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Small group tours to Europe with Culinary Instructor Karen Gros

Privately guided tour at the Impressionist Museum, Musée d’Orsay

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Privately guided tour at the Impressionist Museum, Musée d’Orsay

In addition to my emphasis on food, I also weave in cultural outings based on a central theme.  My current theme for Paris is the Impressionists; we thus not only enjoy a day trip to Monet’s House & Gardens in Giverny, we also delight in a privately guided tour with Paris Walks at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Our guide, British lecturer James, shares perspective on the influences leading to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. James discusses The Floor Scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) Caillebotte, from an upper-class Parisian family, is known for painting in...

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My favorite chocolate in Paris?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

My favorite chocolate in Paris?

Want to know my favorite chocolatier in Paris?  That’s a loaded question, and a difficult one for me to answer, since I like several and they sometimes change. But I can easily tell you about my favorite Chocolate Tour & Tasting which we do with my group each year when visiting Paris.  Chocolate connoisseur and certified guide Iris from Paris Walks guides us on a 2-hour walking tour ~ a journey of historical anecdotes centered around chocolate peppered with architectural marvels, including an enchanting “covered passage” in Paris (les passages couverts are the stylish covered...

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The quest for Paris’ perfect Mont Blanc

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

The quest for Paris’ perfect Mont Blanc

I used to be known for my sweet tooth, and though I eat far less sweets than in the past, I have my favorites in Paris:  chocolate, macarons, and mont blanc.  My friend Véronique and I make it a point to get over to Angelina tea salon at least once during my stay, we order the mont blanc to take out, and enjoy it in the park.  Mont blanc is crème de marrons (chestnut cream) with chantilly (whipped cream) and meringue. So far, I have sampled three different ones ~ Restaurant La Fontaine de Mars near the Eiffel Tower (very good, even had bits of marron glacé, candied chestnuts, in the...

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Magical day in Champagne

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Magical day in Champagne

The weather turned beautiful just in time for our day long outing in Champagne.  We started with a private tour at the prestigious world-renowned Champagne House of Moët et Chandon, dating from 1743.  Moët et Chandon is one of the world’s largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house.  The company is co-owner of the largest luxury goods group in the world, Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton (LVMH), and holds a Royal Warrant to supply champagne to Queen Elizabeth II of England. Inside the cellars of Moët et Chandon The network of cellars at Moët et Chandon span 15+...

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Gâteau de l’opéra

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Gâteau de l’opéra

A favorite highlight of my Paris trip is the chocolate tour and tasting.  Our guide, Iris, leads us on a 2-hour walking tour to discover hidden alleys and special addresses. The first stop was at Gosselin near Palais Royal, a pastry shop specializing in my favorite cake of all ~ the opéra.  It’s delicate balance of coffee and chocolate.  It’s not mocha, as the coffee and chocolate remain distinctly separate. Iris describes the opera cake as we stop for a tasting in the Palais Royal gardens. This is as good as it gets; witness the chocolate glaçage, smooth as glass, topped...

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9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Homepage, Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

9 Days in Paris ~ The City of Lights

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.   But it’s not enough for me to just go there.  The fun part is sharing it.  And sharing it from an insider’s perspective is even better.  Imagine yourself saying “bonjour” to your French neighbors as you come and go each morning from your Paris apartment.  One can certainly travel alone in a place like Paris, where it’s so easy to walk everywhere and public transport abounds at every turn.  But there is only so much you can do on your own. Traveling with me allows you special access to activities that you...

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