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Hotel Jules & Jim Paris

Le Marais, my favorite neighborhood of Paris, feels worlds away with its historic cobblestone streets and courtyards tucked away. Walk down an unassuming road that feels like an alleyway (called Rue des Gravilliers) and you’ll discover Hotel Jules & Jim.

When you walk in, it feels like an art gallery — this hotel loves art! Local photographers and art exhibitions are featured here which gives the hotel a fashionable, swanky feel. There are only 23 rooms and provide soundproof walls, Molton Brown products and the most amazing waterfall shower. Ahh, give me a good shower and I’m happy. The design is simple and modest with materials like wood, glass and stone.

The bar is their highlight–a fun open-spaced courtyard to have a drink or do it the French way with some smokes. Fira loved running around and saying hi to the bartenders! By the way, just a few meters down from the hotel is an organic juice shop called Wild & The Moon — turmeric ginger shots? Yes pls!

Rooms start at $200. Pet fee 20€/day.


Bulldog made by the french artist Laetitia de Gaulle. She makes frenchies too! Take a peek at her website/portfolio. I especially love her dreamy collages.


Mama Shelter Paris

“Forget the Eiffel Tower and ignore the Champs Elysees. The young, the weird and the beautiful wine, dine and, er, rendezvous here in the 20th – arrondissement.”Inside The Travel Lab.

Mama says hello.

This Philippe Starck-designed hotel is trendy, fun and perfect for those conscious of their budget. Depending on when you book, the rooms start at 90 to 150 euros and pets are just 25€/day. For the small price, you do get a lot: free WIFI + in-room movies, a hip restaurant with delicious menu + drinks, pizzeria and a rooftop bar for the design crowd. But note: you’ll probably be spending the rest of your budget on transportation. Being that it’s located in East Paris (with not much else around), the metro is a 15 minute walk and 15 minute train ride to central Paris. I ended up taking Ubers everyday which took about 20 minutes and also added up!

I did enjoy my stay and loved the Mama branding. Lotions with “Mama Wants To Cream You Up” and olive oil labeled “Virgin Mama”? Chic. Mama Hotels are also extremely dog-friendly. I brought Fira inside the indoor restaurant multiple times and everyone was so friendly bringing water bowls for her. They didn’t even mind her sitting on a chair once. I’m so used to USA where dogs are never allowed inside eateries!

The rooms are simple and cozy with dark carpet and black + cement walls. I’m currently writing this during my last night here before I check into another hotel tomorrow and feeling really hermit-ish in the plush bed. Another Uber to the center is not calling my name. Gonna take advantage of my day off and being a little removed in East Paris is just the right place to do it.

frenchie in hotel bed

frenchie in hotel bed

Airlines Flying to London England That Allow Dogs

how to fly to england with dog

Wondering how to bring a dog into England?

Because England is technically an island, this country has strict laws and no dog can enter the country IN-CABIN, unfortunately. Pets can only enter the country via cargo, which means underneath the plane.

Well, that’s tricky if you have Frenchies like me, because French bulldogs are also banned from being in cargo. If you have a snub-nosed breed you need to fly into a country in the EU (France, for example) and travel to England on the channel/ferry.

But for those dogs who are not brachycephalic (flat-nose) breeds and can go in cargo, you can fly directly from US to England on United + British Airways.

If you have the means, another option is Jet Pets (based in Los Angeles).  They can help you with travel arrangements for your pet to almost any international destination, customs and take care of overnight accommodations, if needed, for your pet.

Once you have the airline chosen and tickets booked, make sure you have all your forms. Head to the official USDA page to find out the requirements and print out your forms.

For England, your pup needs an ISO compliant microchip (15 digits), rabies vaccination, health certificate from an accredited vet, stamped by USDA office and finally, a tapeworm treatment within 5 days of traveling.

More helpful links:

How To Travel to England With Your Dog

Wondering if you can fly with your dog to England?

England has been the toughest country to figure out how to fly into.

Because it’s technically an island, England has strict laws and no dog can enter the country IN-CABIN. Pets are allowed into the country if they fly cargo, underneath the plane.

Well, that’s tricky for me if you have Frenchies like me, because French Bulldogs are banned from being in cargo. So, another adventure ensues… if you have a snub-nosed breed, you need to fly into a country in the EU (France, for example) and travel to England on the channel/ferry.

Our friends Coco + Elle did it and explain the process in this post (click here). We will also be doing it next Spring — we’ll fly into Paris and most likely rent a car or do a rideshare. Eurostar does not allow dogs on train.

But for those dogs who are not brachycephalic (flat-nose) breeds and can go in cargo, you can fly directly from US to England.

Coco moved to London from NYC so keep reading for her tips and what to do.

Preparing your dog for international travel can be stressful on you and your dog, but if you are even considering doing it, start your research. England requires a microchip, rabies certificate in blue ink by the administering vet and get a tapeworm treatment within five days of flying.

Being a rabies-free country, the U.K. government has to pre-approve your dog’s paperwork. You will also have to pay a landing fee, which was £366 as of April 2017.

All of the paperwork must be stamped by the USDA. They used to allow this at JFK, but have now passed that responsibility on to Albany. Fortunately for me, once we moved to the UK, I had all the paperwork necessary for Elle to get a Pet Passport, (which can only be issued in the U.K. and E.U.), so I no longer have to fill out an inch worth of paperwork or go to Albany.

While paperwork can be a headache on the way to England, it is a huge advantage for how easy it is to take your dog to the US.

The US requires a “fit to fly” certificate from the vet coming from the U.K. They will also inspect your dog’s pet passport, which lists all the relevant rabies vaccinations history.

New York’s JFK has a green potty space that could be slightly closer to the terminal exit, but it close enough. I keep poop bags tucked in Elle’s dog carrier, a bowl and food for when we exit.

I also try to book a flight that looks less full (better chance to get an empty seat next to you!) and a red eye, so she doesn’t have to miss a meal time.

I suggest booking a flight with a U.S. owned airline when traveling to or from London.

They are used to having dogs. Do the leg work. No matter how many articles you read, it is up to you to research their pet policy. Confused? Pick up the phone. Most U.S. operated carriers allow you to bring a dog up to 20 pounds. List of airlines that allow dogs in-cargo to London here

It is a mystery to me why you have to call an airline after booking an international flight to make sure there is room for your dog on the plane, but if you ring them first you can check on it in advance of booking.

Again, most airlines have a limit on how many dogs they can accommodate on the plane. You will need a dog carrier for your pet to travel.

Fortunately when you arrive in London, you will find dogs do not have to be in carriers on public transport, however you will have to hold them on escalators. 

If your dog is not used to being in a carrier, start practicing. Testing how your pet does on a shorter flight to start is a good way to get them comfortable. Although a dog carrier and airplane seat may seem a small space for a dog, don’t forget they like the cave feeling and feel cozy and safe. 

WIN a 2-night Stay at Ojai Valley Inn + Golf, Breakfast + More

The Most Dog Friendly Place On Earth?

Of all the places in the world, I think Weston + Fira’s favorite place is here… Ojai Valley Inn. Around 5-6pm, Weston starts getting antsy, paces around and stares at us begging to go to the Inn. Once we get there, they shoot out, running full-force through the grass and I get the feeling they feel the most free… the most wild (haha) and happiest.

I partnered with Ojai Valley Inn to give one winner a 2-night stay at the hotel, golf for two, a Somadome session (a really cool meditation pod for one at the spa) and breakfast for two!

What are some of the features the hotel offers? Let’s see…

220 sprawling acres to explore… and no weight restrictions for pup-guests.


Making s’mores at the fire pits.


Free Linus bikes to rent…


Get in touch with your creative side at the Artist’s Cottage!


We also made a mini film called Ojai Dreamin’ that I had so much fun making. I think it embodies my experiences in Ojai… also discovered one of my new favorite songs from a band called Valaska – Golden Age.

Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Shari Alexander!

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Good luck!

Official Rules:

Ends October 18, 2017. No purchase necessary. Winner will receive a voucher for two night stay at Ojai Valley Inn property, golf package for two, one somadome, breakfast for two (up to $60). Must redeem Sunday-Thursday and by October 20, 2018. Winner will be notified by email on October 20th. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.


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