To travel is to take a journey into yourself

Bonjour tout le monde, ca va? If you’re here you probably want to talk about our favorite topic: Paris of course! It’s just an obsession for some of us, isn’t it? How is it that Paris never gets old? It’s one of the few places you can go over and over again and never see it all.

If you’re anything like me, you love to think about WHO created Paris…the vision that the people all had to have shared to build a city that would still be the benchmark for beauty and culture. And they did it dressed to the nines. With no electricity, just their imagination and determination they erected a place that we stroll sometimes without a second thought. But there are some of us who still want to see the Paris of the Parisians of the Past and experience what they had in mind for future generations to enjoy.

I’m talking about the Paris where you feel at home. Not going to monuments but instead going to the special parts of the parks, to the homes of artists, visiting the ateliers and workshops where they lived and worked and sweated and created. It’s like going to visit old friends for some of us. Maybe we were there together in a past life!

image: Parc Monceau by Adam Gopnik

What about you? Is Paris on your bucket list? Maybe you’ve gone once, or even twice. I hear a lot of people say they just didn’t get it, that it didn’t resonate with them. Or that it’s changed. That’s because they didn’t get to see the real Paris. The intimate, exquisite, quiet, elegant and usually overlooked Paris. I continue to explore, and it seems the more I do the more there is to discover. Maybe the fact that you can never finish is part of the allure.

Even with my blog there are so many topics to get into that sometimes the vastness of its depth and beauty is incomprehensible. From the parks and gardens and passages to history, architecture, cabaret and follies, fashion, photography, food, shops, cafes, music, galleries, art, perfume, culture, wine, chocolate, cinema, museums, picnics, parks, gardens, ateliers, brocantes and of course the flea markets, there’s so much to see and do and taste and touch it’s like a banquet of beauty. In fact it’s a moveable feast, Hemingway was so right! And the buffet is endless.

And so, once again I’m heading back in September and have been putting together some new adventures, and you’re invited to come along. I like to share a different Paris than the one in the guide books, one that’s beautiful and serene. One that the Parisians of the past knew well and where they went to get away from the crowds to stroll and languish, paint, write and get inspired.

Lately there’s been interest in a lot of activities along with the usual trek to the fleamarkets, including off-the beaten path places like the vineyards of Montmartre, cooking in a private apartment, walking tours, jazz clubs, thrifting for designer fashions, restoration techniques, and lots more! We’re combing a little of each into our trips, creating an experience that’s custom made for you.

So take a look at what we’ve got simmering. If you’d like to join us, let me know and we’ll set it up. I want you to experience the Paris you’ve always dreamed about. Our trips can either be booked a-la-carte or they can be packaged to include airfare, airport transfers, hotel or apartment, meals, transportation, tickets and all expenses paid. If you’re interested, contact me and let’s discuss your dream trip this fall. Below are the cliff notes and just a fraction of what’s in store. You’ll get a detailed itinerary with specific events and destinations when you book.

Sept 1-5 

Parisians of the Past – Salon Hostesses:

“Portrait de Juliette Recamier, femme de Lettres Francaise”. Francois Gerard 1805

We’ll visit the homes and haunts of the women who made Paris the center of the universe in the Age of Enlightenment. When there was nothing but dirt and oppression, these women decided they’d create a new world for themselves filled with beauty, culture, manners and etiquette. They designed clothing and interiors and gardens that are still the benchmark for good taste today. Together we’ll walk in their footsteps enjoying the homes and salons that still stand in commemoration of their epic legacy.

Sept 6-12

Decor Tour:

image: Connaissance des Arts

This incredible week will be filled with treasure hunting and shopping for home decor. We’ll take you to find everything from mantles and doors to chandeliers and textiles at the flea markets.  We’ll also go to the world famous trade show, the Maison et Objet. You’ll go inside auctions and warehouses in and out of the city. It’s the perfect trip if you’re decorating a home, stocking a store or stocking up for shows and want to find linens, decor and home accessories at wholesale prices. 

Sept 13-19

Artist’s Ateliers & Workshops in Paris:

If you love going into private homes and workshops of artists who lived in Paris, this is the one for you. Parisians have had incredible foresight to keep certain places just as they were when the artist in residence lived and worked in the city. Many of these homes are tucked away right in the center of Paris. We’ll go on our tour to explore these homes and it truly feels like we’re going to the visit old friends and acquaintances from the past. 

September 21-26

 Off the Beaten Path:

This trip is for those who want to have a bit of an out of the ordinary daytime adventure and nightlife including hidden  jazz clubs, dinner parties, behind the scenes at museums and riding in a hot air balloon. We’ll go to gourmand’s Paris and indulge in a little French decadance.  We’ll customize to your preferences so you’re sure to have the time of your life.

Well that’s it for the moment! Bottom line is there’s a Paris that’s just for you, not a cookie cutter tour but an adventure that’s full of fun and discovery. A journey and experience that will leave you with a new appreciation for this truly magical place that’s just waiting to be rediscovered…by you!

If you’d like to schedule a day together in July, email me at claudia@theparisapartment.com. Et alors, ciao for now…à bientôt!

June 23, 2019. Ateliers, Auctions, Brocantes, Carnavalet, Clignancourt Market Paris, Day Trips, Decorating, Design, Design Show, exploring, Fashion, flea markets, Fleamarkets, French Chocolate, French Interiors, Friends, Furniture, Gardening, Going Green, Green, Hotels, Interiors, Paris, Paris Trip. 1 comment.

life as we know it

 

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very few things are predictable in life but one that remains constant is the endless supply of apartment porn in paris. how are you doing tonight? 79ideas_beautiful_parisian_home_kitchen

i’ve been crazy busy at a boutique show all day working with the buyers from Désirant for their store in asheville, NC, and couldn’t be having more fun on the job.

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but after 12 hours i’m just getting home and about to crash. then i remembered that it’s just too easy not to do this little post each day so here we are! so without further ado, today’s bookmark~

79ideas.org-another-gorgeous-apartment-in-paris

and so to bed, good night!

June 10, 2016. Design, Interiors, Paris Apartments. 9 comments.

it doesn’t take much

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Ralph Lauren

bonsoir mes cheres amis,  how are you on this fine night?  it’s blissfully early at just after 12 and i’ve done about all i can do for today. i wanted to make sure to get here before i tune out since for me it’s the place to be…cause you’re here!

Givenchy

Givenchy

my hope to check out one of the bookmarks i’ve been saving since the beginning of time as once again been fulfilled. turns out it’s the easiest part of my day. like a roulette wheel where every number’s a winner, I can’t help but get excited at the prospect of what it could be. they’ve waited so patiently to be appreciated and this one was from 2011, so it truly was now or never. anyway as the dropdown cascaded, i hovered my mouse and randomly chose this bookmark:

thewellappointedcatwalk.com/2011/01/haute-couture-fitting-rooms.html

it’s fitting since i’m working on the Desirant store with the team in asheville. and talk about inspiration! the epitome of restraint and elegance, every one of ’em.

valentino

Valentino

Lacroix

La Croix

Armani

Armani

Chanel

Chanel

maybe i’m just easily  entertained but i like the simple things in life. anyway i hope you enjoyed the little trip to couture-land. i’m dropping out and tuning into a book for a change. sweet dreams!

June 8, 2016. CHANEL, Design, Designers, Fashion. 6 comments.

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