In my unofficial, utterly unscientific but eerily accurate poll, Paris dominates the list for the destination that many women dream of visiting and revisiting. And, why not? Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Lights is renowned for the finest in food, fashion, wine, beauty, and cultural offerings - what more could a discerning lady ask for?
Get there with Je Suis. Paris - an 8-day tailor-made luxury extravaganza designed exclusively for women by women. Living up to their tagline "celebrate yourself in the city that celebrates women," Je Suis. Paris focuses on the finest fashion, gastronomy, wine, art, history, "joie de vivre" and more. Space is limited to 10 guests per tour and activities include wine tasting, a tour of the legendary San Germain area, VIP access to professional stylists to assist you in creating your perfect Parisian fashion statement, and many more special events.
The dates of the inaugural Je Suis. Paris tour are August 4-12, with subsequent dates in October, November and December. The price per person is in the mid $7k range (land only) and includes a deluxe single room in a 5-star boutique hotel, roundtrip deluxe airport transfers, meet & greet at the airport in Paris where you will be whisked through customs, a day in the Champagne region, several meals, and many fantastic perks.
Once you've booked your trip, celebrate with a petite bottle (375 ml) of Pol Roger White Foil ($30). Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. Pol Roger White Foil is a beguiling blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, with a minimum of 3 years of aging. The citrus flavors and notes of toasty brioche make Pol Roger White Foil the perfect bubbly to sip while planning your Parisian extravaganza!
Of course, shopping is a must when you're in Paris but you'll still want to bring some fashionable frocks with you! This black and white striped dress from French designer Agnes B. subtly reminded me of the Sonia Rykiel ensemble that Carrie Bradshaw wore for her arrival in Paris. Admittedly, this dress is a simpler and much less expensive interpretation but it can be played up with accessories. (Agnes B. Robe Marino - $325)