I recently got a copy of Naughty Paris, A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City by Heather Stimmler-Hall, and had a great time, if only from the comfort of my couch, designing the perfect naughty visit to Paris. Now this is not Rick Steves travel, or the kind of trip you’d book with your mother (unless your mother is really out there), but the sort of What-happens-in-Paris, Stays-in-Paris adventure guide for a girlfriends gone wild on an unforgettable long, long weekend.
Chapters reveal hints into why Frenchmen are better lovers, where to find your hotty Frenchman, and how not to worry if you are, ahem, over a certain age. Attitude is everything. There are tips on where to stay, shop, hit the spas (okay, if I can’t take a lover, I’ll hit the spas, they sound almost as heavenly), and if you do find a lover, how to get what is called a “day use” hotel room for your amorous afternoon. Go figure, those French are smart. Day use rates are just that, you rent a decent, lovely and clean hotel room for just a few hours at a reduced rate. And not the usual dives we uncouth and unfun Americans consider for such “special” rates. When a hotel in Seattle rents by the hour, believe me, I wouldn’t care if my newfound hottie was George Clooney, I’d have my affair in the backseat of my mini-van before I’d venture into some “day use” hotel this side of the Atlantic.
But since this is all fantasy brought to life, I set aside my lover after a few hours and get back to the shopping and eating sections of the book. Or the part where I can become someone’s muse. If it comes with chocolates and wine, as well as unending adulation, I’m all over it.
I loved the rich, atmospheric photos in this book, and it is great fun to flip through the pages imagining such a trip. Also, the book comes with all kinds of tips and ideas on how to see the usual sights (the Louvre, Musee Rodin) as well as the unusual (pleasure coaching, anyone?) with a new bent, or rather a naughty outlook, that might take an ordinary adventure into a life changing one. So if you are interested in living your own romance novel, or just want to take a trip to Paris without the passport and airport encumbrances, Naughty Paris is the book for you.
Where would you like to be naughty?