Of the many books I’ve read in planning this European Vacation, I found Passport to the Best – The 10 Best of Everything – An Ultimate Guide for Travelers, by Nathaniel  & Andrew Lande, to be very interesting an entertaining.  (I’ve borrowed it from the library on 3 separate occasions).  This blog entry is a dedication to their book.  As I read through the,  book, I developed a list of places that I have included on my list of things to do or see on my travels.  In respect to my current focus on Paris, France, below is my version of the 10 Best Things to see or do in Paris.  The location was Paris, and of course the book has many entries for this city.  I tried to pick 10 items in varying categories to list for this blog.  So enjoy and we’ll have to wait and see how many of them I get to see.

1   –   Best Gardens   –   Chateau De Versailles

          These gardens were laid out in the 17th century at the request of Louis XIV.  250 acres riddled with paths that lead to flower beds, quiet corners and ornamental lakes.  It is number one for best gardens in the world!  www.chateauversailes.fr

2  –  Best Museums – Le Louvre

         The Louve was a medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before becoming a musuem two centuries ago.  It is number two for Best Museums & Galleries in the world.

3  –  Best Tailors – Charvet – Paris, France

        The Duke of Windsor made this Parisian tailor famous.  The selection of fabrics are exquisite and beautiful.  They are listed as number three for Best Tailors in the world.

4   –    The Best Swimming Pool   –   Bristol Hotel

           Built to look like it is inside a teak yacht on the roof of a hotel in the center of Paris. An architectural original. www.hotelbristol.com.  It is number four best swimming pools in the world.

5  –  Best Perfumers – Chanel

       “Chanel No, 5” is a virtual synonym for “perfume.”   Ernest Beaux developed the perfume in the early 1920’s for designer Coco Chanel.  It was the fifth concoction for the French couturier, and she considered five to be her lucky number.  How appropriate that it should be the number five best perfumer in the world.

6  –  Best Chocolates – Valrhona

         Valrhona has been creating exceptional gourmet chocolate since 1922.  The chocolate made in the French style, comes in a variety of bars.  Valrhona was one of the first chocolatiers to describe its chocolate like wine, labeling creations as grand cru, and vintage chocolate from beans to bar.  Valrhoma is number six for best chocolates in the world.

7   –   Best Opera House   –   Paris Opera

          An imposing sight, in a city filled with architectural marvels.  A highly ornamented building with a crowning dome, along with a new frescoes on the center of the Palais Garnier’s ceiling, is nothing short of spectacular. This is the number seven best opera house in the world.

8  –  Best Watches – Cartier

        In 1904 Louis Cartier introduced his first watch, the Santos.  It was named for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont.  It was a beautiful marriage between jewelry and timepieces.  Cartier, number eight best watch in the world.

9  –  Best Patisseries – Laduree

         Considered by many to be the “quintessential Paris tea salon”, the original 1862 Laduree is acclaimed as much for its atmosphere as for its pastires.  The lush, chewy macaroons are second to none; The royal chocolats, a treat made from rum-soaked almond sponge cake and chocolate ganache, is simply divine.  Laduree, number nine best patisseries in the world.

10  –  Best of Paris – St Germain Walk

           A delightful way to pass an afternoon or early evening.  Shops, galleries, and bookstores abound.  Stop by the legendary Cafe aux Deus Magots, which attracted key figures including Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe and Andre’ Breton.  Number ten of best things to do in Paris.