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 you won’t find anywhere else.

So take a look at what we’ve got simmering. If you’d like to join us, contact us and we’ll set it up. I want you to experience the Paris you’ve always dreamed about. Our trips can either be booked one on one (flea market shopping) or with a group which includes airport transfers, hotel or apartment, transportation to events, tickets and more. 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 1-6

First Timer’s Trip

Joachim Hiltmann / Getty Images

I can’t begin to tell you what this trip entails but suffice it to say you’ll see a Paris that’s beyond magical. All the little streets you’ve seen IG’d, the picnics, the day trips, the cobblestone alleys and of course the places that can’t be missed, but from an angle that’s unexpected and unusual. 

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

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 by day and have evenings in our own modern salons that include cooking, music and dance.

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 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. 6 comments.

well read

wow, two days in a row, that’s got to be a record. hey guys, thanks for coming by yesterday. it was so nice to read your comments and hear from you. every day brings something new, doesn’t it?

i’m stopping by to jot down some notes and keep what’s happening fresh and in the forefront.

today i’m be focusing on a part of my site that anyone can implement on their site and each will be completely unique.

it’s the joy of using ‘amazon affiliates’, specifically today, the ‘astore.

have you heard of it?

you can choose products from amazon to curate your favorite products and recommendations.

when someone goes to amazon from your site you get a referral which is really nice. (especially for someone like me who is making wishlists on there anyway!)

i got kind of caught up in it last night, focusing mainly on books and that was just the tip of the iceberg since it’s the ultimate rabbit hole.

here’s the one i’m putting together: astore.amazon.com/theparisapart-20. (it just went live)

as i was going through all the fascinating and swoon worthy books i realized they’re not in the right categories so i’ll go back now and organize them.

anyway it’s one way that i’m focusing on using affiliates on the site. as we grow and design this new site i want to share with you some of the ways i’ll be monetizing and modernizing it.

my other goal and passion is to collaborate with like minded people, someone, like, say… kathie from australia who was here yesterday and said she’d like to work together!

her gorgeous website and products are here: frenchcargo.com.au

i want one of everything she has, how about you? kathie, let’s talk! Ok, that’s it for me today, off to organize those books. have a great night!

oh PS just figured since this post was about books, why not do a giveaway with my own book?

we’ll draw two random commenters in the next post. ok, a tout alors!

April 14, 2017. Books, Friends, Life. 7 comments.

field of dreams

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good morning and happy monday. how are you doing? over here i’m still on the path of transformation and working on changing it up. as you know, it’s been a few months and i’ve tried everything from videos, to blogging to self assessment and philanthropy, focusing on figuring out a new direction. it’s finally paying off after the 6 month mark with your helpful friendship. you may ask how, so i’ll answer before you ask, that whether i heard directly from you or not, i know you’re there and that alone gave me the determination and strength not to throw in the towel when i was facing burnout at the 20+ year mark of the paris apartment’s anniversary. the new website will be launching soon and things are moving along quickly.

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first i want to thank all of you who commented on the post about the chairs. i also wanted to let you know that it’s official, i’ll be working with desirant in asheville, nc to design a line of furniture! we’ll be making the pieces right here in the good old US of A using local craftsmen, painters and upholsterers to create unique pieces. i’m thinking that it would be fun to do a couple of different styles and have each represent those of you who commented. that said, i’d love your opinion on the styles we’ll use for starters. what do you think of these frames and would they be useful in your home? if so, how so? looking forward to hearing your valued opinion!

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we’ll be using frames that are already available like the sofa above and these chaises,

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armchairs,

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benches,

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desk chairs,

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and honestly not sure about this one…do you think it’s just too much of a muchness?

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along with these we’ll be creating pieces from some antiques and renderings i’ve been saving for years. more to come on that so let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular. if you get a chance, i’d like to help them get the word out about their store, brand and general existence. these are the links to their social media. would LOVE it if you joined in. if you do let me know which you’re most into socially…thanks again for being here, love you!

pinterest.com/desirantonline

facebook.com/DesirantOnline

instagram.com/desirantonline

July 11, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Asheville, Desirant, Friends, Furniture. 23 comments.

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