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Take A Walk ...

All the world’s greatest cities are wonderful walking cities, and Paris is one of the best.

The 6th arrondisment, posh St.Germain-des-Pres, is my personal favorite. Take a walk down any of it’s leading streets and discover a treasure trove. Rue du cherche Midi, for example, hosts Poilane, one of Paris best bakeries, shoe stores galore. When there’s a sale, I stock up on triangular change purses in a rainbow of colors that make great gifts. There’s a chocolatier on the street that will tempt you also.

Other high profile streets in the area: antique heaven on Rue Du Bac and Rue de Grenelle, home to my favorite clothing boutique.

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Pulse of Paris

Sept 24-Sept 28 2016; a 5 night romp through all of Paris’ iconic monuments and attractions

HIGHLIGHTS: Iconic Paris with a difference:
...New: History of Paris orientation lecture
… The Louvre with Tuilleries and Monet’s masterpieces at the Orangerie
… Picnic style lunch at the Eiffel Tower
… Luxury Spa treatment at the Four Seasons
… Montmartre through the lens of lunch at 3 different restaurants
… Hidden Treasures: Angels in Architecture

 

Galliera Museum just opened after years of renovations
it is devoted to fashion and fashiion history

Relax at the Fountain on side of
Eglise Saint Suplice

The 6th arrondisment where our hotel is located is our center of the universe in Paris. Convenience is key with the Louvre and other outstanding museums within walking distance plus our favorite shopping and restaurants.

Chocolate becomes Art, Carmel Flled Bon Bons
glisten at Hugo & Victor a few steps from our hotel

Elegant chocolate pie topped with citrus
and grapes at Hugo & Victor

PULSE OF PARIS ITINERARY:

Day 1
Arrive in Paris, transfer on your own to our hotel, located in the prestigious 6th arrondissement.  In our opinion, this is the best location in Paris, within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping, and museums (near Musee D’Orsay, a short bus ride to the Louvre or a short walk to several jewels of smaller museums).   

We always keep activity to a minimum on your day of arrival.  

Bus tour that whizzes us around Paris to visit all the important arrondisements and monuments. It’s a great orientation to Paris.

Day 2

Imagine if you can the history of Paris from its origins in 53AD through the Renaissance to Napoleon 111, then on to construction of the Grand Boulevards to Paris as  capital of the arts and fashion and Paris as it becomes City of Light. This morning lecture brings you an overview of Paris that will increase your enjoyment and undersanding of Paris.

Afternoon: Angels in Paris - Rosemary Flannery, author of Angels in Architecture, takes us on a walking tour through the ages of Paris architecture, with a focus on sculpted angels, perched atop theatres, chapels, private mansions. The walk begins at the Fontaine St. Michel, past a couple of gardens and ending at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Angels in Architecture

Day 3

 Morning:

WRITERS IN PARIS: David Burke authour of this new book, will lead us on a tour of the St. Germaine des Pres area, chronically many of the writers who hung out in its cafes and lived here including Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Colette, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Hemingway, James Joyce and many others.

Lunch at the Eifel Tower

Picnic Lunch at 58 in the Eiffel Tower Facing the Tracadero - Delicious Pasta Entre'

Afternoon spa treatment at the beautiful spa at the Four Seasons Hotel.  We include a deluxe warm manicure (cost $116) or a deluxe warm pedicure (cost $130). Either is included in the tour price. You might prefer a more expensive treatment such as a facial or a massage.  Just figure these treatments are twice the cost of a manicure (you would get a credit of $116 toward another treatment).

Fours Seasons Hotel

Spa Treatment at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel

Day 4

11am …Montmartre Moveable Feast…Lunch at 3 restaurants samplimg food from 3 different regions of France with accompanying wines. Lively background info of Monmartre where Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh lived and worked. End at Sacre Coeur church and the colorful Place du Tertre filled with artists and their paintings for sale.

Falls Bounty
Wild Mushrooms & More

Moveable Feast First Stop
Charcuterie Platter

Best Dessert Crepe Ever
Apples, Carmel, and Creme

Evening…Cruise on Seine

Day 5

Marais Walking Tour with David Burke…the incomparable Place des Voges with the tiny Victor Hugo museum, a treasure. Madame de Sevigne at the Carnavalet , this museum chronicles the fascinating  history of  Paris during the 17 & 18th centuries. The disappearing Rue des Rosiers, a Jewish enclave is quickly losing its identity to boutiques.

 

Victor Hugo Museum & the Authur's Bedroom

Day 6

Return home or stay on your own for an extra day or two. I urge you to stay on. I will help you plan any extra days.

Possible Itinerary changes depending on Vendor Availability and scedules.

Cost
$3250 (USD) includes hotel for 5 nights. Single occupancy, no single supplement. Your own private room without an extra charge. Hotel rates are higher in October and our hotel has upgraded a few rooms that are spacious. One room has a small balcony with a tiny view of the Eifel Tower. We also include 2 lunches: Eiffel Tower and Montmartre Moveable Feast counted as 2 dinners, most activities mentioned in itinerary.

Not included: airfare, airport transports, meals not mentioned, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, café stops, wine and alcoholic beverages. Evening entertainments that could include concerts, jazz with David Burke as our guide, lectures, etc. Several of our destinations are easy to reach by a comfortable bus ride. If the group wants to take a taxi,our preference , the fare will be shared, making the trip more affordable and comfortable. See Paris Feast, a follow up culinary tour that follows Pulse of Paris.

Itinerary is subject to change due to vendors schedules and
several other factors..