|A Culinary Adventure Through Paris
October 5-14, 2011
Independent arrival Paris & Check into Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche (or similar 3 star hotel). Early check in will
be available for our guests. Afternoon: An introduction to ‘Monumental Paris’. Guests meet Sally Peabody and
Allan Kalik in hotel lobby at noon.. Then, metro #2 to the Arc de Triomphe for an afternoon walk beginning at
the Arc.. We will walk down the Champs Elysées, take a one-hour Seine Cruise, and then walk on to the Jardin
des Tuileries and the place de la Madeleine. We’ll visit the exceptional gourmet emporiums, patisseries and
boutiques lining the place including Fauchon, Hediard, Ladurée, Maille Mustard and more. We will end the day
relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, followed by early dinner (included in the tour). Early Dinner: Brasserie or
bistro du quartier easily walkable from the hotel. Free evening.
We will start the day with a visit to the superb President Wilson Market in the wealthy 16th ème. After walking
through this quintessential upscale market we’ll make a quick stop to visit the delightful Jardin Japonaise
tucked behind the annexe of the Guimet Asian Arts Museum. Next we walk to Trocadero and across the Seine
to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars. We’ll enjoy lunch at La Fontaine de Mars, just off the Champs de
Mars. Following lunch we visit the wonderful rue Cler market street and visit the famed fromagerie of Marie-
Anne Cantin and the boulangerie of Jean Luc Poujaran. We’ll complete the day with a walk back to Invalides to
relax on the esplanade. Lunch: (included in the tour). La Fontaine de Mars.
A day exploring the hip and ancient Marais and Bastille quartiers. Morning: We’ll begin the day with a walk
through the typique Place d’Aligre covered market in the 12th eme. This market expands on weekends to
include a lively small flea market/brocante and a fruit and vegetable market with an African influence. We’ll point
out noteworthy bakeries, bistros and wine bars surrounding this quintessential neighborhood Paris market.
Then we will walk over to the large and top quality Richard Lenoir market running along Boulevard Richard
Lenoir. This high-quality market is one of the largest in Paris, animated, extensive and lively with wonderful
fresh and prepared food and more--- including great buys on gift items such as scarves, soaps, leather goods.
Next, we explore the Marais via a walking tour of this marvelous quartier. We’ll walk via the rue St. Antoine, to
visit the beautiful Place des Vosges. We will explore prime shopping and gallery street, the rue des Francs
Bourgeois, and the atmospheric rue des Rosiers, the heart of Jewish Paris. Guests may sample the superb
felaffel at L’as du Felaffel or at another of the excellent shops along the rue des Rosiers. Then, we will explore
the rue de Vielle de Temple, the rue Pont Louis Phillipe and the rue St. Paul and the Village St. Paul (which is full
of antique shops). Following the walking tour guests are on their own to return to the hotel, or may choose to
visit one of the Marais’ excellent museums, the Carnavalet, the Picasso, the Jewish Museum, or the Cognac
Jay—or attend one of the many free concerts offered in the Paris Churches on Sunday afternoons. Dinner: 7:30
at gourmet-bistro, Mon Vieil Ami. (Dinner included in the tour.)
This day will be our one “day out of Paris”. We’ll visit the small city of Reims, the heart of the Champagne
region. Highlights of the day will include visits to the exceptionally beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral and to two
top Champagne Cellars—Taittinger and Mumm. Lunch (included in the tour) is at the lovely art nouveau-era
Brasserie du Boulingrin. Time permitting, we can visit one of the excellent wine and local products shops on
the Place by the Cathedral for a choice of fine Champagnes or Champagnes produced from up and coming
small producteurs. (Also, local products perfect to accompany Champagnes, or made with Champagne.)
Van pick up at hotel: 8:30 a.m. Return approx. 7:30 pm. Dinner on your own, when back in Paris.
Special Visits: A Visit to a Copper Cookware Atelier in the Viaduc des Arts. Late afternoon tasting of wine,
regional French cheeses and charcuterie at Fil ‘O’ Fromage. We will begin this day with a walking tour of the
stunning Viaduc des Arts in the 12th to visit the Atelier du Cuivre (10:30 a.m.) , and explore the other notable
artisans (eg antique doll and toys restoration specialists, antique lace and textile restorers, painted and gilded
furniture makers) that have shops and ateliers in the Viaduc des Arts. If time permits we will take a walk on the
elevated Promenade Plantee, a fascinating greenspace/park that now fills the recycled railroad right of way atop
the Viaduc des Arts--- this garden has been developed on the site of railroad tracks, and now runs all the way
out to the Bois de Vincennes. Following the visit to the Atelier we will metro over to visit Bercy Village, a newly
developed quartier developed in and amongst the antique wine entrepots (warehouses) in Bercy. Bercy offers
many options for light lunches in its cafés, creperies and winebars which guests can choose on their own in
light of the substantial tasting we will enjoy later that afternoon (included in the tour). We’ll take a walk through
the lovely Park Bercy and then walk across the Seine to the 13th éme for our very special talk and
wine/cheese/charcuterie tasting with Sherif Barbit, Master Fromager and Master of Wine. (Light lunch
included in the tour--- this tasting includes substantial food along with wine.) Free evening.
A walking tour of Montmartre. Late Afternoon wine tasting with Tim Johnston, proprietaire of Juveniles Bar A
Vins. (Tim is a contributing wine editor for Saveur Magazine.) Morning: We will begin the day with a walk
through the remarkable market at Barbés Rouchechouart in the teeming 18th eme. This market offers an
opportunity to tour one of the main markets serving Arab and African Paris as well as savvy shoppers of all
nationalities. Following our walk through Barbes we will tour Montmartre, one of Paris most storied bohemian
quartiers for artists, writers and its charming, village-like life. We’ll stop at an exceptional patissier/chocolatier
and point out other notable boulangeries and food shops while browsing the lively neighborhood near Sacre
Coeur, the Place des Abbesses, the rue Lepic shopping street and the ‘back of the butte’. Afternoon: We’ll take
the #2 metro to our chosen bistro, to enjoy a lovely three-course lunch. After lunch (included on the tour) we’ll
return to central Paris to visit the beautiful Palais Royale gardens, arcades and shops and close the day with a
regional French wine tasting and selected ‘small-plates’ at Juveniles Bar a Vins.
This day will begin in the upscale 17th eme, with a visit to explore the Batignolles quartier, a charming and little-
visited neighborhood full of excellent gourmet shops and characterful boutiques. On the rue des Batignolles, a
short street leading through the ‘village’ there are two boulangers who have won the ‘Best Baguette in Paris’
competition in the past three years--- exceptional to have two in one small neighborhood! Batignolles truly feels
like ‘village’ Paris with its small shops, lovely park, and lively square anchored by a classic church as well as the
abundance of families and residents of all ages. We will follow our visit to Batignolles with a walk over to 132 rue
Cardinet to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Restaurant LeClou, an excellent bistro-du-quartier that features well
chosen Corsican wines and cheeses along with delicious plats du jour. Lunch included in the tour. We will end
the afternoon with a visit to owners Lene and Lars Boehme, of Peter Beier, an artisan chocolatier to enjoy their
delectable chocolate beverages, to taste chocolates and learn about the art of fine chocolate making.
Afterwards, we will relax in the nearby Luxembourg Gardens. Dinner on your own. Free evening.
Special Visit to master Patissiér Gerard Mulot, Special Gastronomic Lunch at the L’Ecole Superieur de
Cuisine-Francais Ferrandi. Morning: We’ll start the day at 8:30 a.m. with a visit to the bakery underneath the
glorious patisserie of Gerard Mulot in St. Germain des Pres. After our bakery visit we will walk through the rue de
Seine/rue de Buci market streets visiting various top-quality wine and food boutiques including the Dernier
Goutte wineshop, Cacao et Chocolat, and Huilerie Le Blanc. We will also visit the block-square Grand
Epicerie of the Bon Marché and walk along the rue de Bac and rue de Cherche Midi, two excellent shopping
streets. As we walk through St. Germain we will visit the Church of St. Sulpice to see the famed Delacroix
murals, and the Eglise St. Germain, one of the oldest churches in Paris. We will point out other notable
gourmet shrines such as La Maison du Chocolat, and the famed patisseries and boulangeries of Pierre Herme
and of Poilane. Lunch will be our special ‘Dejuner Gastronomique’ at the Ecole Superieur de Cuisine-
Ferrandi. Following lunch, (included in the tour) which takes two hours plus, we will once again, relax in the
Luxembourg Gardens, and guests are free for the balance of the day. Dinner on your own. Free evening.
Guests have a free day and may choose to go to Versailles (not included in tour), visit museums, return to
quartiers they wish to visit, to shop or explore more of Paris. Allen and Sally will gladly answer guest’s
questions about planning this free day. Tour leaders can also arrange for a cooking class if guests wish on this
free day or on any day of the week when we are in Paris. Cooking classes are optional add-ons and are priced
additionally to the tour. Saturday Evening Dinner: We will celebrate our time in Paris with a visit to Chef
Christian Etchebest’s acclaimed bistro Le Troquet. We have reserved the ‘Degustation’ menu for our group.
Breakfast. Sally and Allen available to help guests with any last-day shopping prior to their leaving for the airport.
Tour fee: $3,450 land only (double occupany, single supplement available). Note: The final schedule of visits,
tastings, meals and other activities may be adjusted at the tour leader’s discretion.
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