During this special Cultural Stay, immerse yourself in the “City of Light” and see it through the lens of the African American experience. Among other highlights you’ll enjoy insightful thematic tours that focus on esteemed African American expats, authors, activists, and musicians; a meeting with an award-winning novelist; and a jazz concert.

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Paris: The African American Experience

9 days from $4,890

During this special Cultural Stay, immerse yourself in the “City of Light” and see it through the lens of the African American experience. Among other highlights you’ll enjoy insightful thematic tours that focus on esteemed African American expats, authors, activists, and musicians; a meeting with an award-winning novelist; and a jazz concert.

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Accommodations

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Les Jardins du Marais

Paris, France

A peaceful hotel in the fashionable Marais district, Les Jardins du Marais is set away from the bustle of the streets but just a short walk from the historic Place des Vosges and the impressive Picasso Museum. The four buildings that make up the hotel encircle a central courtyard lined with elegant tables and small gardens. The contemporary hotel bar features bold velvets and quirky furniture, though you can chose to have breakfast or an evening drink in the courtyard. There are also plenty of delightful restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. The elegant rooms offer all modern amenities including a complimentary smartphone. There is also a chic spa and modern gym.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Level

Activity Level 2:  Moderate 

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and hotel stay. Moderate pace with some afternoons and evenings at leisure. Extensive walking tours of neighborhoods, museums, and outdoor sites. Some included excursions will require the use of public transportation within the city and to Versailles. The hotel is centrally located for easy access to museums, sites, shops, and restaurants, which is ideal for time at leisure. 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (especially walking tours). 

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Reading List

Highly Recommended

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
By: Graham Robb
The New York Times bestseller: the secrets of the City of Light, revealed in the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten—by the author of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map—there were no reliable ones at the time—Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohème, Proust, Adolf Hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame)—these and many more are Robb’s cast of characters, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel. 16 pages of full-color illustrations
Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast (Paperback); 1996 Edition
By: Ernest Hemingway
DK Eyewitness Paris: 2020 (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness
By: Trica Danielle Keaton, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Tyler Stovall
In Black France / France Noire, scholars, activists, and novelists from France and the United States address the untenable paradox at the heart of French society. France's constitutional and legal discourses do not recognize race as a meaningful category. Yet the lived realities of race and racism are ever-present in the nation's supposedly race-blind society. The vaunted universalist principles of the French Republic are far from realized. Any claim of color-blindness is belied by experiences of anti-black racism, which render blackness a real and consequential historical, social, and political formation. Contributors to this collection of essays demonstrate that blackness in France is less an identity than a response to and rejection of anti-black racism. Black France / France Noire is a distinctive and important contribution to the increasingly public debates on diversity, race, racialization, and multicultural intolerance in French society and beyond.Contributors. Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, Allison Blakely, Jennifer Anne Boittin, Marcus Bruce, Fred Constant, Mamadou Diouf, Arlette Frund, Michel Giraud, Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Trica Danielle Keaton, Jake Lamar, Patrick Lozès, Alain Mabanckou, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Tyler Stovall, Christiane Taubira, Dominic Thomas, Gary Wilder

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Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary
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Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960
By: Andy Fry
The Jazz Age. The phrase conjures images of Louis Armstrong holding court at the Sunset Cafe in Chicago, Duke Ellington dazzling crowds at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and star singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. But the Jazz Age was every bit as much of a Paris phenomenon as it was a Chicago and New York scene. In Paris Blues, Andy Fry provides an alternative history of African American music and musicians in France, one that looks beyond familiar personalities and well-rehearsed stories. He pinpoints key issues of race and nation in France’s complicated jazz history from the 1920s through the 1950s. While he deals with many of the traditional icons―such as Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, and Sidney Bechet, among others―what he asks is how they came to be so iconic, and what their stories hide as well as what they preserve. Fry focuses throughout on early jazz and swing but includes its re-creation―reinvention―in the 1950s. Along the way, he pays tribute to forgotten traditions such as black musical theater, white show bands, and French wartime swing. Paris Blues provides a nuanced account of the French reception of African Americans and their music and contributes greatly to a growing literature on jazz, race, and nation in France.
Eugene Bullard, Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris
By: Craig Lloyd
Although he was the first African American fighter pilot, Eugene J. Bullard is still a relative stranger in his homeland. An accomplished professional boxer, musician, club manager, and impresario of Parisian nightlife between the world wars, Bullard found in Europe a degree of respect and freedom unknown to blacks in America. There, for twenty-five years, he helped define the expatriate experience for countless other African American artists, writers, performers, and athletes.This is the first biography of Bullard in thirty years and the most complete ever. It follows Bullard's lifelong search for respect from his poor boyhood in Jim-Crow Georgia to his attainment of notoriety in Jazz-Age Paris and his exploits fighting for his adopted country, for which he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Drawing on a vast amount of archival material in the United States, Great Britain, and France, Craig Lloyd unfolds the vibrant story of an African American who sought freedom overseas. Lloyd provides a new look at the black expatriate community in Paris, taking readers into the cabarets where Bullard rubbed elbows with Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, and even the Prince of Wales. Lloyd also uses Bullard's life as a lens through which to view the racism that continued to dog him even in Europe in his encounters with traveling Americans.When Hitler conquered France, Bullard was wounded in action and then escaped to America. There, his European successes counted for little: he spent his last years in obscurity and hardship but continued to work for racial justice. Eugene Bullard, Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris offers a fascinating look at an extraordinary man who lived on his own terms and adds a new facet to our understanding of the black diaspora.
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
By: John Baxter
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The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
By: David Lebovitz
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In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
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