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I love Paris in the Fall

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Besides doing travel, Anne Suire is also a personal shopper, born and raised in Paris she is still in the know about the city of lights. For $ 1,500 a day, she will take you and your friends to the chic boutiques of Paris and make sure that you get the best treatment from the snooty sales assistants that your hard-earned greenbacks deserve. Just in case  you don’t have an extra few thousand to unload, here are some good advice.

  • Never wear sneakers. Definitely a giveaway that you are a tourist and invite inferior service.
  • It maybe silly but carry a designer’s shopping bag with you, even if you have to borrow one from a friend. It will probably give you shopping credibility. On the off chance that you buy something, have the store send it to your hotel.
  • If you don’t speak French , a ” Bonjour madame”, and a friendly smile should help because they will think that you mean business.
  • If by any chance you run out of steam in the middle of the afternoon, head out to a designer store such as Chanel, Prada or Yves Saint-Laurent, they usually oblige!.
  • Parisian store keepers usually work reasonable hours. They shut their stores at 7PM every weeknight and are closed all day Sunday.
  • Finally, for an only-in-Paris shopping experience , try to snag an appointment at
    Anouschka in Paris.

    Anouschka in Paris.

    Anouschka high end Antique clothing.

    Anouschka high end Antique clothing.

    Anouschka  (

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    33-1-48-74-37-00). Located in the 9th district, if you like high-end vintage fans, you have come to the right place. Address is : 6 Avenue du coq, 75009. Paris– Metro Trinite or Saint Lazare.

  • Anne also takes clients to The Paris Flea Markets as well as Provence and all over France.
  • For more information email her at : anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com

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Eygalieres in Les Alpilles

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The lower slopes of Les Alpilles are covered with vineyards producing Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence-les-Baux, a wine with a very good reputation. In the heart of the Alpilles, the tiny village east of Eygalieres is really too pretty for its own good, now filled with overpriced interior, design shops and restaurants. However its delightful 12th- century chapel St-Sixte, which dominates a luminous hillside speckled with olive and almond trees lifts the spirits. Pagan rites were performed on the hill.Pagan rites involving spring water from les Alpilles were performed on the hills. One still remains: on the day of a couple’s engagement the future husband drinks spring water from his fiance’s hands. If they don’t marry within a year he dies.

Eygalieres is host to the elite, before it was St Tropez, now they have all moved here. This sleepy, tiny village has always been home to artists, but now it has become the Hamptons of Provence.

Le Mas de La Brune

I really liked this place and was delighted by its owner , Marie de LaRouziere  whose property spreads over 5 hectares of newly landscaped gardens surrounded by Lavender, chestnut trees, and roses. The 16th-century Mas ( farmhouse), was built by the mayor of Eygalieres. The decor in the rooms is not the best, but if you make the best of it you can have a wonderful time during your stay. The mas only serves breakfast.( About 2 kilometers north of Eygalieres toward Route St-Remy). Phone number is 4-90-95-90-77

Le Mas dou Pastre

This very simple, 18th-century stone farmhouse B&B has 12 rooms, all decorated in the Provencal style- sunny ochers and apricots, cornflowers blue. When I went there quite a few years ago, no English was spoken there. Albine Roumanille, her husband Maurice and sister Joelle, were extremely gracious. The breakfast was wonderful, coffee, freshly squeeze orange juice, homemade jams and breads , all was wonderful!. The rooms were affordable price wise and I would recommend it to anyone  who does not want to break their bank account. Quartier Saint Sixte ; 4-90-95-92-61

 

Swimming pool at Le Mas dou Pastre

Swimming pool at Le Mas dou Pastre

Le Mas de La Brune

Le Mas de La Brune

Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres Chez Bru

Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres Chez Bru

Exquisite Food at Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres

Exquisite Food at Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres

Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres.

Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres.

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Vegetables in Provence

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Provencal Food

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Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres Chez Bru

Belgian born owner chef Wout Bru‘s dishes, are all densely flavored poached prawns with a compote of tomatoes; seared foie gras in a Balsamic reduction or a tart of sweet, delicate sardines; roast pigeon with shallot confit and Tarragon essence; also a rich and flaky caramelized apple tart was out of this world. The owner has expanded so the place looks very different and the colors are as bland as the restaurant decor. Rue de La Republique ; 4-90-90-60-34

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Hiking, the best way to discover the Vaucluse and the Luberon/ Part 2

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Hike from Apt to Saignon

Apt‘s history goes back to Roman times when it was a prosperous ancient city. Remnants of its days as a Christian bishopric are also visible  in its gorgeous 11th-century Saint-Anne Cathedral. Today  the town is loved for its candied fruits, jams, lavender essence and truffles and a very colorful market that teems with Provencal produce on Saturday mornings. When you arrive in Apt park your car in the cours Lauze-de-Perret car park in the east of town,and then you are ready to set out on your hike. On foot your will have to take D48 and walk along until you see the Auriane track on the left, you will then head left and cross the bridge over the Rimayon river. As the road sweeps left you will have to keep walking straight along the path that climbs the hill, then bear left and and follow a tarmac path for ( 164ft) until you eventually get to the Ginestiere crossroads. Once you get there stay to your right and follow the D174 to get to the village entrance, which leads to the pretty place de la Fontaine.

Saignon is not very well known by tourists. If you go there visit the Prieure and Farm built in the middle ages on a Gallo- Roman site and continued to expand until the 19th-century. The church contains Medieval frescoes , and the excavations of a first-century villa are seen through a grill in the floor. Exhibitions are staged in the farm while the gardens are devoted to historic and scented plants. To get to Saignon, make a turn left on Rue du Bourget and walk about ( 330 ft) until you reach a cobbled path, on your left that leads to kind of a square in the parking lot. At the bottom of the car park, you will find a path winding around the village’s ramparts. After the last house take a deep breath and climb the steps to the main castle ruins and marvel at the vistas from the lookout point. Then go back down the ramparts before going left and joining the D174. From place de la Fontaine backtrack to the Ginistere crossroads, and turn right. After the bend, keeping Tourel (a settlement) on your left, take the short cut at the next bend and continue straight for (650 ft). At the next bend turn left along a dirt track and head straight through an oak forest and then a residential area. Continue straight , and then cross the old N100, using the steps to join the cycle path. You will have to keep going over the Cavalon River and then head up a ramp on the right to follow the D22 back to Apt. Finish your hike with a hearty French meal at Auberge du Luberon http://francemarket.com/auberge-luberon, located in a century- old  building in the city’s historic center.

Luberon, Provence.

Luberon, Provence.

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The Marais Penthouse.

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Breathtaking views from your own expansive, private rooftop, perched high above one of the best neighborhoods in central Paris, make the magnificent Marais Penthouse an ideal choice for families, friends, or business travelers. The grand split-level layout boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the unique space is characterized with thoughtful design throughout.

An elevator to the fifth floor (sixth floor US) brings guests to the first of two interior levels, welcomed by a dramatic, rotund foyer, with skylights and accent lighting that filter through the spiral stairs. This first floor includes the main salon, kitchen, and dining room. Art deco furnishings and original artwork enhance the exceptional space of the salon with two separate sitting areas. On one side, a bright yellow sofa and stylish sitting chairs are framed by the fireplace and floor-to-ceiling French windows that flood the room with natural light and open up onto the step-out balcony. On the other side of the salon, a smaller, comfortable couch is ideally located near the bookshelves and writing desk – a lovely spot to catch up on writing postcards or settling in to read a good book at the end of a long-day discovering all of the best that Paris has to offer just outside. A TV is cleverly hidden behind a white curved cabinet wall.

The modern kitchen is bright and spacious, with blonde woods cabinets, high-end appliances, a wrap-around counter space, and professional cookware and utensils. A pass-through window to the adjacent, elegant dining room makes serving home-cooked meals a breeze. A beautiful curved-base, art deco table with comfortable seating for eight, atop the lovely inlay tiled floor, can be set up for feel more private by adjusting the ceiling-mounted screens.

Up the spiral staircase, the second level includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The air-conditioned Master Bedroom has a queen-size bed, large closet, and private bathroom with bathtub, walk-in shower with marble slab walls, and dual washbasins. A charming French window brings in natural light that highlights the blonde wood flooring and furnishings of this bedroom, as well as the white walls and extra large beige tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

The Second Bedroom, also air-conditioned, offers a comfortable king-size bed that can be converted into two twin-size beds. Natural light, artwork, deep purple coloring, and a large closet complete this room. The Third Bedroom has a single bed, with a tucked-away trundle bed for an additional guest. A wall of built-in cabinetry and desk make this small bedroom very accommodating. This bedroom does not have AC, but a fan is provided, you probably won’t need one during the winter month.

The second bathroom on this floor shares the art deco feel of the apartment and displays two blue glass countertops with washbasins, a deep bathtub below a bright angled window, tiled walls, and built-in shelves. Both levels of the apartment have a separate WC with washbasin.

Finally, up another spiral staircase, the best of the best regarding the Marais Penthouse is the private roof deck – is accessed through a magnificent, automated, octagonal portal. Plenty of lounge seating, reclining chairs, and a large dining table that comfortably seats eight, creates an idyllic setting for soaking up the sweeping vistas of Paris.

This penthouse is amazing and would be a great spot for your winter vacation with family  children and friends. The perfect place to celebrate Christmas or New year’s or both.map-2-map-11-

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Le Marais district in Paris.

Once an area of marshland as its name suggests ( Marais means swamp), the Marais  grew steadily in importance from the 14th century, by virtue of its proximity to the Louvre , the preferred residence of Charles V. Its heyday was in the 17th-century when it became the fashionable area for the monied classes, they built many grand and sumptuous mansions, hotels, that still dot Le Marais today. Many of these hotels have been restored and turned into museums. Once again fashionable with  the monied classes, designer boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafes now lined the streets.

In Le Marais district la Rue des grands bourgeois. This ancient street is lined with important museums, Pompidou center, Musee Picasso , this palatial home of a 17th century salt-tax collector is the setting for the largest collection of Picassos in the world, the results of a family bequest to the state.

The Hotel  Le Peletier de Saint- Fargeau adjoins the hotel Carnavalet to form the museum of Paris History.

Le Musee Carnavalet. the statue of Louis XIV in Roman dress by Coysevox is in the courtyard of the Hotel Carnavalet. Coysevox was a French sculptor ( 1640 – 1720), known for his decorative work at Le Chateau de Versailles.

La Maison de Victor Hugo. author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo lived at number 6, Place des Vosges where his house is a museum of his life and work.

Place des Vosges. Once the site for Jousting and tournements, in the very heart of Le Marais, is a square of perfect symetry.

Hotel de Sully. this renaissance hotel was built for a notorious gambler, Mesme Gallet . ( 62 rue , Saint Antoine). A must visit, the gardens are beautiful!.

Hotel de Lamoignon. Behind the ornate doorway of this fine mansion is Paris’s historical library. 24 Rue Pavee, 75004. It is one of the oldest mansion houses in Le Marais.

La Rue des Rosiers. The smell of hot pastrami and horscht wafts from restaurants and shops in the heart of the Jewish area. “Street of the rosebushes” Rue des Rosiers begins at Rue Malher and proceeds northwest across Rue Pavee, Rue Ferdinand Duval, Rue des Ecouffes, and Rue des Hospitalieres  Saint Gervais before it ends at Rue du Vieux Temple.

Musee Cognacq – Jay. An amazing and exquisite collection of 18th-century paintings and furniture is shown in perfect period setting; 8 Rue Elzhevir, 75004.

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Paris, Versailles and the Palace.

Visitors passing through the rich interior of this colossal palace, or those strolling in these vast gardens why it was the glory of the sun king’s reign . Starting in 1668 with his father’s hunting lodge, Louis XIV built the largest palace in Europe, housing 20,000 people at a time. Architects Louis Le Vau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart designed the buildings; Charles Le brun designed the interiors; And Andre le notre, the great landscaper, redesigned the gardens, which are formally styled into paths and groves, hedges and flower beds, water pools and fountains.

The Orangerie was built beneath the parterre du midi to house exotic plants in winter.

The South Parterre’s shrubbery and ornate flower beds overlook the Swiss pond.

The Chateau. Louis XIV made the Chateau into the center of political life in France.

The water Parterre . Vast pools are decorated with bronze statues.

The Dragon Fountain‘s center piece is a winged monster.

The Grand canal. was the setting for Louis XIV’s many boating parties.

Le Petit Trianon. built in 1762 for Louis XV, this small chateau became the favorite of Marie Antoinette.

Le Grand Trianon. Louis XIV built this small palace of stone and pink marble in 1687 to escape the rigors of court life and to enjoy the company of his mistress, Madame de Maintenon.

Fountain de Neptune. Groups of sculptures spray spectacular jets of water in Le Notre and Mansart‘s 17th century fountain.

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Paris and a handful ideas regarding the city of lights.

The metro and taxis.

With infants and toddlers, it is most easily navigated using a baby carrier, but you will see plenty of Parisian parents hauling their strollers and buggies, with children seated inside, up and down the stairs each day. If the bus or train is full you are expected to fold the stroller. Kids under 4 years old ride for free on Paris‘s public transportation and those under 10 years old receive 50% reduction on tickets.

Taxis can be a lifesaver when an unexpected rain storm hits all of a sudden and dampens travel plans or when kids and parents are too tired to walk or take the metro back home. It is not always easy to hail a cab in Paris as they are often full.You can find the nearest official stand indicated by the word Taxi in a blue rectangle. A map with all the taxis stands in Paris can be downloaded from the city’s French website, http://www.paris.fr. Type in Taxi station and follow the links to the pdf file. Also you can buy the detailed Paris Pratique  per arrondissement street map book, also known as l’indispensable at a magazine stand or department store; be sure to choose the one that indicates that it includes Taxis Stands around 5 Euros. Taxis can also be reserved in advance by calling one of the following services that have an English – speaking operator available. Important thing to remember taxis drivers start the meter as they leave to meet you. Uber is in Paris, probably works as well as here in the US. When reserving a taxi let them know how may guests are in your party, more than 4 guests and they will send a larger monospace ( mini-van).

Paris ‘s central number for taxis dispatch is : 01-45-30-30-30

Alphas Taxis: 01-45-85-85-85, http://www.alphataxis.fr

Taxis 75: 06-77-26-44-55, http://www.taxis75.fr

TaxiG7: 01-41-27-66-99,www.g7.com

Now traveling  from the airport to central Paris is simplest via a private or shared shuttle or taxi , all of which provides door to door service. Parents can always request infant car seats and boosters when making a reservation. They will ask you your child age and weight and height so that the appropriate-size seat can be provided. Taxi-cabs are exempt from car seat regulations so don’t expect them to be equipped with one. Hotels and apartment rental agencies are very good resources for finding reliable transfer services.

Three reliable taxi companies that provide airport-to-city service are:

Allonavette: 01-75-68-01-96, http://www.allonavette.com

Firstway: 01-48-63-74-37, http://www.firstway.fr

Paris Shuttle, 01-53-39-18-18, http://www.parishuttle.com

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Anne Suire

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Bicycling by the river.

During the famous 1995 transit strike, Parisians used their bicycles and have not used them after that. Not long after , the city added dedicated lanes and secure racks around town. The best part is that the city closed the Seine-side express ways on Sundays, enabling cyclists and roller bladders to glide amid some of the world’s most amazing scenery. If you want to be part of it and join them, head over to Paris velo , which rents bikes and supplies helmets and gives advice in English. Be ready to provide a credit card number as security. 2 rue de Fer a Moulin, 5th arr. ( 01-43-37-59-22).

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Communal dining room in Paris.

The very best way to feel at home in Paris is to share a table and a meal at La Cave de l’os a Moelle a very small wine shop -cum restaurant that provides potluck companions to go with its potluck menu. If you are part of a party of 5 or 10 guests you can reserve your own table. You can choose a few bottles of wine, grab a plate, settles in and help yourself to hearty grand-mere style dishes such as blood sausage terrine, tiny coquillages ( shells) with home -made mayonaise , or beef stew. You can choose your favorite cheese from a big selection of cheeses and also a variety of wonderful deserts. The wine flows  and people can help themselves to seconds and new friendships are made all around.

The address is:181, rue de Lourmel, 15th arr. ( 01-45-57-28-28).

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Paris for the holidays with children.

Believe it or not taking your dog along to a three-star dinner is strangely more appropriate than bringing your little ones. Which why you may be thinking about a babysitter to watch the kids while you wine and dine. A very friendly, professional and bilingual service that we rely on is called Baby Prestige so that you can go out and enjoy yourself with a piece of mind. Baby Prestige, 7 rue Jean Goujan, 8th arr- ( 01-53-53-02-02). contact@baby-prestige.com

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Best Ice creams in Paris.

You have probably heard about , have likely even tasted the ice creams and sorbets from the Berthillon shop on the Ile Saint Louis. Raymond Berthillon who passed away in August 2014 used only fresh and seasonal ingredients to make small batches of flavors like caramel , shot through with creamy ribbons of the stuff, and pale green pistachio, crammed with chunks of crisps, fresh nuts.

Another place to check out is Damman’s a tasteful tearoom and Glacier, where star flavors include Bulgarian yogurt,  spice bread ( pain epice), tiramisu and salted- butter caramel.

Berthillon. 31 rue saint Louis en l’ile, 4th arr. ( 01-43-54-31-61).

Damman’s. 20 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 5th arr. ( 01-46-33-61-30).

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Guarding our spare moments.

” We must guard our spare moments”, a quote from Waldo Emerson.

Spare moments are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. I the world we live in crammed schedules and busyness are often worn as a badge of honor. It is not uncommon to feel both confused and anxious when we have spare time. 

We need to slow down and enjoy every moment and take our leisure time seriously and enjoy a great vacation wherever we plan on escaping to, it is very good for the soul!.

Anne Suire

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Land and water, Camargue.

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This upscale apartment in Avignon is the perfect location for friends’ get together or a family reunion….

AvignonThis beautiful artist’s retreat is located in a cul de sac, steps from the center of Avignon and the famous Palais des papes ,delightful vacation apartment is the perfect spot to call home while exploring Avignon and its beautiful environs. The apartment is housed in a 16th century stone building, this former artist studio has been renovated with  modern amenities as well as decorated with Provencal charm. 

This spacious triplex offers comfortable living  and dining spaces where groups can gather together as well as cozy nooks for enjoying quiet time alone, making this vacation  an ideal choice for a group of friends or family traveling together. Four bedrooms equipped with air conditioning and painted in calming sea tones, sleep up to 8 guests with 6 separate beds, all fitted with quality linens.
On the first floor (up one flight of stairs upon entering the property), the inviting living and dining areas provide beautiful and charming settings for lounging and enjoying meals together. One of the more formal spaces features a unique, stone wall and dramatically exposed wood beamed ceiling, together framing a grand fireplace that can be admired from the two comfortable couches or the large dining table that comfortably seats six.

Also on the first floor is a cheerful eat-in-kitchen, complete with its modern appliances, sleek cabinetry, and rustic wooden table, and that is fully equipped with everything needed to prepare full meals or light snacks with fresh finds from the nearby market (just five minutes away). The kitchen flows into a bright and informal sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a small balcony with olive trees overlooking the quiet street below. Filled with beautiful plants and interesting books and pieces of art, this delightful space is ideal for enjoying morning coffee, afternoon tea, or a glass of local wine while unwinding in the comfortable armchairs or lounging on the daybed after a long day of sightseeing.

A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and third floors. On the second floor, a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed offers privacy and comfort with its en suite bathroom, equipped with a combination shower and bathtub, toilet, and sink. Also on this floor is the second bedroom – complete with a double bed and its own en suite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, toilet, and sink – and a third bedroom with a single bed. Across the hall is a bathroom with a walk-in shower and sink, and also a toilet in its own WC.

Following the spiral staircase to the third and top floor leads to the fourth bedroom, a large space with a mansard roof. This room is ideal for children or friends traveling together, with three single mattresses set up directly on the floor, without bed frames or box springs.

If the modern amenities – from the air conditioning in the bedrooms to the Nespresso machine in the kitchen – along with the convenience of private parking and being located in the heart of the ancient city weren’t enough, the beautiful decor and unique architecture make this vacation property a destination unto itself.

We planned two trips in October 2019, renting this property. But you can rent this property on your own with friends. The prices for this property are the highest in July & August  but  prices go down in ( end of August) thru November 1st and then November through April 1st, two different prices for a 3 days stay and a 7 days stay.

We will include a brochure of the trips planned for October 2019. If you want to just rent the property with friends or family we can assist you with train ride from CDG airport in Paris to Avignon, as well as drivers / tour guides and a private chef on the night you just want to stay in and enjoy a meal at home. We also will design an itinerary of what to do in Avignon in case you don’t know where to start first. Also you can go truffle hunting, wine tasting, and goat  cheese farms visits and more if you’d like. If you want to be left alone we understand!.

More to come regarding where to visit in France very soon!

In the mean time check out our trips to Avignon, Provence, France. The link below shows some pictures of this amazing artist retreat in Avignon.

Anne Suire.

Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.