NY diary: the Caudalie Spa, a view from Chanel and other delights

After a day of cultural bliss on Museum Mile, I treated Maman Ritournelle to another pleasure: a morning of luxurious pampering at the Caudalie Spa. The perfect Mother’s Day gift! We headed to the Plaza Hotel first thing in the morning, walked through the lavish marble lobby and took the elevator up to “heaven on…

NY diary: Van Cleef, the Neue Galerie and the Guggenheim Museum

After guiding you through bustling Midtown Manhattan and its skyscrapers, it’s time to enjoy a bit of cultural bliss in calmer settings. As Maman Ritournelle is a great appreciator of art and beautiful things, I decided to treat her to three remarkable stops on Museum Mile: the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Neue Galerie and the Guggenheim.…

NY diary: Midtown Manhattan and skyscrapers

Every time I live abroad, Papa and Maman Ritournelle never fail to pay me a visit for a week or so. As they spent time with me here in New York until Friday, I took time off work in favor of my hostess duties and did not write my usual weekly post. Now that my…

Christmas in New York City Part 2: extraordinary Christmas trees and other fun finds

The holidays have come and gone and yet the Christmas spirit is still lingering in the brisk New York air. Just a couple of days ago, Washington Square still boasted a giant illuminated tree as I passed by. Following Part 1 on holiday store windows in New York, here are a few fun finds I…