A Parisian stopover to remember, with Hafid

Starting a journey to Australia for a family holiday, we faced a stopover in Paris for nearly 10 hours. With two young children in tow, the prospect of spending such a stretch at the airport was discouraging. However, recalling a previous business trip to Paris and the exceptional service of my chauffeur Hafid, I reached out to him. 

Remarkably, he was nearby, having just dropped off passengers at Charles de Gaulle airport. Within minutes, we found ourselves comfortably settled in his spacious Mercedes V Class van. My wife, Lucía, was pleased to find a child booster seat for our youngest, as Hafid liked to be ready for any eventuality.

Under Hafid’s expert guidance, we enjoyed a whirlwind tour of Paris, mindful of our tight schedule. Our daughter Isabel was captivated by Paris iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, her wonderment only interrupted by our chauffeur’s thoughtful gesture of offering her a small bag of sweets. 

Our time in Paris was brief but memorable. Lucía fulfilled her dream of purchasing a coveted handbag along the Champs-Élysées, and we all enjoyed the exquisite French cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurant Benoit, following Hafid’s recommendation. 

Returning to Charles de Gaulle Airport with minutes to spare before our departure to Melbourne, I expressed my gratitude to Hafid for his prompt assistance and attentive care. As we bid farewell to him, I couldn’t help wishing to meet him again, perhaps during my next business venture to Paris.

“In Paris, every journey, no matter how brief, holds the potential for enchantment and discovery. I take pleasure in guiding my passengers through the city’s wonders.”

Uncover Paris's top-tier venues, endorsed by Hafid:

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    Chez Julien

    A romantic and historic restaurant known for its traditional French bistro fare. 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004 Paris, France.

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    Galerie Kamel Mennour

    A contemporary art gallery showcasing innovative artworks in a minimalist space. 47 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France.

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    Le Bar du Bristol

    An elegant bar offering a refined atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails at Le Bristol Paris. 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France.

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    A historic department store known for its wide selection of luxury brands and impressive architecture. 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France.

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    Maison Assouline

    A luxurious bookstore offering beautifully crafted books, art, and antiques. 35 Rue de Beaune, 75007 Paris, France.

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    Pershing Hall

    A hotel with a stunning vertical garden and a reputation for upscale modern cuisine. 49 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris, France.

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    The flagship store of this legendary perfumer, offering bespoke fragrance services. 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.

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    A chic nightclub near the Champs-Élysées, known for its stylish interior and vibrant nightlife. 3 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris, France.

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    An elegant restaurant offering classic French cuisine and a renowned wine list. 15 Rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris, France.

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    The flagship Baccarat boutique featuring exquisite crystal glassware and home decor items. 11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris, France.

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