Summertime In Paris
A Book Lover's Tour of the City of Light
July 16-22, 2017
The Strand invites you to join us and a small group of like-minded book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. This is not group travel as you know it; there won’t be any clambering onto busses or jamming en masse into touristy restaurants. Instead, you’ll be introduced to some of the small gems of Paris—the lesser known museums, the spectacular parks, the off the beaten track cafés.
Whether or not you’ve been to Paris before, you’ll get to know the city in a more intimate way. Each morning, you’ll choose where you’d like to go that day. Trip leaders Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell will lead us in small groups, via Metro or city buses, moving about the city like Parisians. You can spend as much, or as little, time with the group as you like.
Our trip leaders will help you choose the things you’re most interested in, and will tell you the best ways to get there. They function as both guides and as friends on the ground, depending on your needs. They’ll tell you about the city’s most enticing patisseries, confiseries, salons du thé, and the very best Paris-Brest pastry or caramels au buerre salé.
Our boutique hotel is located in the Paris neighborhood depicted so movingly in The Hare with the Amber Eyes, in the 8 th arrondissement. We will meet in a hotel salon each evening to sample French wines and discuss the days’ events, with a bit of book talk thrown into the mix. For dinner, we’ll break into small groups, depending on participants’ desires; our leaders will help with reservations. No one will ever dine alone—unless you prefer solitude!
Each day, you’ll set off with either Donna or Sheila to a different arrondissement of Paris, depending on which activity most appeals. Afternoons are free for further individual exploration. Our trip leaders will supply you with directions or point you toward any special interest you might have. Do note that, depending on weather, unexpected closings and other unforeseen events, we may amend the itinerary.
Highlights will include:
- See the neighborhoods and houses where Guy de Maupassant lived, Rodin sculpted, Rilke wrote, and Hemingway, Sartre and de Beauvoir drank and debated.
- Visit the architectural masterpieces that inspired The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and A Tale of Two Cities.
- Tour the galleries, museums and gardens for which the city and its surroundings are famous, from the magnificent Jardin du Luxembourg (featuring statues of Stendhal, Sand, Flaubert and Baudelaire), to the water lily ponds that inspired Monet, to the Eglise St. Sulpice (famed for its paintings by Delacroix, as well as the site of Victor Hugo’s nuptials and the Marquis de Sade’s baptism)--and, of course, the iconic treasures of the Louvre (the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, the French crown jewels and more)