunning glass sculpture entitled “Dancing Leaves”. The 800 hand-blown glass leaves represent the sycamore leaves that shade so many Paris streets. They appear to be blowing in the breeze and landing in the lobby, and the effect is breath-taking.

The flower arrangements were understated in a towering kind of way.

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The downstairs Bar Kleber looked so cozy. I totally kicked myself for not ever meeting Mark there. His office was just a short walk up the street.

We headed up to the roof bar on a Saturday afternoon, where the view was mighty fine but the sun was mighty hot.

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The terrace is part of the lovely l’Oiseau Blanc, a restaurant with a retractable roof, where we enjoyed an elegant lunch the following day. L’Oiseau Blanc was named after a French bi-plane that disappeared in 1927 while attempting to make the first non-stop flight between Paris and New York. The aviation theme of the restaurant is classy and not at all over-the-top.

Even making our reservation only the day before, we scored a very nice table (number 25). In face, according to a recent article in Conde-Naste, we enjoyed the nicest view of any of the tables for two. It was next to the most coveted four-person table, Table 17, in the corner. Now you can ask for them by number when you make your own reservation!

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I loved the plates even before they had any food on them.

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When I was looking up the hotel information for this post I noticed that Google describes this restaurant as “Down Home Cooking”. Hmmmm- not at my home, Google.

Here were the “Down Home Desserts”:

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I loved the little propeller on the left!

The bathroom, though keeping with the aviation theme, was nicer than any one I have ever used on Air France.

and yes, smoking

and yes, smoking “in the toilets” was strictly forbidden, just like on a real plane

Just outside the window on the far side of the restaurant was this model of l’Oiseau Blanc.

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And just off its left wing was this excellent view of the Eiffel Tower.

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If you are in the mood for some Down Home Cooking, head on over to the Peninsula Hotel and ask for Table 25. It will be a meal to write down home about.

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