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Slow Traveler: Judith Ritchie, author of the city guide “300 reasons to love Paris”

Judith Ritchie 300 raisons daimer paris

You live in…
I spend my time between my cottage in Saint-Donat area, Montreal in Villeray neighborhood and Paris.

Your job…
I am writer, speaker and founder of the website JolieSoul.com.

While traveling, you enjoy listening to…
I love listening to indie folk during road trips and chill-out music. I choose my music very carefully; it’s like a wellness musical hygiene. I am convinced that song lyrics have a positive or negative impact on our soul. I always choose music with up-lifting messages. Among my favorite, there’s Into the Mystic (Van Morrisson), Love is (Adam Cohen), I have a dream (ABBA) and all the songs of Celine Dion. Oh, love!

Judith Ritchie

Best travel advice…
Check-in online. Choose your seat in the plane. Breath.

If you had a sabbatical year…
I would write my next book, do some yoga retreats and visit places with a high energetic level, across the world.

A fashion item always in your suitcase…
…one or two colorful scarfs and my spiritual rocks from Morocco. So I can feel grounded anywhere in the world and give a stylish touch to my yoga look or my travel outfit.

Best travel partner…
My audio headset: Frends Layla Oil Slick.

Judith’s Slow Paris Guide

Two hotels…
Solar Hotel, completely renovated in 2014. It’s high-end but affordable hotel.  The rooms are on a “white area”, meaning there is no WIFI during sleeping time. Régent’s Garden, close to the Champs Elysées. It’s a 4-star eco-friendly hotel; all the bathroom accessories and products have the European “Ecolabel”. Duvets are made of sustainable cotton and coffee and tea are ethically sourced.

hotel solar paris

 

A restaurant…
La REcyclerie, a former railway station transformed into a sustainable development hub, in the 18th district. The coffee shop offers a 100% local menu, with lots of vegetarian options. Outside, you can visit the urban farm, the hive and the vegetable garden shared by the community.

la recyclerie paris 18

A place to visit…
The Seine banks. There’s nothing more pleasant than a stroll along the river.  You can admire the beautiful architecture, listen to the sounds of water and check the riverboats. Buy a little bottle of wine, a bit of “paté”, a baguette and sit down to enjoy the sunset. People around you kiss, hug and enjoy life. Slow life, indeed!
pique-nique-sur-les-quais-de-seine

A coffee shop…
All the coffee shops in Paris have a “slow” touch. Taking the time to enjoy coffee and chat for hours about life is what “being Parisian” is all about.  I love Le Pain Quotidien at “Palais Royal” for its bay windows with views on the gardens, great organic food and free WIFI.

Le-pain-quotidien-Melanie-Denizot

A bar…
The champagne rooftop of Raphael Hotel. Order a glass of champagne and some macaroons and admire the magnificent views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Nestled among rose bushes, this intimate bar is a very well kept Parisian secret. I can’t even imagine the number of lucky ladies who said  “yes” on this terrace.

terrace-bar-view-eiffel-tower-hotel-raphael-paris

A wellness place…
Guerlain Institute. It’s the essence of refinement, in synch with the DNA of the Guerlain perfume house and located at 68, Champs-Elysées. The boutique is amazing and what’s even more interesting is that nobody knows that on the 3d floor one can have access to the wellness salon, with its natural orchid vegetal installation, tailored beauty services, the « Secret of the Queen » cabin and its marble wall…There, time stops, your heart is in Paris, and you’re surrounded by magic.

institut guerlain paris

Photo credits : Judith Ritchie’s Instagram, Solar Hôtel, , Google photos Melanie Denizot, Hôtel Raphaël, Institut Guerlain.

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