The Bonjour Paris editorial team recently requested reader submissions with memories from first trips to Paris. We were overwhelmed with wonderful responses, which we are publishing in a special series. (Read other installments here.) Below, travel agent Claudette Primeau reminisces about her first trip four decades ago, and a fortuitous hotel experience.
My first trip to Paris was probably 40 some years ago and most of it is still clear to me. Being a travel agent, we receive invitations to visit different cities and I was excited to receive an invitation from Air France and the French Tourist Board to spend a long weekend in Paris. As I was in my early 20s, I didn’t fully grasp how lucky I was to be staying at the George V Hotel! I remember the beautiful antique furniture in the public areas and my bedroom. What stands out in my mind was the heated towel rack in the bathroom. I thought that was pretty special. If I only knew then how truly fortunate I was to be staying at this iconic palace hotel.
Claudette Primeau has been in the travel industry in London, Canada for over 40 years and travels extensively. She now works at Robert Q Travel and is slowly winding down to semi-retirement.