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Little wonders: Paris’s loveliest small hotels, as recommended by FT readers

Original FT Article FT readers JULY 12 2021 This article is part of a g uide to Paris from FT Globetrotter Whether you’re visiting Paris for business or for pleasure, there’s a hotel to suit your style, interests and itinerary. From cool boutique hideaways to the ultra-luxe grandes dames, travellers here are spoiled for choice. But in a city set up to accommodate more than 30m tourists per year — with more than 2,000 hotels to choose from — narrowing down the list of options can be overwhelming. So we asked FT readers to share their favourite small but perfectly formed hotels in the French capital. Here are a few. The full Conti H ôtel Prince de Conti , a small hotel in the Latin Quarter close to the Seine, is within walking distance of the Louvre, Notre-Dame and other nearby sights. The rooms are distinct: each one is different, and there’s also a lovely interior courtyard. With very helpful staff, the hotel is quirky in the good sense. It offers a morning breakfast and a light select

Big Bear California

 We went during 4th of July 2021 (Summer).  It was pretty hot like 80 F. Scenic Skychair lift (round trip) costs around 29$ + tax for adults.  It's actually the same ski lift used during winter, but it's a long mile up to the top of the mountain. Once you get on top, there's a restaurant that you can get burgers etc but more importantly, they have trails to go around and has  great view of the lake and the mountains.  Mountain Sky Loop had view of the mountains while part of the Ski Ridge Trail had a view of the Lake so we did a short one going to the Ski Ridge Trail and went back to to the Mountain Sky loop to finish it.  We probably did around 3 miles or less. Food Tropicali Apparenlty, Ranked 15th Best Restaurant in America by YELP # 1 in Cali by USA Today ( yelp ).  This place is affordable but really good Hawaiian food.  It's a family owned business and the folks there are pretty cool and they spen

Red Flame Artesia

This is one of the many places that sever personal hotpots like Boiling point etc.  Price is 12.95 for all kind of hotpots.  They also have steaks and ramen unlike the other places.  Food is quite good but they don't have the sauces that I like for my hotpot.

Peter Schabarum Regional Park, Colima Rd, LA County

Parking: There is a parking fee of 7 dollars, otherwise, you can park outside or along the streets towards the park. A lot of picnic places and quite nice to walk around, and connects to the more hilly side of the park on the south side.

The Nest: A Breakfast Joint, Cerritos, Los Angeles

This place seems to be quite busy and crowded.  Went here on a Sunday (May 16, 2021, at 10AM) and they told us to wait for 90 minutes.  We got it for an hour. Good thing is you can sign up and just come back.  Also, seems like you can sign up for WAITLISTING via YELP so just do that before heading here. Foodwise, pretty good, but nothing to wow me or for me to wait really long in line.  The "Coffee" samplers were also interesting. Coffee Sampler Mint Mojito, Raspberry Mojita, and Blackberry Mocha Quite interesting taste wise and only costs 5.50$ French Toast Small Plates - Bacon and. Waffles Short Rib with horse radish! Quite Tasty too.

Jacaranda Tree LA

Santa Ana CA W Myrtle Street is a long street and it is full of Jacaranda Trees, you will drive along Jacarandas for minutes and minutes Cerritos CA Along 183rd Street (starting from Palo Verde Intersection) has a block of nice jacaranda trees too. It is really kinda nice since that road is clear of cars and just perfect. Lakewood CA Del Amo Blvd, in between Woodruff Ave and Palo Verde Ave have Jacaranda trees, but the road is quite wide and the Jacaranda trees are on the way to the extreme left and right.. so what you see is basically a row of jacarandas near the houses on the left and row of green trees, the main street, then row of green trees, then a row of jacarandas again. jacaranda tree map Jacaranda Place, Fullterton Mountain View Place Fullerton Maertin Lane, fullerton --- Floral Park, Santa Ana Myrtle STreet Santa Ana  Head to McFadden Avenue and Garnsey Street. Linwood Avenue Santa Ana