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Paris, France -- Paris: City of Lights, City of Love, fine food, wine, and cheese; and which has long been an inspiration for artists, novelists, and composers. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to the world’s most renowned museums – not to mention, the Eiffel Tower and popular entertainment venues.
Do you ever have as much time in Paris as you desire? And each time you visit, you wish you’d discovered more. Rosemary Flannery and Madison King, two ex-pats, now longtime Parisians, can help make the time you have more valuable and memorable. They’re part of the team of luxury tour service American Concierge, which custom designs itineraries for one, two, a group, a family. The word “concierge” is important here, because they personally guide you during your visit – arranging pickups, dinner reservations, entry fees (so there's never waiting in line), tickets for opera [don’t miss the tour of the breathtaking splendor of the Palais Garnier Opera (with the box reserved for the Phantom!) and cabaret spectaculars.Tours are quite flexible because you create them. The list is endless. Of course, it all comes at a price – and while not bargain-basement you have to weigh the convienence of have experts arrange everything for you.
Some choices to consider: a French cooking lesson, cheese tasting and full lunch in a private home, jazz clubs, cruises on the Seine, even visits outside the city, say to Versailles. Among areas, you might not wander into is Saint Martin, where you’ll find plays in stunning Rocco theatres from the 1850s, triumph archways that welcomed legions in eras past, and the modestly-priced four-star Art Deco restaurant Julien.
Paris is home to some of the most exciting cabaret spectaculars in the world:the Moulin Rouge in the cheeky Latin Quarter, the Lido de Paris right on the Champs Élysées, the Crazy Horse on Rue George V right in the middle of it all, and, the oldest and least expensive of cabarets, Paradis Latin, on the Left Bank, built on a charter from Napoleon and by Eiffel, near the Pantheon, where the show’s as wild as the food and champagne’re excellent. Mademoiselle Flannery, Monsieur King, and resident concierges will escort you by Metro, taxi, or private car. The concierges also know choice locations for petit déjeuner (breakfast) with fresh pastries, croissants, teas, hot chocolate, and decadent chocolate and macaroons. Their experience enhances your Paris experience – and, considering the personal service American Concierge offers, rates are affordable.
A popular tour is the three-hour Nightlights, an evening ride, perhaps with Monsieur King, who’ll sweep you through Paris in a late model sedan, luxury van, or vintage auto for stops at the Trocadero for a glittering light spectacular of the Eiffel Tower, down the Champs-Élysées past the Grand Palais, hopping out at the majestic Arc de Triomphe, then on to the Latin Quarter, Sorbonne, and monuments such as the Pantheon, and on across the Île de la Cité to the doors of Notre Dame; and, finally, across the Pont-Neuf to one of the City’s highest points and famed Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. If you're passionate about the arts and books, Mademoiselle Flannery has a memorable tour of museums -- not only the grandeur of the Pompidou, D'Orsay, and Louvre but also prized private collections at the Jacquemart-André, Marmottan-Monet, Nissim de Camondo, and Louis Vuitton Foundation Musees – not to mention Rodin masterworks in Les Tuileries on the way to the Musee de l’Orangerie [home of Monet’s “Water Lilies"].
“As anyone who has visited Paris knows,” states Ms. Flannery, “it’s easy to fall in love with its culture, beauty, and the way of life in diverse communities. As we guide visitors, our goal at American Concierge is to make you feel at home and share our love of the City in a way that will make you never forget it.”
American Concierge is the brainchild of partners Sharon Carr, who splits time between New York and Paris, and Ivan Zatkovich. The Paris-based chief operating officer is Guy Didier, former president of Paramount Pictures, France.
For more information on dozens of tours, pricing, and personal blogs by the company’s ex-pats, call (866) To-Paris (867-2747) or visit www.AmericanConcierge.com.
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