The Ultimate in Millennium Tours
City Moves Houston’s Y2K Magazine,
the ultimate cultural experience. All this talk about moving
event the Millennium can be overwhelming. If you follow along
with me, I am sure that I can take you spinning back in time.
This is one trip that you will delight in extraordinaire!
Gregory Lee Patrick, the founder and owner of Tours of Enchantment
was truly an incredible experience, for I must say, he “enchanted”
as the excitement articulated in his voice, he went into detail
about an unimaginable, almost “Twilight Zone” like vacation.
Patrick stated, “I spent the last eight months arranging a
spectacular week in France, encompassing a rich mixture of
the finest French cuisine, the greatest wines, fashion, and
adventure. Art, history, entertainment, and fabulous guests
are as much a part of this experience as the renowned service
that only Tours of Enchantment can provide. It is my privilege
to offer The Renoir Experience to seven very fortunate couples
who will, indeed agree that this adventure will give new meaning
to the cliché….only once in a lifetime.”
that everything goes as smoothly as Tours of Enchantments
is accustomed, Gregory Lee Patrick, will be in Paris prior
to arrival. He will personally be behind the scenes to direct
your daily itinerary. His assistant, Jean-Pierre, will provide
guidance and interpretation throughout the week.
hosts, Paul and Marie-Paule Renoir, are down to earth and
gracious people. Establishing a life long friendship is very
easy. Their assistant, Nathalie Sophie Farinola, will be in
charge of the Renoir Archives displayed at each chateau. What
has inspired Patrick to pull together such a perfect, extravagant
journey? He answers, “I am extremely fortunate to have spent
many hours with Renoir’s grandson on both continents. Getting
to know Paul Renoir has inspired me to create The Renoir Experience”
the trip begins, you will receive the best possible service.
A Pre-Departure Concierge will be provided as needed.
service will begin ten days prior to departure; a concierge
will be assigned to each couple. This personal concierge will
handle every aspect of those pre-departure errands. There’s
no need to worry about loose ends or last minute necessities
the personalized concierge will handle everything. If needed,
a professional packer is sent to your home. Just sit back
and relax as you anxiously await the departure to France.
once in a lifetime experience includes only the finest of
transportation. Upon the departure and return, a stretch limousine
complete with police motorcade escort, will transfer in between
your home and Intercontinental Airport. The flight is non-stop
between Houston and Paris on Air France’s new alternative
to first class, l’Espace 127.
in France, you will be transported in a deluxe, custom motorcoach
with your personal butler on board to serve cocktails and
hors d’oeuvres. For some transfers, helicopters will take
you efficiently from one location to the next. The views are
breathtaking. Appreciate the flexibility to set down at your
discretion. Additionally, enroute form a chateau in the Loire
Valley to Paris. Dine in the first class dining car aboard
the Train de Grande Vitesse the fastest rail in the world.
in one of two privately - owned, superbly decorated and modernized
chateaux in the Loire Valley Chateau des Briottieres and
Chateau de la Verrerie. These magnificent estates will afford
the privacy and serenity that only the Loire Valley offers.
des Briottieres has been in the same family for six generations.
More recently it was selected the film site for the popular
movie “Impromptu” starring Emm Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Bernadet
Spencer, brother of Princess Di, featured Chateau de la Verrerie
as the first home in the series of “The Twelve Great Houses
of the World,” aired internationally on Super NBC.
is definitely to please even the most discerning palates.
French nouvelle cuisine will be served throughout the week,
prepared by one of Europe’s premiere chefs and one of America’s
top 10. In addition, you will have the opportunity to observe
or assist these two phenomenal chefs not that they’ll need
help! Have three assistants complimented by four captains
and a sommelier at your beck and call.
yourself in a wine tasting experience conducted by a top Parisian
sommelier. Sit in on two informative wine tastings which will
encompass the absolute finest wines, ports, cognacs, brandies,
and armagnacs providing daily selections for dinner including,
Chateau Petrus, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux,
Chateau Haut-Brion. Indeed, by week’s end, you will have savored
many of the finest French wines in existence!
yourself in a unique conversation during a dining experience
with interesting dinner guests one would rarely meet during
a lifetime. For example, Inspector Clement, Chief Inspector
of Forgeries will recount stories of famous international
forgeries, which have come across his desk.
to follow up are: Jean Fabris who is the Founder and President
of the Maurice Utrillo Association as well as the heir to
the Suzanne Valadon estate. Suzanne Valadon was Maurice Ultrillo’s
mother and the model for Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other impressionist
legends. Jean Fabris will relate his firsthand knowledge of
their life and times.
dinner guest are fascinating people such as the Princess of
France, Prince Philippe Maurice de Broglie and Prince Louis
Albert de Broglie, as well as the would be King of Ireland,
Lord Inchiquin and his beautiful wife, Lady Helen.
Couture endure dazzling performance with Louis Feraud during
your very own private fashion show in his beautifully appointed
Elysee Salon, on 88 Rue du Faubourg St. Honore. Five top Parisian
models will astound you displaying the bold, expressive vogue
of Feraud as you enjoy fine French champagne and delectable
canapés. In addition to the eight ensembles, Feraud’s latest
designs for the gentlemen are not to be left out.
to Paris is complete without a shopping spree. Expect a fashion
consultant for each couple to escort you down the Rue du Faubourg
St. Honore and the Avenue Montaigne.
fantasy trip continues along, awaken one morning to a wondrous
site; five colorful hot air balloons inflating on the lawn
of your chateau as you prepare to float over the Loire Valley.
There is nothing like the quiet serenity of soaring over the
French countryside, while sipping champagne and taking in
lunchtime arrives, relish a delectable lunch in the refined
atmosphere of one of the Royal London Yacht Club’s most treasured
jewels of the Seine- the Don Juan. Aboard this 100-foot yacht,
you will be able to appreciate the panoramic architecture
of Paris along the right and left banks, cruising at the pace
of a fast walk.
pleasure from the neighborly hospitality as four luxurious
helicopters will depart from your chateau to spend the afternoon
descending upon chateau after chateau throughout the Loire
Valley. You will enjoy a four-course lunch, with each course
presented on the lawn of a privately owned chateau. In exchange
for each chateau owner’s gracious hospitality, you will have
the opportunity to bestow upon them, a distinctive Texas styled
gift perhaps your favorite “Taste of Texas.”
with the Twentieth Century? Step into the Eighteen Century
as you are adorned with a custom designed and fitted costume
reminiscent of the period (1765) complete with powdered faces,
elaborate wigs, fans, and beauty marks. A custom fit costume
for this exclusive event will be tailored in Houston and provided
to dress for the occasion. Your personal make-up artist will
create “the look” benefiting your title and nobility. You’ll
learn the not so subtle language of the Seventeenth Century.
Use of fans to communicate your desires. Each couple will
have a personal servant at their disposal for the evening.
horse-drawn carriages will carry you back in time to Chateau
de Brissac; home of the Duke and Duchess of Brissac, where
you will be formally announced at the court of King Louis
XVI and Marie Antoinette. Enjoy the company of many remarkable
guests and celebrities. Awaiting you is a captive atmosphere
of music, dancing, flirting, and feasting. The feast that
King Louis XVI has commanded will go down in history as the
most decadent ever! Indeed, this fantastical evening is so
decadent it requires 87 staff to make it possible.
you ever dreamed or fantasized about being a titled noble?
An incentive is to be given to participants of the Eighteenth
Century ball. The one guest that exemplifies the full essence
of his character throughout the evening, will receive an official
title of nobility. When receiving the lordship of a manor,
you will inherit the status that this form of tenure implies
and become the successor in title to a line of men and women,
many of whom have had a pronounced influence on history. Feel
the astonishment as you are the first person on the planet
to accompany the grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Renoir,
in the recreation of “Le dejeuner des Canotiers,” his grandfather’s
most famous painting. The scene will be recreated on the terrace
of a La Maison Fournaise where Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted
it in 1881!
directs, two photographers will capture every detail, including
the reconstructed sailboat belonging to Gustave Caillebotte,
who is depicted in the original painting reconstruction of
his boat which was completed May 1,1996, and this was one
of its first commissions.
a selected shot will be transposed onto a 2’x 3’ artists’
canvas. An expert impressionist, using the master’s brushstrokes
and color palette, will the paint the scene with your likeness
of the character. This magnificent framed oil painting, with
the Renoir signature cachet; which was inherited by his grandson,
will be personally delivered to your home approximately four
evening rolls on, you shall embark on a journey through the
casinos and cabarets of Paris in your Nineteenth Century costumes.
is everlasting on this enchanting tour. One evening a harpist
will delight you, as sweet, angelic music dances off her fingertips.
Luxuriate in an opera bouffe during dinner, with a scene after
every course on another delightful night.
a favorite French pastime of “people watching” during high
tea at the Hotel Ritz and the Plaza Athenee two of Paris’
of the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee de l’Orangerie close off
the impressionist sections of the museum especially for you,
so Paul Renoir can give a personal narration of his grandfather’s
there an escort takes you to a bank vault in Paris, home to
original painting created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other
of Enchantment has commissioned one of Houston’s finest videographers
to accompany you throughout the entire week and capture every
exciting moment. Within four weeks of your return, you will
receive a 40 to 60 minute edited video with special effects
delivered to your home. These professionally produced videos
will be keepsakes that your family will treasure for generations.
it be nice not to have to interrupt your experience to capture
the moment on film? A commissioned photographer will take
care of the photos, making every shot natural, leaving unnecessary
worries behind…. Upon your return, a memory album of photographs
will be delivered to your home.