April 24, 2019

Just Back: The Best of Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Enjoy this interview with Ashley Isaacs Ganz, the founder of Artisans of Leisure, about her recent France tour that included Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur–some of our favorite destinations during the glorious summer months.

Luxury France toursQ: Where did you visit on this trip?

A: We started in Paris, where we stayed at the iconic Ritz Paris. Luxury France toursThe hotel’s recent renovation is beautiful…

luxury Paris tour…and maintains the best of the hotel’s history and traditional style.

Luxury France toursLuxury France toursQ: How did you spend your time in Paris?

A: We visited favorite museums such as the Louvre…

Luxury France tours…Musee d’Orsay…

Luxury France tours…and l’Orangerie.

Luxury France toursWe also toured La Fondation Louis Vuitton…

Luxury France tours…which is filled with incredible art.

Luxury France toursWe spent time in favorite neighborhoods such as Le Marais…

Paris tours…and Ile Saint-Louis…

Luxury France tours…and ate at favorite spots such as the original Berthillon…

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…Laduree…

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…and Breizh Café.

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Our favorite thing to do in Paris is to walk…

luxury Paris tour… and walk…

luxury Paris tour… and walk.

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We stopped at gardens…

luxury Paris tour…amusement parks…

Luxury France tours…markets…

Paris food toursLuxury France tours…historic attractions such as Notre-Dame…

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…which will always be a symbol of Paris…

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…Sainte-Chapelle…

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…the Eiffel Tower…

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…and favorite shops.

Berthillon,We also spent a lot of time relaxing…

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…and enjoying The Ritz.

Luxury France toursWe also spent some time at one of our other favorite Paris hotels, Four Seasons Hotel George V.

Luxury France toursQ: Where did you visit after Paris?

A: From Paris, we continued to Provence.

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All of Provence was celebrating the season.

Provence toursQ: Where did you stay in Provence?

A: We began with a stay at La Bastide de Gordes, one of our preferred luxury hotels in the Luberon Valley in the heart of Provence.

Provence toursThe hotel is in the center of the village of Gordes.

Provence toursWe enjoyed visiting the weekly market…

Luxury France tours…nearby wineries, abbeys, hill towns, antiques centers and more.

Provence toursWe also enjoyed time by the pool…

Luxury France tours…taking in the hotel’s beautiful interiors…

Luxury France tours…and dining at the excellent restaurants.

Luxury France toursWe continued through Provence…

Luxury France tours… to Chateau La Coste…

Luxury Provence tour…a spectacular property that will appeal to anyone interested in art, architecture, food, wine and beautiful landscapes.

Luxury Provence tourChateau La Coste features art installations by leading artists and architects including Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry, Kengo Kuma, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Richard Serra, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ai Weiwei, Lee Ufan and many others.

Luxury France toursIt also has a luxury hotel…

Luxury France tours…many restaurants filled with incredible art…

Luxury France tours…and a winery.

Luxury France toursWe had a great time exploring the art sites, enjoying the delicious food and wine, and being surrounded by the Provencal countryside.

Luxury France toursQ: Did you visit any other parts of France?

A: We spent a few nights in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the coast.

Luxury France toursWe stayed at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat…

Luxury France tours The hotel has a beautiful setting overlooking gardens and the sea.

Luxury France toursThere’s also a beach club and cliffside walking paths.

Luxury France toursThe more contemporary building features suites with private pools…

Luxury France tours…that are ideal for anyone seeking an exclusive, private experience.

Luxury France toursQ: What did you do while you were in the Cote d’Azur?

A: We toured Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild…

Luxury France tours…with its impressive collections of porcelain…

Luxury France tours…beautiful interiors…

Luxury France tours…and extensive gardens next to the sea.

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We also visited Nice…

Luxury France tours…including the Cours Saleya…

Luxury France tours…with its antiques market…

Luxury France tours…and we had an exclusive private perfume-making lesson at one of France’s leading perfume houses.

Luxury France toursThe region is famous for its roses and other flowers, hence many leading perfume houses are based in Grasse, Eze and other nearby towns.

luxury Provence tourWe visited the region’s most charming small towns and beaches…

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…and dined at incredible restaurants.

Luxury France toursWe also toured design sites such as Villa Santo Sospir…

Luxury France tours…with its Jean Cocteau murals…

Luxury France tours…and other design highlights.

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Destinations:  Europe, France

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