Trips & Excursions

August 4 through 10, 2019


This six-day writing seminar, offered in Paris, the City of Light—a source of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists throughout history—will give you the time, the courage, and the presence of mind to write whatever you are moved or inspired to write about. This could be poetry, a novel, family history, a memoir, a graphic novel, a play, or even an OpEd...anything!

September 18 through 25, 2019

Next September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.

 

October 6 through 12

This fall, join a group of like-minded travelers to explore Tuscany and its central hill towns. We’ll stay for the week in Siena, historic rival of Florence, with its spectacular Duomo, winding narrow streets and gracious central Campo, perfect for an evening drink and people-watching. Outside of Siena is Tuscany’s agricultural heart, with its familiar rolling hills studded on the ridges by lines of dark cypresses.

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This tour, led by Kim Roberts, focuses on two remarkable writers who lived in Washington, DC in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first Aftican American poet to become nationally known. His wife, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, is less well known, but she was also an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. This tour will provide context for their lives in DC, discussing the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years between the Civil War and World War I.

Saturday, June 8 at 8 a.m.

Join Bruce Beehler, author of Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and Politics and Prose on a guided bird walk in the heart of Rock Creek Park. This bird walk will encounter an assortment of locally-breeding birds as well as the last of the spring migrants that pass through the D.C. area in May and early June.

Note: New Tour added: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m. to around 3 p.m.

 

Join Rick Massimo, author of A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set, for a tour of the neighborhood that was home to the bureaucratic, journalistic, and spy elites of Washington during the Cold War. Discover the house where a tea set was knocked over to stave off an international incident, the restaurant where a Soviet defector escaped through a bathroom, the house Kennedy made his last stop on Inauguration Night, and a whole lot more.

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

 

Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.