Les Liaisons Délicieuses with Patti Ravenscroft
and Renowned Art Historian Chris Boicos
Paris is truly a feast for all the senses. In addition to being the gastronomic capital of the world, splendid sights, sounds, and aromas are around every corner. Shop windows are filled with delectable foods and gorgeous flowers. The museums and gardens are overflowing with magnificent works of art. And, there are hidden treasures everywhere!
If you find this tempting, treat yourself to a week with us behind the scenes in Paris. We will share some amazing, exclusive experiences in the food and arts worlds. The heart of our week will be museum visits with Chris Boicos focusing on remarkable paintings of food, wines and flowers through the ages. The soul of our Paris sojourn will be intimate moments in private homes where we will experience first hand how the French artists live and work. Included in these very special mornings and afternoons will be a cooking class and lunch in a Paris apartment, a pastry class in Versailles, a flower arranging class, and a painting class in a private studio. Life doesn’t get much better!
Arrive in Paris in the afternoon and settle into your rooms in the hotel.
Champagne with Patti and Chris Boicos, who will give you an overview of our week’s program.
A surprise Welcome Dinner
A lecture and slide show with Chris focusing on the artwork we will be seeing with him during the week.
A walk in the Footsteps of the Impressionists, includng Sisley, Seurat, Van Gogh and Monet on the Île de la Jatte.
Lunch on the Île at the restaurant, Le Petit Poucet.
Pastry cooking class and lunch in Versailles.
Evening wine tasting paired with delectable French cheeses.
Morning market visit followed by a cooking class and lunch with Patti’s dear friend, Véronique Bawol in her lovely apartment in the 7th arrondissement.
In the afternoon, a museum visit with Chris to the Musée d’Orsay to view food and flower-related paintings, essentially in the Impressionist section.
Morning museum visit with Chris to the Musée Marmottan, exploring the Marmottan’s amazing collection of Monet’s waterlilies and Morisot’s paintings of Bougival.
An afternoon flower arranging class with the former head gardener of the Elysée Palace, Marc Barbaud, and his partner Alain Durante, owner of the magnificent gardens of Chaligny in the Vendée.
After our class we will enjoy apéritifs with Marc and Alain.
Evening jazz concert with John McLean in his private, Parisian house.
Morning still-life painting class on food and flowers with artist, Catherine de Bretagne, in her home studio.
Lunch in the studio.
Afternoon – Free to see more of Paris and shop, including the opportunity to shop for art with Chris!
Say good-bye to your new friends at our farewell breakfast at the Hotel.
Accommodations & Cost
Trip Dates: Trip will begin on a Saturday and end on a Friday.
Accommodations: All participants will stay in an exclusive, elegant Paris hotel.
Included in the cost: 6 nights accommodations; all breakfasts (6); 4 lunches and two dinners, including aperitifs and carefully selected wines, soft drinks, etc; and all classes, sightseeing, and private visits as described above.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages, except as specified in the program, and meals not specified.
Cost: $4,990 per person double occupancy; Single Supplement $1,000; Suite Supplement $600. Important note: Substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1000 per person.
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