What's New In Paris
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a Trip with Politics & Prose
Sunday, May 28 - Saturday, June 3, 2023
Optional Extension, Saturday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 6, 2023
If you haven’t been to Paris in the last several years, there’s so much new in the city that we’ve designed a whole trip around it. New museums have been created; old ones revamped and remodeled. And some places have only recently been open to the public at all.
In this trip, you’ll join other people who like you are readers and curious about the changing city – in exploring everything that’s new. We’ll visit the latest art museum to open: the Bourse de Commerce, formerly the old stock market building, which comes back alive as the Pinault Collection in a dramatic design by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
In fashion, we’ll see the very new museum La Galerie Dior, a glimpse into French haute couture and a celebration of Christian Dior’s designs and those of his successors.
Also new to the Paris region is the Maison Caillebotte, the restored home and garden of Gustave Caillebotte, one of the original Impressionist painters – most famous for his painting Paris Street: A Rainy Day. And all Paris is talking about the fabulous apartments on view at the historic Hotel de la Marine on Place de la Concorde.
Plus – since you love Paris – you’ll also have some free time to re-visit your favorite places in the City of Light.
We’ll move through the city by Metro and bus; you’ll have your own Paris Navigo pass. Our boutique hotel is located in the stylish 8th arrondissement near the Parc Monceau, said by many to be the most beautiful park in Paris. The hotel serves a full breakfast with eggs, meats, breads, pastries and fruit. Very nearby is the rue de Lévis, a market street full of cafés, patisseries, boulangeries, fruitiers, chocolatiers and boutique stores.
Most evenings, we’ll meet in a hotel salon to sample French wines and discuss the days’ events. For dinner, we’ll break into small groups, depending on participants’ desires; our leaders will help with reservations.
And if a week in Paris isn’t enough, there’s an optional 3-day extension for even more exploring.
Please note that, depending on weather, unexpected closings and other unforeseen events, we may amend this itinerary.
Saturday, May 27
Depart from home for your overnight flight to Paris.
Sunday, May 28
Arrive in Paris and head for the Hotel Relais Monceau. Since people will be arriving at different times, the afternoon is free. Some things we might suggest, depending on when you arrive: walking in the nearby Parc Monceau; or visiting one of the two fabulous house museums nearby: the Nissim de Camondo or the Jacquemart André. Both have restaurants for delicious lunches. Or, if you haven’t yet been, visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in a dramatic Frank Gehry-designed building.
6:00pm. Meet for wine and orientation in the hotel salon.
Monday, May 29
10:00am We leave the hotel for Hotel de la Marine on the Place de la Concorde. Until the French Revolution, it housed the furniture and decorative arts for the king’s palaces, including the crown jewels (stolen during the revolution). Lavish apartments served the superintendent who lived there. Later it became the headquarters of the French Navy, and its ballroom hosted such events as Napoleon’s coronation ball. Only recently has it returned to its former glory, with spectacular views over the Place de la Concorde.
If you like, you can have lunch at the Café Lapérouse in the beautiful courtyard. Afterwards, you might want to stroll through the Tuileries garden or shop on the nearby rue St. Honoré.
6:pm. Meet in the hotel salon for wine and conversation.