A Week in Paris with Cara Black 2019

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October 6 – 13, 2019

You’re invited to join Cara and other Cara Black mystery-lovers for an exclusive week in Paris celebrating twenty years of Aimée Leduc!  We’ll start at the scene of the crime and visit the neighborhood with Cara weaving the stories and Donna making sure we don’t get carried away down some dark alley.

$4,450, based on single occupancy. There are no single supplements to pay.

Ready to pack your bags?  Click here for the registration form. This trip is LIMITED to 10 registrants.

Frequently Asked Questions and Terms & Conditions

Your Trip Leader will be Donna Morris, of Best Friend in Paris.  She has lived in Paris for more than 12 years. Whether you’ve beento Paris before or not, she’ll help you get to know the city a little more like a local and truly become your best friend while you are here. She and Cara have worked together on many trips and both have a keen curiosity for all things Paris so the trip promises to hold fun surprises!

We will meet in the hotel salon each evening with Cara to talk about the Aimée Leduc series and to sample French wines and hors d’oeuvres and to discuss the days’ events.

Please note that we may change this itinerary depending on changes in time or availability of some of our destinations. We’ll also adjust in case of weather or other unforeseen events.

Saturday, October 5

Depart from your home city for overnight travel to Paris. (Airfare not included in trip price.)

Sunday, October 6

Arrive in Paris and go by taxi or private car to the Hotel Relais Monceau described in Murder in Clichy, in the 8th arrondissement.  The hotel is located in a typically charming Paris neighborhood with a delightful bakery across the street and lots of good restaurants and cafés. The Parc Monceau, one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, is just down the street.

Since people will be arriving at different times, the afternoon is free. There are plenty of sites to see in the neighborhood and if you wish to venture further, we have two metro lines near the hotel to whisk you away.

6 pm. Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Monday, October 7

Murder in the Latin Quarter (2009, Cara’s 9th novel)

A Haitian woman arrives at the office of Leduc Detective and announces that she is Aimée’s sister, her father’s illegitimate daughter. Aimée is thrilled. A virtual orphan since her mother’s disappearance and her father’s death, she has always wanted a sister. Her partner, René, is wary of this stranger, but Aimée embraces her and soon finds herself involved in murky Haitian politics leading to murder. Aimee finds herself caught up in a murderous paper chase, one where even her godfather, Commissaire Morbier, has doubts about her innocence. The setting is the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of the Seine, in the old university district of Paris.

61, rue Buffon, Paris 5eme….

After lunch optional activity with Donna: A visit to the Musée de Cluny, the National Museum of the Middle Ages.

6:30pm. Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Tuesday, October 8

This morning, we’ll follow Donna for a tour of our neighborhood. We’ll visit the Chapelle Expiatoire, a beautiful and solemn monument commissioned by Louis XVIII in the memory of his brother, King Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette. After our visit, we will take the nearby metro to the town of Saint-Denis and pay our respects to the Queens and Kings of France at the Basilica of Saint-Denis.

Your afternoon is on your own. Donna will help you get where you’d like to go. And remember, we have some of the best department stores near our hotel. Galeries Lafayette, with an Angelina cafe, and the recently renovated and updated Printemps with a wonderful rooftop restaurant and two floors of food shops and dining options!

6:30pm. Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Wednesday, October 9

Murder in Belleville (2000, Cara’s 2nd novel)

Tensions run high in the working-class neighborhood of Belleville, known for its high concentration of Arab immigrants, when a hunger strike to protest against strict immigration laws escalates. Aimée is trying to help her old friend Anaïs, the wife of the interior minister, who had intended to confront Sylvie, her husband’s mistress. When a car bomb fueled by Algerian plastique takes Sylvie’s life, Anaïs begs Aimée to unravel the tangled threads that led to her death. But Aimée herself barely escapes with her life as she pursues terrorists among the Algerian nationalists and Islamic fundamentalists who have formed an underground North African network in Paris.

20 bis, rue Jean Moinon, Paris, 19eme…

After lunch optional activity with Donna: a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery.

6:30pm. Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Thursday, October 10

It’s market day in Paris. We’ll visit the lovely 7th arrondissement that hosts the twice weekly Marché Saxe-Breteuil.  The market here is rich with the produce of France as well as vendors selling scarves and leather goods.  It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts.  Afterwards, we’ll head to the Rodin Museum and have lunch in the beautiful sculpture gardens.

Your afternoon is on your own.  Donna will help you get where you’d like to go.  We will be in the neighborhood of the Invalides with its little know treasure of Relief Maps that are spectacular to see.  We are also near the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee de la Legion d’honneur, a too often overlooked treasure in the front of the d’Orsay and rue Cler, a lovely food shopping street.

Friday, October 11

Murder in Bel-Air (2019, Cara’s 19th novel)

Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to give the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughter’s playgroup: Aimée’s own mother, who was supposed to pick up Chloé, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloé, annoyed that, yet again, her mother has let her down. But as Aimée and Chloé are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighboring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. The last person seen talking to the dead woman talking to was Aimée’s mother—who has vanished. Trying to figure out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimee tracks down the dead woman’s possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did Sydney stumble into? Is she in trouble?

35 rue de Picpus, Paris 12eme…

Our tour today will start with a visit to the National Museum of the History of Immigration.  We will meet up with Cara at 2pm.

6:30pm.   Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Saturday, October 12

Today, we’ll trace Aimées footsteps from her office at Leduc Detective Agency to her flat in the former Hotel Lauzun on the Ile St-Louis.  And not only do we see the exterior of this magnificent home, we will also have a private guided tour.  This is an exceptional moment (and a first!) in our Cara Black visits to Paris.

The afternoon is free to finish up your last minute shopping or planning for your return home.

6:30pm.   Group joins Cara and Donna for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the hotel salon.

Sunday, October 13

Return flights home. Check-out is at 11:00am.

Details and Price

The price of the trip is $4,450 based on single occupancy. There are no single supplements to pay.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Seven nights at the Hotel Relais Monceau in the 8th arrondissement
  • Hot breakfast every morning, including bacon and eggs, with fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Paris Navigo pass for Metro and buses
  • Six-day museum pass
  • Daily tours of Paris, four led by Cara
  • Wine socials every evening with the Donna and Cara
  • Paris par Arrondissement mapbook
  • Four days with guided tours by Cara with Donna accompanying.  Other days are on your own or you can choose to do the activities proposed on the itinerary with Donna.
  • Directions for how to get to all the significant places on the trip by Metro or bus from the hotel, and how to return – plus guidance on what to see and where to eat
  • Restaurant reservations made for you if you like. We’ll provide you with a list nearby restaurants as well a some away from the hotel
  • Personal consultations with Donna to help you plan your days
  • What’s not included: lunches and dinners, transport to and from the airport, tickets to museums and attractions not covered by the museum pass, your flight to Paris and back home and anything else not listed under “What’s included.”

How to Register for the Trip
Our friend Sheila Campbell, of Wild Blue Yonder Trips, handles the accounting for our trip.  You can reserve your place with a $600 deposit, payable by check, made out to Wild Blue Yonder (Wild Blue Yonder, 1001 Spring Street, Suite 623, Silver Spring, MD 20910). If you’d rather pay with a credit card via PayPal (there’s a 3% surcharge), let us know (email Sheila at scampbell@wildblueyonder.biz and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice.  Click here for the registration form.

Physical Requirements for This Trip
Please note that we travel around the city exclusively by Paris bus and Metro – and there almost no escalators or elevators in the Paris Metro system. Even the Louvre is short of easy access. Plus, of course, we’ll be taking several long walking tours. So you’ll need to be able to walk several long blocks at a time without a rest stop, and navigate flights of stairs.

Make sure to read all the Frequently Asked Questions and Terms and Conditions.

If you have more questions, you can contact:

Donna Morris
Best Friend in Paris

Here’s what a few of our previous guests have had to say about their week in Paris with Cara and Donna:

“Traveling to France alone was way outside my comfort zone but I am glad I did. I enjoyed the people I met and the hotel was nice. So much of what Cara describes in her stories was the way I imagined. Thank you for a great trip.” Sue

“When I first heard of this Paris trip I thought it would give me a new view of a place I had visited many times. The trip did that and also let me meet some wonderful people.  Thanks to Cara I got to see how someone else formed a picture and a story. It was fascinating!”  Martina

“Just adding my thanks for a splendid trip, well prepared and orchestrated, with excellent company all around.  Cara, you are a brilliant weaver of fact and place and fiction.  Donna, you are a savvy saint as well as a true best friend in Paris.  And kind.”  Rebecca

“Donna, you are amazing! The best part of what you provided was you. You are so much fun, have a delightful personality, and you made it a great experience. Your flexibility made the trip a richer experience than had you kept to a rigid schedule. You really listened to everyone’s individual wants and needs, and made it happen for each person.”  Vicki

“I was such a delight to walk the streets of Paris with you and Cara.  Glimpsing into Cara’s mind as she showed us where Aimée and Morbier lived, the schools, cafes and of course Deluc Detective Agency, revealed the level of detail she draws from her research. As a result, the high quality books we have come to love!!”  Linda

“What a treat. There were so many things to remember about our trip. I especially enjoyed Cara’s and your guidance throughout. I’ll treasure the many hours of conversation.”  Bill

Click here for the registration form.