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Summer in Paris

With Politics & Prose

Sunday, July 20 through Saturday, July 26

(Optional extension through Tuesday, July 29)

Sunday, August 3 through Saturday, August 9

Both of the Paris trips are sold out. To reserve a spot on
the waitlist, please email

Politics & Prose invites you to join us and a small group of like-minded, book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. This is not group travel as you know it; no clambering onto busses or jamming en masse into touristy restaurants. Instead, you will be introduced to some of the small gems of Paris—the lesser known museums, the spectacular parks, the off the beaten track cafés. This is Politics & Prose’s third trip to Paris, with Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell of Best Friend in Paris, following rave reviews from previous participants.

Whether or not you’ve been to Paris before, you’ll get to know the city in a more intimate way. Each morning, you’ll choose where you’d like to go. Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell will lead small groups, moving about the city like Parisians. Participants can spend as much, or as little, time with the group as they like.

Our trip leaders will help guide you on how best to spend your time based on your tastes. They will handle all reservations, procure tickets, and make necessary arrangements for you. They’ll tell you about the city’s most enticing patisseries, confiseries, salons du thé, and the very best Paris-Brest pastry or caramels au buerre salé.

The boutique hotel we’ll be staying in is located in the Paris neighborhood depicted so movingly in The Hare with the Amber Eyes, the 8th arrondissement. We will meet in a hotel salon each evening with a staff member from Politics & Prose to sample French wines and discuss the days’ events, with perhaps a bit of book talk thrown into the mix. For dinner, we will break into small groups. No one will ever have to dine alone, unless he or she prefers solitude.

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The cost of the trip is $2570 a person, based on single occupancy. Here’s what’s included:
- Six nights at the Hotel Relais Monceau in the stylish 8th arrondissement
- Hot breakfast every morning, including bacon and eggs, with fresh squeezed orange juice
- Paris Navigo pass for Metro and buses
- Six-day museum pass
- Wine socials every evening with the trip leaders and a staff member of Politics & Prose
- Full set of Paris Metro maps by arrondissement
- Your choice of activities every day. Donna or Sheila will accompany you and others, or you can set off on your own
- Directions for how to get to all the significant places on the trip by Metro or bus from the hotel, and how to return—plus guidance on what to see and where to eat
- Restaurant reservations made for you if you like. We’ll provide you a list of the Paris restaurants and places where the French dine that many Americans haven’t discovered
- Personal consultations with Donna and Sheila to help you plan your days

The cost of the optional trip extension is $1550.


You can reserve your place on the trip with a $400 deposit, payable by check, made out to Wild Blue Yonder (Wild Blue Yonder, 1001 Spring Street, Suite 527, Silver Spring, MD 20910). If you’d rather pay with a credit card via PayPal (there’s a 3% surcharge), let us know (email Sheila at and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. Your deposit is fully refundable until 90 days before the start of the trip.

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First, be sure to read all the frequently asked questions and terms and conditions

If you have more questions, contact:

Susan Coll
Politics & Prose        
202 349-1195

Sheila Campbell
Wild Blue Yonder
301 587-4555

Donna Morris
Best Friend in Paris

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Jul 20 2014 - Jul 29 2014