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Spring Weekend in Berry

Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th

Bourgeschateau dAinay le Vieil

Marie Sol de La Tour dAuvergneOur Chairman’s Circle and the Ambassadors’ Circle members are invited to attend an exclusive spring weekend in the Berry region.

We drive down from Paris to Bourges on Saturday, May 23rd (2 1/2 hour drive) and settle at the 4-star hotel Le Bourbon. In the afternoon we discover the beauty of the city, historically the capital of the Berry region, with a private guided tour of the cathedral Saint-Etienne, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its neighborhood.

In late afternoon FHS President Emeritus Princesse Marie-Sol de La Tour d’Auvergne opens the doors of her family home, the Château d’Ainay-le-Vieil for the Chairman’s Circle Dinner. Be ready for an exceptional night!

The Château d’Ainay-le-Vieil is a breathtaking treasure of 14th-century and Renaissance architecture surrounded by watery moats and by an extraordinary park including a celebrated rose garden that was entirely redesigned by Marie-Sol several years ago.

On Sunday morning, we drive back to Paris.

(departure from and return to the Hôtel Le Bristol, Paris)

Members’ Trip: Treasures of Paris and Ile de France II

Monday, May 25th – Thursday, May 28th

Paris

Paris in the spring is a wonder. Follow us along the Seine river and in the most private and exclusive places of the French capital and enjoy being an American in Paris!

During this exceptional week in Paris, we will discover in a unique way the most famous and beautiful museum in the world, the Louvre Museum, for a private visit of the new period rooms reopened recently and redesigned by the renowned French interior designer Jacques Garcia.

Near the Place du Palais Royal we will have exclusive access to the Conseil d’Etat one of the three most important departments of the French State for an official visit.

In the Marais district we will exceptionally be invited by the director of the Maison Victor Hugo to discover the house, currently under restoration, of the great 19th-century writer. This visit will give us the opportunity to discover the challenges facing the project and to discuss restoration policies and choices made in emblematic historic monuments in France. A stones throw from there, we will re-discover the recently re-opened musée Picasso in the Hôtel de Salé for a private curated tour outside of the opening hours.

Near the Champs-Elysées, the director of the Traveller’s Club will open for us the doors of the prestigious Hôtel de la Païva and guide us through its extravagant décor. Nearby, we will have the priviledge of being received by our long time partner, La Banque Transatlantique, for a private lunch in their Art Déco dining room.

In the 17th arrondissement we will visit the extraordinary workshop of boiserie artisan Guillaume Féau.

From Paris, we will spend one day in the Oise region to discover two wonders of the region: the cathedral of Laon one the the first major Gothic cathedrals in France and the wonderful château de Pierrefonds, a medieval château entirely restored in the 19th century by the architect Viollet Le Duc. We will enjoy lunch at a private 18th-century country house overlooking the surrounding valley.

During our trip, you will experience once again the warm welcome of Parisians and discover magical private apartments and hotel particuliers for intimate dinners.

If program changes become necessary, substitutions, on a par with the quality of the program, will be made by FHS.
Confirmed and detailed program and itinerary to follow.

From left to right: Staircase of the Hôtel Particulier La Païva,  The Maison Victor Hugo, The period rooms of the Louvre Museum, The Château de Pierrefonds

Staircase of the hôtel particulier La PaïvaThe Maison Victor HugoPeriod rooms of the Louvre MuseumChâteau de Pierrefonds

Dîner des Mécènes / Paris Gala

Save the Date – Thursday, May 28th

Dîner des Mécènes

We would be delighted to welcome you to our annual Paris Gala in a marvelous historical ballroom in the heart of the city.

(More details to follow)

Trip Information

For more information concerning these trips, contact the New York Office or call (212) 759-6846.

Cercle des Amis Benefits

The Cercle des Amis organizes specially created trips and activities in Paris for Ambassadors', Chairman’s Circle and Patron level donors, providing a personalized welcome to exclusive venues and homes in and around Paris.

The Cercle des Amis offers customized behind-the-scenes opportunities to explore France’s cultural treasures.

It introduces French Heritage Society donors to the individuals who own and protect these historic places. Activities range from private visits to châteaux and elegant Parisian homes to artisans’ studios.

The Cercle des Amis is led by devoted French Heritage Society organizer Astrid Stanfield-Pinel in France.