Do some sport. But not any sport. Do some golf.
Counting only 450,000 licensed golf players, France has a fair way to go, especially considering that its English neighbour holds 7 million players. Not all that surprising really, given that this sport was born on the other side of the Channel. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on competition days, with 30 teachers available, this public club offers lessons from € 30. No entrance fees or subscriptions are required for entry.
More details on http://www.golfduboisdeboulogne.fr/
On time with the Rolex Lady DateJust 31.
Whatever you might say about Sarkozy, you can't accuse him of being unfashionable. Producing some 800,000 timepieces per year, leading watchmaker Rolex is as up to date as ever. The wide, flat chains of this model's steel-and-gold watchband is a timeless hymn to passion and seduction. But will the Lady Date Just 31 prompt women to start being on time for their dates?
The Lady Date Just 31 by Rolex, available on Internet and in stores, from € 2700.
Montblanc pens, the summit of chic.
"Writing is breathing," once said Julien Green, the first non-French person to be elected as a member of the prestigious Académie Française institution. And this rhodium-plated 14-carat gold pen will glide on paper so elegantly that it may well inspire you to literary greatness.
Available in rollerball or fountain pen versions, these German-made writing instruments, guaranteed for two years by Montblanc, remain musts for those whose signatures count.
In midnight black: ballpoint pen (€ 245), rollerball convertible into felt-tip marker (€ 245) and 14-carat fountain pen (€ 325). Available in Montblanc stores.
Discover… raw goodness at the Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse.
Behind its appearance of simplicity, the new menu of the Hotel Le Meurice's restaurant is simply radical. This is intensely subtle cuisine, described by Alain Ducasse as "raw", in which every dish resonates with flavour. "The product is the hero, and through it, all producers who produce with passion. The approach is unwavering. For example, lobsters will only feature on the menu if they are delivered alive." This is how the multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse illustrates the philosophy of his new restaurant in the First Arrondissement of Paris, that he has been heading up since 9 September. Inspired by the Salon de la Paix of the Château de Versailles, the dining room impresses with its antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers, bronze and marble works, frescoes, and an incredible view, through its wide windows, of the neighboring Jardin des Tuileries. The restaurant's decor was revamped by Philippe Starck in 2007. Taste the Menu Affaires (Business Menu) at lunchtime, different every day depending on seasonal products.
Menu Affaires for € 130, lunchtime. Menu Collection for € 380, evenings. Compulsory booking. Luxury hotel Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, bookings on 01 44 58 10 10. http://www.dorchestercollection.com/fr/paris/le-meurice-hotel