Historian and author Claudine Hemingway with author and photographer Krystal Kenney, together will lead you through Paris unfolding the fascinating creative and historical stories they’ve spent years uncovering. On this history-filled adventure you’ll learn what made Hemingway tick and how a stained glass maker and poet combines her two skills for a one of a kind piece of art. Plus, what drove Delacroix to paint such large pieces and how an 8 floor building pulses with the painters of today. Paris has inspired artists and writers for hundreds of years and continues to inspire today. We can’t wait to share it with you. And don’t worry we will share our favorite restaurants and spots with you along the way.
The Female Artists of Paris
We shall begin our week together with a visit to the Comité Jacqueline Marval to see the exclusive collection of the artist, Apollinaire called her “one of the most remarkable artists of our time”.
Lunch will be at La Boite Aux Lettres for a quintessential Montmartre lunch on Rue Lepic where artists from Van Gogh to Degas once lived.
After lunch we’ll take a stroll back in time through Montmartre ending at the Musée de Montmartre. The museum is where many of the artists lived and painted including Renoir and Suzanne Valadon whose studio is still intact. Walk into her life and get a glimpse into the 19th century.
Working up a thirst we can enjoy an early apero at the relaxing private hidden Hotel Particulier which will be followed by an early dinner at the Moulin de la Galette which was immortalized on canvas by many an artist.
Hemingway in Paris & Saint Germain des Prés
In the life of Ernest Hemingway, his Paris years are the most known, but not always the most accurate. Claudine Hemingway, a descendant of the famed author, will take you on a tour through many of the important addresses of his time in Paris filled with the story of those years.
Afterwards we will enjoy lunch at an authentic and wonderful French restaurant Chez Fernand, nestled in the historic Odéon area. The small family owned restaurant is steep in all the classic French dishes.
We are in the shadows of the great Romantic artist Éugene Delacroix and so we’ll visit his small museum that resides in his former home and atelier which marked the final years of his life while he worked on the frescos in Saint Sulpice. Afterwards, we will visit the stunning church that holds said frescos as well as so much history.
For our cocktail hour, we’ll visit one of the hottest places in Paris, once beloved by Anthony Bourdain, the small but mighty L’Avant Comptoir de la Terre. Created by Yves Camdeborde as a way to enjoy a glass of wine or small plate. This is Claudine’s favorite place in Paris!
The rest of the night is yours, we will give you a few nearby spots for a casual dinner.
The New Artists of Paris
On day 4 we’ll step into the atelier of Alison Grace Koehler. Alison is a poet, stained glass artist, and vibrant member of the Parisian artistic community. Mixing poetry into her stained glass gives it a fresh new take on the age old art that once was only seen in the churches and cathedrals.
For lunch we will dine at the casual artsy French Brasserie L’Arrosoir beneath the Coulée Verse René-Dumont walkway that inspired the High Line in New York.
From the past to the artists of today, we will visit painter Stephanie McKenzie who is just one member of an eight level atelier Le 100 Establishment a community of painters and artists.
After a proper French sieste, we will head back to the right back tonight to dine at Willi’s Wine Bar near the Palais Royal. Willi’s is one of the first wine bars in Paris, opening in 1980. A personal favorite, the food is fantastic, the wine list is long and the atmosphere and staff charming.
The Impressionists that changed the art scene
We’ll start off the day viewing the art of the Impressionists in the morning light of the upper floor of the Musée d’Orsay. Monet, Degas and all their friends shook up the art world back in the day pulling it out of its classical realism tracks.
From one beautiful piece of art to another we’ll enjoy a classic and amazing crepe at Breizh Cafe before venturing through the Jardin du Luxembourg with our very own artist Krystal teaching you all the best tips and tricks when taking photos in Paris on your phone or camera. We’ll explore the gardens and hidden spots while you capture some of the over 100 statues dedicated to the artists, authors and infamous women in French history.
Relax in the garden or back at the Hotel Recamier before we venture over to the shadows of Notre Dame to the classic Chez Julien for dinner. If you love profiteroles and homemade chocolate sauce, this is your heaven.
The great artists that still inspire today
The Musée du Louvre was previously a former palace of kings that would transform into the largest museum in the world. For hundreds of years artists have stood in front of a canvas copying these masters. Manet, Morisot, Valadon and many more learned how to paint from the artists that came before them. We’ll explore many of these paintings and treasures of the Louvre guided by Claudine.
After soaking in the beauty of the Louvre, we’ll enjoy lunch just near the Palais Royal at the lovely Le Nemours. Famous for its wonderful setting and delicious Croque Madame and some of the nicer servers in Paris.
Take the afternoon off for some shopping, a rest or take a walk through the lovely Palais Royal before we meet for dinner.
Our last meal will be a celebratory dinner with a view to die for as we roll down the Seine on the famed chef Alain Ducasse’s floating restaurant. The Eiffel Tower sparkles for us as we talk about the discoveries and new memories we made during this magical week in Paris.
Breakfast and depart.
“America is my country, but Paris is my home” Gertrude Stein. Paris lives on in the hearts of everyone who has visited. After a morning cafe and croissant we will bid you adieu or hopefully á bientôt
Claudine Hemingway has had Paris in her blood for generations. As a descendant of the great author Ernest Hemingway, the love of Paris has always been there. Claudine is a French arts and cultural historian who loves to dig deeper and share the history of Paris and the people that shaped it through daily stories, live and virtual tours, and a weekly podcast. Join her daily to walk through the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, artists and those that created the city we love so much.
Krystal Kenney is an American creative who’s lived in Paris for over 10 years. Among her artistic ventures, she started a popular podcast – La Vie Creative – where she interviews artists in Paris. She also recently published her own memoir – Paris, a Life Less Ordinary – about her life in Paris, and loves taking visitors and locals on photography tours. Through her business, she has worked with many important french institutions including the Louvre, d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower.
Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals and teas plus beer or wine with dinner
Museum or other entry fees
All in-town transport except transfers to and from the airport.
Roundtrip airfare to France
Expenses of a personal nature – telephone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
Travel insurance – both trip cancellation and medical insurance are required