Black Paris Divas Take You Chez Josephine Baker, in Paris And to Her Castle in the South of France

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Black Paris Divas celebrate the year of Josephine BakerÂ?s 100th birthday with excursions to her French chateau as part of their Best of Black Paris package.

June 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Josephine Baker’s birth and Black Paris Divas International now offers travel agents access to a one-week package tour of Black Paris which includes an exclusive escorted visit to Josephine Baker’s chateau in the Dordogne, France.

The 8 days/7 nights package includes treats for all the senses: Travelers experience unforgettable dining at refined African, Caribbean and French restaurants renowned for their atmosphere as well as their cuisine; hot jazz; insider-led shopping trips; a private coach tour of the City of Light’s most well-known landmarks with opportunities to disembark for photos; and to bring Paris even closer to the heart - two fact-filled yet fun walking tours through Black American history in Paris.

But the pièce de resistance comes with the first-class train trip south to visit Josephine Baker’s former castle. There is no denying Josephine’s spirit still reigns through the exhibit that displays the most extensive collection of her costumes, memorabilia, furniture, honorary medals and entire rooms reproduced to the smallest detail. The tour of the chateau and surrounding manicured grounds will be guided by a local English-speaking specialist who brings further insight into Josephine’s ongoing influence in the area. Participants will further understand why Josephine made this region her home when they stay in the picture-perfect medieval town nearby, enjoy the luxury of a 3-star hotel, dine at two of the area’s finest restaurants and have just enough time to stroll the cobblestone streets and discover the regional specialties of truffles, foie gras, mushrooms, and Monballziac wine.

Black Paris Divas have been fine-tuning this package for two years. Their bilingual African-American guides ensure smooth communications and remain available throughout the trip to share their extensive knowledge, as all have lived in Paris or traveled there extensively. Groups are limited to 16 participants.

Two tours are scheduled so far for 2006:

Culture, Cuisine & Josephine: April 13-20,

Cents Ans de la Dame: May 29 - June 5.

The June excursion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to join in the Region’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Josephine’s birth. Admirers are expected from across Europe and one particular attraction will be the re-creation of Josephine’s avant-garde ‘Village of the World’ theme park, created to show the world many races living harmoniously side by side as did her 12 adopted ‘Rainbow Tribe’ children.

The chateau is open from Easter to mid-October and Black Paris Divas will gladly work with travel agents and organizers on other dates specific to clientele needs.

Black Paris Divas is made up of 4 dynamic travel specialists. Kat St. Thomas of Kattrax Tours has been organizing and leading multi-themed tours and cruises through Europe and the Caribbean for 23 years. Robin Bates, a former Paris resident, is the creator of the definitive web portal to Black Paris: Cafedelasoul. Julia Browne, who lived in Paris 12 years, has been guiding visitors through the enlightening history of African Americans in Paris since 1994 with Walking the Spirit Tours. Robin Mitchell, a PhD candidate in French and African Diasporic History, is Black Paris Diva’s permanent presence in Paris and partners with Julia in leading the historical tours while making Paris a homey experience for Black travelers.

As their slogan says, "You haven't experienced France until you've experienced it the Black Paris Divas way."

For further information, visit the Black Paris Divas website


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