Traveler’s Picks

by Pauline Chardin

Mar 2014

“I’m a French fashion designer and trend consultant, who, in her constant quest for inspiration, decided to travel almost as much as she can. If you ask me, I’ll say that I still spend far too much time on the internet and not enough with my camera in one hand and an amaretto in the other. I almost always travel with my husband, sometimes a little bit against his will, and often without him knowing exactly where we’re going. I generally try to cease any opportunity to take pictures, draw, cook, do the downward dog, make a joke, swim, sew and read an article about pottery. I don’t sing or drive yet, but, who knows, maybe I will in the future”.

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

In February, anywhere under the sun feels like a good idea! I might wanna add natural surroundings, a nice view, the smell of pines and ripe fruits.

The restaurant where you feel at home.

Retrò Bottega, 12 rue Saint Bernard, Paris 12. Pietro’s cuisine is so good you forget you’re in Paris.

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

The Veranda on Phu Quoc island, in Vietnam. This was our first overseas travel, and I have a fond memory of staying there on our last night in the country. After spending some time in a beach hut, the comfy bed and the beautiful interiors enchanted us.

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

It may not be specific enough, but I have this feeling about Italy that I could always come back there and be delighted again.

A dish that recently surprised you.

The makis at Rice and Fish in Paris (16 rue Greneta, Paris 2), a friend ordered for me which was great because otherwise I would never have dared to taste that delicious avocado and eel maki called the caterpillar!

A holiday place from your childhood.

The small coast town of Portiragnes, near Montpellier, in France. The village itself has absolutely no charm, but I’ve spent endless hours on the beach with my brother as a child, eating beignets and reading comic books.

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

As a kid I used to hate any kind of sightseeing, a pool and cool surroundings to explore was all I wanted, so I guess that’s what I would feel like offering!

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate, what would that be?

We stayed in a beautiful B&B in Provence a few years ago called Le Pavillon de Galon. It’s located on that corner of the Luberon that I absolutely love and has a gorgeous garden. I remember seeing on the website that the whole place can be privatized for a wedding, which looked like a dream scenario….we got married in Paris the year after, which wasn’t too bad either.

A view you will never forget.

The view on lake Takerkoust in Morocco. The peaceful waters, the blue skies and the snowy Atlas in the background are really something.

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sri Lanka. This is really a special place, where you feel close to the nature and the culture. The private pool helps too, I confess.

A place you wish it was just round the corner.

I more than often dream of a world where I could say: let’s go to the beach instead this afternoon. How great Paris would be with turquoise waters at the end of a metro line? I wouldn’t get anything done and my apartment would cost even more, so maybe that’s for the best. Maybe.


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