La Fayette Gourmet, Paris

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I am a foodie… So this is a must visit place for me…

La Fayette Gourment is a speciality food market, where You will find gourmet speciality food shops from the best food brands around.

They also have fast food stands where you can grab a quick lunch or dinner.

If you love sweet, you are in heaven for some of the best sweet under one roof…

Alain Ducasse Chocolate…Pierre Herme…L’Eclair de  Génie and more…


Just love love this place 🙂

Visited 2015 April


Hotel Banke, Paris

Europe Fun, Mel Around the World

Hotel Banke is a small 5 stars boutique hotel in the Paris opera district, less than 5 minutes to more than 3 metro stations.

Few minutes walk to Galeries Lafayette or Opera Garnier.

Great great location!!!

The hotel is transformed from an old bank building from the 20th century.  I love the old architecture with a twist of modern interior design.  The hotel lobby glass ceiling looks stunning!

Contemporary room design…

Nice stay.

Cleanliness 4/5

Bed comfort level 3.5/5

Service 4/5

Value 4/5 (got it on sale from Expedia with the flight)

Location 4.5/5

Other to consider:  

Toilet and shower were in separate rooms..

Bathroom towels were extra soft 🙂

No coffee machine in the room, but received a big bottle of evian water and truffle chocolates on the first night!


Stayed 2015 April

W Hotel in Barcelona 

Europe Fun, Mel Around the World

Hubby and I stayed at the W hotel in our trip to Barcelona.  The hotel has a stunning view overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean sea.

Our experiences with W Barcelona was Wonderful!  Friendly staffs, conveniently located (bus stop just outside of the hotel) and most important, the spectacular room in the hotel.

We will definitely stay at this hotel again!

Visited 2010 December