When you join us in Paris for the Holidays Dec 21-28, Christmas markets will be ending. However, there are street markets all year. If you wander past an organic market, scour it for herbal perfume and soap- delicate flavors of times past. Blvd Raspail has a Sunday market worth a few minutes. For markets open on Sundays, here is an excellent list: http://www.marjorierwilliams.com/2917/best-paris-markets-open-sunday/
New museums for impatient art viewers: the Louis Vuitton Fondation which we visit. Situated in the major park, this Frank Gehry building will startle you with angles and views of Paris. You will catch the LV logo in fun and frivolous places + trunks hanging on the restaurant wall. Closed for many years now reopened with near perfect renovation, The Picasso Museum contains his work plus his personal art collection. When we tour the medieval area of Paris where it is, ask our guide to help you return in your free time.
Experiences: Quai Branly which houses African and Asian primitive art in a Jean Nouvel miracle building, backs onto historic homes on one side and the Seine on the other. The museum often has primitive music playing and each corner will surprise you with cleverness. For an amazing view, ask to enter the gourmet restaurant which faces the Seine and Eiffel tower. $$$menu watch out.
Concerts in Paris: (We include a Dec. 24 Christmas eve ceremony at the 18c Madeleine church). Many concerts are in churches with excellent acoustics. Often women choose the well known Ste. Chapelle or St. Ephrem. Concerts are an excellent way to escape weather, dream and rest your feet. To buy tickets ahead of time: https://www.classictic.com/en/
Finally since Holidays are also a solemn time, why not visit a few WW II sites in Paris. Musee de l’Armee has excellent coverage of the war (from the French point of view). Others: The Holocaust Museum in The Marais. The many building signs that mark resistance leaders’ murders. The Memorial to the Unknown Jews and Memorial to the Martyrs Deported.
An excellent list is here: http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Paris_monuments.shtml#
To Book one of the remaining spaces on our Paris Trip Dec 21-28, go here: www.thewomenstravelgroup.com Come alone and ask for a share. You might get a single at no extra cost if there is no share available.
Bon Voyage from The Women’s Travel Group