Imagine a dream trip to Paris, the fair city known around the world for romance—now called Paris Region to help you realize there’s much more to experience beyond the wonders of the city itself. Imagine yourself staying in a lovely hotel, shopping at the largest department store in Europe and seeing the sights in and around Paris just like you’d do on a real trip.
Arrive in comfort via Air France, direct from Chicago, and take a shuttle, taxi or bus (your choice) to your cozy boutique hotel. Perhaps one of the city-center’s six modern, elegant Inwood Hotels–say, La Monna Lisa (see photo)—conveniently located close to the main sights of Paris and designed for optimum affordable luxury. Or perhaps you’ll decide to stay at the just-made-4-star Hotel Plaza Elysees Sup at 177, boulevard Haussmann, old-world elegance with all the modern amenities including an ice machine, individual A/C, direct dial phone, private bath (avec hair dryer!) and more (see photo).
While you relax in your elegant room and before you go out shopping, you decide to arrange an art/wine tour for tomorrow with Didier Jordan, owner of Artventures. His kind voice and enthusiastic descriptions will help you choose from among the latest tours he and his team have designed for your delectation:
- Tour of Paris with cheese and wine tasting or with a cooking class
- Tour of famous movies film locations in Ile-de-France
- 4-day-tour of castles and wines from Paris to Burgundy and Beaujolais
- Northern France (WWI battlefields and coal mines World Heritage historic sites)
- The Berry and the Loire: “From Fontainebleau to Valençais,” traditional France …
- Paris during WWII, the shadow behind the City of Lights
Meanwhile, plans for tomorrow in place, perhaps with a cocktail from the minibar, you begin planning the afternoon to exercise your passion for shopping. Luckily, Galeries Lafayette is not far. Ranked the largest department store in Europe, it lets you roam through elegantly decorated interiors to seek your treasure and your pleasure. Sample prestigious fashion brands and enjoy help from personal shopping assistants. Go to the Gourmet Store with 20,000 bottles of wine and 20 restaurants that serve food fit for discerning tourists as well as French peasants and kings. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses in a first-class environment with highly trained professionals at your service. Bring your credit cards, but you can get everything else right here.
By now you’re probably tired and ready to return to the comfort of your hotel room. But come again, and next time we’ll go on your chosen Artventures tour, discover the beauties of Les Chateaux Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte, and explore further.