Here is the itinerary for The Highly Curated Ultimate Insider’s Tour of Paris September 2018:
This tour is for everyone who appreciates beauty
September 7-13th 2018
Arrive on Friday September 7th
Check into our design-centric hotel to relax and regroup
Dinner tonight will be at a frolicking fun Parisian wine bar where we’ll have a chance to get to know one another
Saturday Sept 8th
Visit the Maison & Object fair with Debi Lily – lunch at the fair. This is the most respected Design fair in the world, and normally only buyers are allowed to attend. This is normally an event that only designers, decorators and buyers go to – however it is the place to spot the trends in home decor and it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone who appreciates beautiful things
Head back to the hotel to rest and relax
Petite Natural wine tour and tasting with a friend who is a sommelier and natural wine connoisseur
Party in the streets near the Eglise St. Germain and the Place Von Fustenberg with French Fabric houses and other design firms
Sunday Sept 9th
Marché aux Puces Flea market tour with our own Antiques’ expert and flea market queen.
Brunch at La Cocotte, the place to see and be seen
Stop off on the way home to have a drink at Django Reinhart’s own Paris Gypsy Jazz bar where he invented this type of now hip again music
Home-made Sunday night dinner in a Parisian’s flat made just for us by a former chef-de-cuisine and friend of Debi’s at her exquisite loft-home near our hotel.
Monday Sept 10th
Art in Focus
Today we’ll head to the Musee des Arts et Decoratif (a museum within the Louvre) with a Art historian and a former employee. At this stunning museum we’ll visit with the director and curators and be led on a tour of their latest exhibition, VIP style.
Lunch at the highly rated museum restaurant Lou Lou headed by chef Benoit Dargère
Later we’ll take a Street art tour of Belleville and then watch the sunset from the highest part of town with an apero
Then together we’ll sing for our supper at the kitchy fun Le Vieux Belleville a bistro-chanson (think Edith Piaf era).
Tuesday Sept 11th
Debi Lily designs extravagant bouquets for her star studded events in the US, today she’ll guide us on a floral arts tour of Paris where we’ll get to try our own hand at some French bouquets as well as meet some of the most well known, most loved florists in the city of light.
While on our tour we’ll be met by one of Debi’s friend’s who is a talented photographer. Everyone will get their own little photo shoot in some of the most iconic locations in Paris holding a flower. She will also teach us how to get the best snaps and enhance them on our smart phones.
Tonight get ready for the ultimate Paris Cocktails tour of the 9th arrondissement by yours truly. We’ll hit up 4 craft bars and at each spot as we nurse our petite cocktail we’ll also sample some delectable French tapas. A signed copy of Doni’s Paris Cocktails book will be included.
Wed Sept 12th
Another FOD (Friend of Debi), Rebecca from the Well Traveled Beauty will guide us as we hunt down the best perfume artisans in town as well as shop for little known organic skin creams and other beauty supplies that none of your friends will have back home. She is a former beauty editor and has written for Vogue among many other beauty and fashion magazines.
We’ll lunch at one of my favourite spots in Paris with a French/Japanese chef in his tiny well regarded resto that is nearly impossible to get into.
This evening is reserved for a discussion with a British Expat in Paris Jim Haynes*. He is former figure in the British underground and alternative/counter-culture scene of the 1960s. He was involved with the founding of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre as well as many art-related organisations as well as media. Jim has hosted a Sunday night dinner monthly at his Parisian atelier for decades allowing expats and Parisians of all kinds to meet over a simple meal. Tonight we’ll enjoy French/Moroccan food and a lively discussion.
Thursday Sept 13th
Breakfast and Depart
An additional shopping day is available should you wish to shop brands like Carven, Celine, Givenchy and Kenzo at deep discounts — we can set you up.
*Based on his availability. If he is not to join us, some other celebrity guest will.