Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Paris with a Flare

Hey I got this in my inbox and thought it would be a perfect 2008 getaway - check out the details below!

Paris Noir … France with a Flare!
The Life and Culture of Josephine Baker
9 Days/8 Nights – Visit the City of Paris and the Dordogne
October 10 – 18, 2008

Join us in celebrating the life of the legendary Josephine Baker. With a tour guide you will experience the best of Black Paris and get a glimpse into the life of Josephine Baker. We will take an exclusive tour of Dordogne and a tour of Chateau des Milandes – the former home of Josephine Baker, which is now a museum. In Paris we will take a series of tours that will trace the illustrious lives and achievements of Black Americas who chose to live in Paris between 1789-1960. Our tours will be provided by "Walking the Spirit Tours" and they focus on three geographic areas – The Latin Quarter/St. Germain-des-Pres, Lower Montmarte, and Barbes-Chateau Rouge. Tour 1 (Voices and Visions in Exile) goes through the Latin Quarter and St.Germain-des-Pres neighborhoods, retracing the challenging and victorious experiences of African-American expatriates Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Chester Himes and William Gardner Smith. Tour 2 (the Entertainers) You will relive Montmarte of the 1920s and 1930s that vibrated with African art and surrealism, decadence and scandal, golden voices and magic music. Tour 3 (Africa in Paris) is a vibrant witness to the co-habitation of Black and Arabic Africa.

You will hear and see how African and French cultures have entwined on social, artistic and political levels since the mid-1800s. You will leave Paris with enough French history to give you a well rounded picture of the times and circumstances.

Your package includes:
· Nonstop roundtrip air on Air France from Wash. DC Dulles to Paris (other cities can be arranged)

· 6 nights Hotel Le Senat – 3 star - Latin Quarter Hotel -
· American breakfasts (6)

· 1 night Best Western Le Renoir (Sarlat, France)

· Tour 1 – Voices and Visions in Exile – writers, publishers, literary cafes and art galleries

· Tour 2 – The Entertainers – From Big Band to Bebop – J. Baker, L. Hughes, etc.

· Tour 3 – Africa in Paris – Barbes-Chateau Rouge – shops, businesses, markets

· Tour of Josephine Baker's Chateau – Chateau des Milandes – Dordogne

· All transfers, taxes, fees and service charges

· Meals as indicated

Rate per person: $2750.00 based on double occupancy. $2675 triple occupancy.
Deposit due NOW. $300.00 per person.
Optional Insurance: $175.00. $1,200 must be on account by April 1, 2008. Balance due: August 1, 2008. NOTE: Airport taxes are subject to change without notice until the time of ticketing. Additional collection may be required, if applicable. Make checks payable to Colesville Travel. MasterCard, Visa accepted (add 3%). Deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Payment plans available.

All Travel Arrangements Made By Colesville Travel
Cynthia Amin Hall
Office: 301-989-1654
Fax: 301-989-8473

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