48 Hours: Paris


While many hotels serve as a place to anchor your luggage and to place your head on a pillow, Le Narcisse Blanc is not one of those hotels. When you cross the threshold into its rooms, even the most frequent of travelers can be gobsmacked. It may very well have the nicest hotel rooms we've ever stayed in. In fact, the rooms are so elegant, that we took pains to not disturb them too much and removed are shoes and neatly put away our belongings. It's Parisian chic done meticulously well. And if that weren't enough, the have a very nice spa and swimming pool that one should definitely take advantage of. 


There's no shortage of great bakeries in Paris, but arguably the best croissant is the one nearest to you. Rest assured Douceurs et Traditions, a five minute walk from Le Narcisse Blanc, has fabulous croissants. The bakery was rated as the number three best croissant maker in 2014

Dinner: Keziah

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France has a rich tradition of ethnic North African cuisine which is often overlooked. Don't make that same mistake. Keziah has incredible Moroccan cuisine served in an informal, family friendly, atmosphere. Be sure to order the tajine, and the bastilla. And of course finish the meal with some traditional Moroccan mint tea.

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REVIEW: Leibal Travel Clock

Leila began life as a design blog, but since 2012 it has maintained a curated online shop of a variety of beautiful and minimalist items. One such item, the Leibal Travel Clock caught our eye. 

We recently had the chance to play around with the travel clock. The clock is powered by AA batteries and thankfully does not make a very discernible tick-tock noise. The genius feature of the clock is that it can easily be rotated by spinning the clock around 360 degrees. For example, you set the time per your desire time zone, and then if you would like to see the time Seoul or Islamabad, you simply rotate the clock to that particular city. 

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6 Tips for Traveling

Tips before you take off.

Tips before you take off.

At Lyf Consul, we are experienced travelers, whether in the Americas, Africa, Asia, or Europe. We wanted to share with you 6 tips:

  1. Pack 24 hours before you need to leave. Then the night before, try to pull at least one thing out. (For some of us this is near impossible, since we pack hours before we need to do so. Who enjoys packing?)
  2. Especially if traveling internationally, check one bag in. Make sure that you don't need anything from it when you arrive as bags can get lost or delayed. But ditching at least one bag will make your travel more convenient.
  3. Pack for the boardroom and the streets. Pack a pair of jeans and a pair of sneakers.
  4. Pack some clothing that can crossover in a formal and informal setting. Some travelers suggested the Arc'teryx Veilance Field Jacket.
  5. Pack light and do laundry.
  6. Carry your essentials. For some its a travel steamer, for others its a vest with many pockets, and for others its a down jacket that doubles as a pillow. Figure out what it is for you

REVIEW: Tom Bihn: The Best Bags You’ve Never Heard Of

What Sinn is for watches, or BMW is for cars, Tom Bihn is for travel bags. To put it simply, Tom Bihn has thought of (nearly) everything and designs and manufactures arguably the highest quality travel bags period under his eponymous brand name, and they’re all made in right here in America, in Seattle, WA. Tom Bihn’s meticulous attention for detail and the highest quality materials are self-evident for anyone who’s bought one of his bags, but for those of you that haven’t the company’s video here gives some insight into how Tom Bihn bags are made:

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