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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

Questions? please contact anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com

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.

 

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About Luxury Travel Consultant2.

My name is Anne Suire, I am the owner of this small Travel company; I have lived in the US for a long time but started my young life in France.

I have done a lot in my life from assistant buyer for a small clothing store in San Francisco to caterer and private chef. I have decided a few years ago to create a tour company but I have worked on and off  on it because my life is very busy. Last night I had a dream about this small company of mine and this morning when I woke up I decided to work on it again by using WordPress and writing to my followers who want to travel to France and Italy.

I offer my clientele different ways to enjoy themselves while traveling as well as villa  selections , private chefs or cooks, tour guides / drivers as well as personalized itineraries. I also will give you restaurant suggestions.

The villa selections , how many of you will vacation so that we can find you the perfect home,  as well as location,( view or not view). Also pool or no pool, very important to remember when you book with us.

Would you like a driver (local preferably), they know the region !. We usually hire bilingual drivers / tour guides  so that they can communicate with our clients.

A private chef can be hired if you wish and it can be one night, three nights as you wish, once a chef or drivers are hired you need to let us know in advance before your trip , special event or vacation.

Tour ideas such as yoga, golfing, bicycling, culinary adventures and wine tasting, soul searching and more.

We can take care of your special event.

Anniversary, weddings, graduation, family getaway, friends or girlfriends get away. let us know if you have a special request, so that we can accommodate you.

Thank you.

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Anne Suire Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.

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Luxury Travel Consultant2.

My name is Anne Suire, I am the owner of the small company Luxury Travel consultant.

I have lived in the US for a long time and started my young life in France. I have done quite a lot in my work life from Assistant buyer in a store in San Francisco to caterer and private chef. I had a dream last night telling me that I should get back to work on my travel company and communicate with my followers again. I have worked on and off with Luxury Travel Consultant2 and I have also known success with some tours that I did but with a busy life and family obligations in France, I have somehow walked away. I want back in the game and provide my future clientele with a stellar performance.

The company offers villas rentals and travel services as well as tour ideas and special events such as weddings, anniversary, graduation, family vacation, group vacation, women’s getaways, couples getaways . Properties                                                                                     

When you book with us you have to inform us when you plan on traveling, so that we can find you the best accommodations.  Some requests include near a village ( walking distance) or pool and no pool.

Private Chef

Private Chef,We can assist you with the request of a private chef, locally handpicked and bilingual which allows everyone to be comfortable.

Usually most tour guides drive and we request that they speak English. their prices will include transfers from and to property as well as touring the region.

Itineraries.

A personalized itinerary will be offered and you can always let us know if you want to make some changes.

Restaurant suggestions.

We will suggest the best and local restaurants at your request.

Tours’ ideas.

Golfing, horseback riding, yoga, bicycling, culinary adventures, wine tasting, hiking and soul searching. Anyone interested we offer flea markets of Paris and Provence!

Thank you!

Anne Suire Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.

http://www.luxurytravelconsultant2.com

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Welcome to Aix and Marseille, the central coast.

imgresMarseille is France’s second largest city is the place to head to enjoy the colorful sights and smells of a Mediterranean meting pot-cultures have definitely mingled here ever since the Greeks invaded, in about 600 bc. I would recommend that you tour the museums and the cathedrals , visit the Vieux Port, famous haunt of Marcel Pagnol’s Fanny, then head east to Aubagne to walk the Circuit Pagnol.

Aix- en- Provence. for one day you can join all the fashionable folk for whom cafe squatting, people-watching, and boutique- shopping are a way of life. Track the spirits of the town’s famous son, Paul Cezanne, by visiting the Jas de Bouffon, his newly opened family estate, and Mount Sainte Victoire, the main motif of this founder of modern art.

Central CassisCassis is a lovely harbor town that conjures up the Saint -Tropez of 1920s- you can take an excursion boat to the famously beautiful Calanques; Enjoy a picnic and a bottle of Cassis white and go down the steep sides to the hidden beaches and Fjord-like finger bays that probe the coast. To the East are Toulon and Ile d’Hyeres.

The five reasons to go.

Aix’s Cours Mirabeau: The Champs- Elysees of Posh Aix en Provence, this boulevard is lined with coffee shops like les deux Garcons, where Cezanne and Zola used to hang out.

Marseille. Order ahead at chez Fanfan’s and indulge in classic Bouillabaisse – This version will definitely make your tastebuds stand up.

Les Calanques. Near Cassis , these picturesque coves make you feel like you have stumbled onto the set of the Blue Lagoon, truly beautiful.

Iles d’Hyeres, nature paradise. A sense of pure escape can still be enjoyed on these islands covered with pine forests and sandy beaches.

Paul Cezanne. Tour Cezanne country in the area around Mount Sainte Victoire, near the artist’s hometown of Aix-En-Provence.

Anne Suire.

Travel planner and owner of Luxurytravelconsultant2.comGourmet Tours of Avignon, Provence 2019. Luxury Travel Consultant2 invites you to Avignon, Provence in October 2019.