We visited Paris recently in August and we stayed in this little boutique called Hotel Saint Dominique on 62 Rue Saint-Dominique. It’s located within the 7th arrondissement of Paris and you could actually see a bit of the Eiffel Tower from outside the hotel. In fact, we loved the location, 10-15 minutes walk to the Eiffel Tower and it was only a few minutes away to the nearest metro station.
We had a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel looking out onto the courtyard. It was probably better that way because the front of the hotel is on a relatively busy road so it meant it was a bit quieter during the night.
As I said at the beginning, the hotel is pretty small but I guess its like that for most Parisian hotels. The room we had was a strange shape, it had a long hallway which adjoins the bedroom on one end and the bathroom at the other.
We had to unpack the suitcases because the bedroom was pretty small. So the suitcases went under the bed and we lived out of the wardrobe. This wasn’t a problem, the wardrobe had plenty of space for the week we stayed for. The room had a pod type coffee machine which we used a few times, they do resupply the pods everyday.
Overall, my wife and I totally loved the hotel. The staff were nice and helpful when we need directions. Every morning on the way out the hotel the receptionist would ask us if we were heading out for the day, so that they could do house keeping.
We had breakfast most mornings at a bakery/cafe next door to the hotel called Le Moulin de la Vierge, it was fantastic with plenty choices of pastries and hot food. (A month or two after the holiday, we say the same bakery feature on one of those short videos on Ready Steady Cook!)
When we visited New York back in 2013, we decided to view New York city at “The Top Of The Rock” which is an observation deck on top of the Rockefeller Center. The two main reason for choosing this over the Empire State Building was one, less people and two, we get to see the Empire State Building itself. The Rockefeller Center is just a short walk from Radio City, at the bottom there is a pretty water feature, good for a photo opportunity and a number of shops for those shopaholics.
Looking down from the Top of The Rock
We arrived about 10am and there were no queues outside. Once we got inside and up to the ticket area, we only queued for about 5-10mins. Once you hace your ticket, you go up the lift and follow the route for the viewing platforms.
As you can see from the photos the view is spectacular! The morning we went on was a little cloudy and even at that, you call still see a fair bit of New York. The viewing areas were not too crowded, probably because we arrived early or, the fact it was a little foogy might have put some people off going that day. Although seeing the rooftop myself, I have to say, it is quite spacious.
Anyway, I loved the view you get from the Rockefeller vantage point and I would thoroughly recommend it.
I gave a quick review of the Swissgear GA-7343-06 backpack in July 2103. A year and a half of using it now, the exterior of the bag is still in perfect condition! The only thing to mention is the stitched on label from the velcro strap inside for the laptop compartment. The label was worn and dangling, so I tore it off. The strap itself is fine though.
Here was the video that shows the features of the bag.