However, I had planned for a family outing to the most mythical Parisian palace. I would be a princess if only for a second. And sure enough, walking in through the beautiful revolving door of the Hotel Crillon, I found myself immediately carried to the 18th century décor of Louis XV, with numerous types of Italian marble and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. The doorman, the flowers arrangements, the scent of luxury all transported me into another world ... if only for a minute.
Soon enough, the shoving and pushing of the people behind us brought me back to reality with a crash.
This legendary palace is closing its doors to write the next chapter of its illustrious history... not for good ... the grand reopening is scheduled for 2015. But before the final curtain call, the Parisian hotel was put on display for the public to live a piece of it's magic. We were allowed to browse through certain rooms and areas to admire the antique furniture, lamps, silver and porcelain, as well as fine wines and spirits that will be among the 3,500 lots for auction next week.
The Crillon is also known for the annual "Bal des Débutantes", a media event that brings together the daughters of celebrities, aristocrats, artists and politicians. The "Debs" make their couture and media premieres in gowns designed by French haute couture as well as French and foreign couture houses.
This is as close as I'll ever get to royalty life-style, but even that has come to an end... at least for the moment! No doubt, there will soon be a yearning for the fairy-tale to continue.
A typical Crillon suite recreated in the Salle de Marie Antoinette
Perfect place for a book nook
Bouquet and vase are a perfect match to drapes and settee
Suite reserved for artists and stars for after-concert treats
Suite Louis XV for the king who commissioned this hotel in 1758
Louis XV Bedroom Suite
The table where my friend invited me to good-by lunch before she moved back to the US
Dedication to the Comte de Crillon
What colour will the new awnings be?
Last one turn the lights off, please!