Travel journalist and fellow nomad Paul Rubio guest-blogs this week on Worldview, sharing some of his favorite places on the planet. Every day will feature a new destination … Enjoy! —D.N.
Plaza Athénée, Paris – Of the 40 internationally recognized 5-star hotels scattered throughout the City of Light, a select few garner global reverence, none more so than the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, backdrop for Carrie Bradshaw’s ephemeral Parisian life in the final episodes of Sex and the City. For nearly 100 years, Athénée has reigned as a celeb-stacked paragon with the likes of Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy patronizing the iconic Haussmann masterpiece. The hotel is universally recognized for its geranium-clad exterior, 1,900 luminous red flowers spread over 380 baskets on guest room windows. Hotel guests and well-camouflaged impostors stroll the premises dressed to kill in haute couture and oversized sunglasses.