ParisTilton
The Left Bank Tour

May 9 - 16, 2015
7 Magical, Inspiring and Artful days in Paris
with Marcy and Katherine Tilton


A Glimpse into a ParisTilton Trip


Designers, teachers and sewing experts, Marcy and Katherine Tilton announce a springtime version of ParisTilton:

The Left Bank Tour
May 9 - 16, 2015

This intimate small group travel experience is tailored for women who enjoy design, fashion, textiles and art who want to explore and encounter the magic of Paris with a designer's eye.

While staying in the heart of the Left Bank, you'll experience living like a Parisian, exploring Paris with an artful eye. We share our favorite places, sources and secrets, with entry to places not open to the average tourist, and when our week is done you will know how to navigate the City of Light on your own.


The groups are small, 10 to 15. Come with a friend or group of friends, or come alone and make new friends. Shown here, our first day welcoming lunch.
At the end of the day, we often meet for dinner in a small bistro in the neighborhood for a simple and delicious little French meal.
When possible, we time the tours to coincide with exhibits at the Musee de la Textile et de la Mode (Museum of Textiles and Fashion) at the Louvre. Past exhibitions include Dries Von Noten, Balenciaga, Christian La Croix, Sonia Rykiel and Madeleine Vionnet.
Visit to a marvelous fashion exhibit featuring Balenciaga, with items from his personal clothing collection and seminal garments alongside an exhibition from Comme des Garcons showing the current season couture runway collection. A small but choice and exciting show.
A quiet moment in one of the great Paris museums.



Tour Cost:
$5995 double occupancy
More Tour Details
Registration Information


FAQs
If you have other questions, do send an e-mail: marcytilton@me.com Or, give us a call: 541-592-4675. We love to talk about Paris!
How is this springtime trip unique? ...and what if a non-sewing friend wants to come?
While this trip is definitely friendly for people who sew, there are 2 of us, so one will take the sew-ists to the fabric related places while the other takes the non-sewists to another attraction.

The focus is on design, seeing Paris with a designer's eye, which broadens the scope for everyone, no matter what you do, as Paris is one of the primary centers for all aspects of design.

Our French friends tell us that springtime is a beautiful time to come to Paris. We've found a small family run hotel in the heart of the Left Bank that is a on a quiet small street near St. Sulpice and the Luxembourg Gardens in an area full of wonderful restaurants and fabulous shopping.

...AND, Monet's house and gardens at Giverny is open in May, so a visit there is part of our itinerary.

PLUS, we've made some wonderful discoveries on the Left Bank that we want to share.
What if I want to come in early or stay after the tour ends?
Roberta's husband joined her at the end of the tour, then SHE showed him all around Paris!

The hotel extends the group rate if you want to add extra days at either end of the tour. You'll make these arrangements through Katherine and she passes this information on to the hotel. You will pay the hotel separately for the extra nights...when you check in you'll give the hotel your credit card info and the hotel will charge you when you check out for the extra nights and any incidentals.
What if I have questions about the trip once I have registered or special interests?
We have a group e-mail and will poll participants on their interests so we can tailor the week to what you want. We schedule a group conference call before the trip so everyone can hear questions from others and get to know each other.
Hands on perfume making workshop conducted by a second generation 'nose'. Get an inside sniff of how it is done, then do it, and everyone goes home with her own signature scent.
I want to come, but am traveling alone, how will that work for me? And, if I want a roommate, can you find me one?
While we can't guarantee a roommate, we pair people up as they enroll. So far, in all our years of taking groups to Paris, this system has worked! Karen from Eugene and Madeline from DC had a great time rooming together.

One of the wonderful things about these trips is the people who come are so much fun to be with. We bond. We become a little community, so there is always someone to have a meal with, take a walk, visit a museum, do a bit of shopping with. We go out and about together each day, then when there is free time, Katherine and I make sure that everyone is taken care of. You can go off on your own, hang out with me and/or Katherine, and we make plans for the end of the day, usually meeting back at the hotel in the little bar to recount the day, for show and tell, and to see if people want to have company for dinner.

Can I bring my spouse?
Yes, there is a spouse option. This includes the hotel (double room for the 2 of you), daily breakfast, farewell dinner, metro pass, transportation to and from airport. The spouse is on their own during the day while we are off on our adventures, but can meet you for dinner in the evening.



Sample Itinerary

While we PLAN PLAN PLAN ahead for our Paris adventure, we've discovered that much magic happens once we are in town, so we go in a week - 10 days early to find out the current happenings, meet new contacts and re-visit our perennial favorite spots.

Always we make new discoveries to fold into our tour week. Participants receive a daily printed itinerary complete with addresses of the places and sources we'll visit.

Marcy writes her favorite Paris walks, 'petits marchons', and each participant receives a copy.

The sample itinerary below gives a flavor of how we spend our days in Paris, visiting a different part of town each day, sharing how to get around, walking, on the metro and on the bus. Paris busses are a well kept secret, a great way to see the sights too.

  • Day 1 Saturday
  • 1PM: Meet in hotel lobby. Take a walking tour of neighborhood and have late welcome lunch* with group.
  • Early evening: Boat ride on the Seine.*
  • Day 2 Sunday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Visit flea market and have lunch at organic market.
  • Afternoon: Visit Textile Museum*.
  • Evening: Optional dinner on your own or with group.
  • Day 3 Monday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Neighborhood walk and tour of the Palais Royal. Visit speciality vintage couture boutique for history of the little black dress.
  • Afternoon: Visit fabric and arts district and a neighborhood mercerie.
  • Evening: Welcome dinner for group at a classically French restaurant.
A boat ride on the Seine gives an orientation of the city and helps with arrival day jet lag.
  • Day 4 Tuesday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Meet in lobby and walk to specialty studio/workshop that creates for the couture trade for a tour and demonstrations.
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of tucked away charming passages for shopping and lunch.
  • Optional visit to couture fabric store and then wander along the rue St-Honor?©.
  • Later Options: Return to hotel, visit the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.
  • Dinner on your own or with group.
  • Day 5 Wednesday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Depart for Marais walking tour. We will orient you in this charming old Parisian neighborhood, show you some of our favorite shops, studios, museums, restaurants and arrange a spot to meet for lunch. Free afternoon in the Marais. Hang out with us or go off on your own.
  • Evening: Dinner on your own or with group. The Louvre is open Wednesday evening.
Fashion lecture with the incomparable Dominique.
  • Day 6 Thursday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Day on the Left Bank. Walking tour and group orientation to this arty quarter loaded with famous cafes, bookstores, great restaurants, the Bon Marche department store (with an amazing gourmet shop and mercerie), historic churches, art galleries and museums. Spend the day wandering this fascinating area with our guidance or on your own.
  • Afternoon: Optional lunch at one of our favorite cafes. Free afternoon - we will shop with you or take you to the d'Orsay, the Rodin Museum, to the top of the Eiffel Tower or ??
  • Evening: Dinner on your own or with group. The d'Orsay Museum is open on Thursday evening.
Staying on the Left Bank, we will stop and linger (and people watch) at the justifiably renowned Cafe de Flore.

  • Day 7 Friday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Meet in lobby for early morning visit to the Orangerie. Late morning appointment to visit the atelier/studio and museum of a world famous fashion designer.
  • Lunch: Optional lunch with the group.
  • Afternoon: Free to wander the great shops along the Avenue Montaigne, stroll the
  • Champs Elysee or peruse the world class window shopping in the rue St-Honore neighborhood. Or, free time
  • Evening: Farewell group dinner
  • Day 8 Saturday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Depart for planes, trains and automobiles - au revoir!
We love to take our groups to this little neighborhood cafe in Montmartre for a quick and delicious lunch before exploring the neighborhood (and for some, fabric shopping).



What Our Past Tour Participants Say.....

"I love traveling with Marcy. I'd go anywhere she was willing to take me. She's organized, attentive, talented and FUN FUN FUN. She knows so much about Paris and is very generous in sharing her knowledge. She has been able to arrange wonderful small studio visits, leads us to great shops and neighborhoods. Her palate is wonderful so the food she discovers is fabulous. Her sister, Katharine, is now her partner and they are an incredible team. Lots of laughs. Lots of interesting inspiring side trips. I've been twice. great group dynamics, too. I recommend travel with Paris Tiltons with wholehearted enthusiasm. All ages, too."

Mary from Oregon
Going to Paris with Marcy was one of the best travel experiences I ever had. I dream of going again someday and the May trip may be the perfect opportunity. Even though each trip is unique because of the participants and excursions, I didn't want to go on the "same" trip as before. Marcy is thorough in her planning and organization, is a delight to be around with her energy and enthusiasm, and she knows her way around Paris! You don't always have to stay with the group if there is something else you'd like to experience--but the group is a lot of fun, and you don't want to miss out.
I remember my trip almost everyday: Standing in front of the Mona Lisa by myself, seeing in real life the Impressionist paintings I love, listening to the organ concert at the Notre Dame Cathedral with Mary and Robin, walking the streets and boulevards, and the list goes on. Going to France had always been a dream of mine, and going with Marcy was the perfect first experience!
Marla from Colorado

"Marcy and Katherine are the perfect traveling companions-organized and knowledgeable...... There is the freedom to go on your own but if you are less confident they were perfectly wonderful about guiding you where you wanted to go or letting you tag along on their forays. Very nice balance of activity/structure with free time to explore. Lots of walking, good food (but not many big evening meals which was great) and so much to see. I went to Paris alone and returned with a new sense of travel savvy that was the result of the gentle tutelage of the Tilton sisters."

Kristen from the Twin Cities
I went on Marcy's first tour to Paris. I was the only one in our group who had never met Marcy or taken any of her classes. Although I do some hand quilting, I didn't sew clothing like everyone else in the group. It didn't matter one bit. Although we did go shopping for fabric, we also went shopping for just about anything else. I had been to Paris 5 times before this trip, and I got to see sights I had never been to before. We went to restaurants I hadn't been to before, and are now on my list of favorites when I go back to Paris. I enjoyed meeting all of the ladies (and one brave man!) The best part of the trip for me was how relaxing it was. Even though we were very busy all day, I didn't have to make any decisions about anything. I just followed the plan, and had a fantastic time. I highly recommend going with Marcy!

Karen from Colorado



Logistics & Fun Included in the Tour Price
  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in a completely renovated small charming hotel on the Left Bank in the heart of old Paris, checking in on Saturday, May 9, 2015, checking out on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
  • Our charming family run hotel has a small intimate bar, a great place to gather in the evening...this is a sister hotel (run by the same family), to our favorite Right Bank hotel where we have taken our groups for over 10 years.
  • Delicious breakfasts in the lovely breakfast room.
  • Admission to all group venues, presentations, tours and meals listed as included.
  • Meals included are: breakfast each day, welcoming lunch, celebration dinner.
  • Museum fees for all group museum visits. The d'Orsay is walking distance from the hotel, and there are opportunities to visit museums throughout the week.
  • Metro and bus pass. You'll learn to navigate the metro and how to use the Paris busses too!
  • Transportation coming to and from the airport. Details provided upon registration.
  • Visit to the Musee de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre, to see the current exhibition (if there is an exhibition during our stay).
  • Visit to the Fondation Yves St. Laurent studio and museum located in the famous St. Laurent building. (depending on availability).
Yes, we shop! Here with the owner of one of our favorite Marais boutiques where the clothes are all designed by the owners and made in a small atelier right down the block.
  • Perfume making workshop: learn how it works and make your own signature scent
  • Visit to Giverny,
  • Fashion/couture lecture
  • Explore the Marais and visit a unique designer boutique and studio.
  • Spend a day exploring our favorite places on the Left Bank.
  • If you sew, we‚ will take/direct you to our sources for fabric and button shopping in the Paris fabric district as well and at upscale shops featuring fabric from haute couture collections as well as the uniquely French exquisite merceries, (French notions shops)
  • If you love fashion and clothes, we‚Äôll show you our favorite Parisian shops and sources.
  • Visit to a small flea market (vintage buttons) and Marche Biologique‚ (organic market) on Sunday morning.
  • Welcoming lunch. An exceptional celebration dinner.
  • Dining and conversation in cafes and restaurants ranging from well known to small out of the way spots.
  • All this and more, in discovering the beauty and magic of Paris in the company of kindred spirits.
  • Impromptu visits to studios, galleries, and special expositions.
Farewell dinner at our favorite Paris restaurant discovery...small, elegant, personal, run by a husband and wife team. She is out front, he is in the kitchen and the food is amazing!



..........................about us


Marcy says:
When Katherine and I were in Paris together celebrating her birthday, I had a dream of the two of us sharing a similar experience with other women and ParisTilton is the result of that dream. As collaborators we make an energetic travel team and love sharing our Paris savoir faire with others.

Katherine says:
Marcy has been exploring the nooks and crannies of Paris for 30 years, and her passion for all things Parisian is huge and infectious. Exploring Paris with Marcy is a grand adventure with new discoveries, delicious food, irresistible inspiration and lots of laughs.



From Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik (Random House)
"... is lined with wonderful shops; butchers with fat-wrapped noisettes d'agneau and bakers with various-sized Tarte Tatin, all caramel-colored, and childrens clothing stores, their windows filled with violet coats for small girls... . The rue Cler... is one of the nicest shopping and marche' streets in Paris, and it acts as a heart for the neighborhood ... . Then, by four o'clock, violet twilight falling, watching that sky that looks as though it were ready to snow though it never does, we get the bus back home. Going home, it goes down Saint-Dominique, gently, formally, perfectly curving across the Left Bank. I looked up the rue Jean Nicot and could see lights twinkling, like fireflies, right across the Seine, filling the trees. The hardest thing to convey is how lovely it all is and how that loveliness seems all you need...In that moment ... when you're walking from the bus stop to the rue Saint Dominique and the lights are twinkling across the river... you feel as if you've escaped."


 


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