Thursday, February 11, 2016

Join me for Ooh La La! in The Berkshires!


Announcing
Ooh La La! in The Berkshires!

July 25-29, 2016

Join Jamie Cat Callan, 
International best-selling author
For a delightful celebration week
At the luxurious Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA.
Meet friends who share your passion for all things French. 
And re-discover your own unique joie de vivre.


Come on your own or bring your guest
(Husband, Friend, Daughter, Mother, Partner, Sister, etc.)


Your stay includes:

4 Nights at The Cranwell Resort and Spa.  Including a $250 resort credit to use as you wish—either in the spa/beauty salon or in any resort restaurant or facility.  (And, if you or your husband or partner, golf, this is the place, mes amies!

Welcome Dinner.  Join us for a get-to-know-you welcome barbeque on the lawn of the mansion at Cranwell.  Say bonjour to old friends and meet and mingle with new friends. 

Daily Breakfast, included.  Organic, delicious and healthy.

Daily Writing Workshop with Jamie Cat Callan.  Perfect for beginners and more advanced writers.  Whether you’re writing a memoir or fiction, Jamie is an encouraging and inspiring teacher, with over 35 years experience helping writers find their authentic voice.

French Cooking Class.  Join a local French restaurant chef and learn the secret techniques of the French cooking.  And afterwards, we will enjoy a festive dinner together.

Make-up Demonstration.  Join us in the Cranwell Spa for a demonstration on how to create the French look. 

Edith Wharton Tour at The Mount.  Join us for a private tour of Edith Wharton’s mansion and learn how France influenced her life and work.  Afterwards, we will enjoy a champagne reception on the terrace and you’ll be free to explore her famous gardens.

Champagne Reception and Farewell Dinner.  Celebrate your new sense of French style and joie de vivre in the Cranwell’s exquisite ballroom.  It’s dress-up night!

The Berkshires of Massachusetts:  Summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum, MassMoCA, Clark Institute and so much more.  Our professional concierge will help in getting tickets and making visits to these places, all within short driving distance of Cranwell.

Payments, deposits and all that very necessary information:
The cost is $1,899 for double room occupancy.  
($2,260.00 for your own room.)

For more information and to reserve your space, please email me ASAP at Jamie@JamieCatCallan.com and tell me a little about yourself.  Or call me at 203-722-2624. 

To reserve your space, send $500 per person payable to:   
Traveling Professor LLC.

The Traveling Professor LLC.  
Please send it to:
JAMIE CAT CALLAN
C/O TRAVELING PROFESSOR
P.O. BOX 747
GREAT BARRINGTON , MA 01230
 

Please indicate name, address, phone number, email for you and all traveling companions.

Deposits are fully refundable, no questions asked, for up to 21 days after receipt.
Merci beaucoup!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Come back to Paris!

Bonjour, mes amies!
During the past few months, I've been in touch with my Paris friends--French women, French men, ex-pats living in the Paris, and all those who love Paris and what she stands for--beauty, pleasure and love.

My friends all say the same thing--please come back!  
Please come visit our shops, boutiques, cafes.  
Please stroll the boulevards and picnic along the Seine.  
Please open your heart to the City of Love, The City of Light.


And so, with this in mind, I offer you a list of romantic things to do in Paris:


1.  Take a sunset cruise along the Seine


2.  Walk through the Tuileries (holding hands, bien sur.)

3.  Go to the L’Orangerie. And visit Monet’s Water Lilies.
 4.  Enjoy an afternoon treat at Angelina (try the famous Mont Blanc, perhaps?) and later, dine at Les Flottes on rue Cambon (across from where Coco Chanel once housed her atlier) and where you can find the most delicate and delightful lingerie at Maison Cadolle.


5.  Sip tea at Lauderee or if it’s too crowded, do try Nina’s tea salon or the café at the Grande Mosquée de Paris.



6.  Walk to Notre Dame and on the way, stop at the famous literarati haunt, Shakespeare and Company.

7.  Picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg.  Bring chocolates or macarons from Roger Patrick.  Or perhaps, Pierre Hermé. Delicious!

8.  Stroll down St. Germain, go to the Maubert Mutulaté outdoor market. 
9.  Enjoy a café créme at Les Deux Magots, but they’ll probably be crowded, so you might try the more authentic Parisian Café Bonaparte (just behind Les Deux Magots.)  Sit and watch the world go by.

10.  Take a market/cooking class with La Cuisine

12.  Go to the show at Le Crazy Horse or the Lido (if you dare).

13.  Dance on the Seine (summers only)

14.  See the fabulously funny  show “How to be French in Under an Hour”
15.  Take the metro to Trocadero and snap lots of photos in front of the Eiffel Tower (best view—much better than trying to get a picture when you’re too close).  


After that, walk down

The Champs de Mars to the Eiffel Tower.

16.  Dine at Café Lipp (this was Hemingway’s favorite hangout).

17.  Window shop at Hermés and actually buy things at Bon Marché, Printemps and the trés chic shops on the Left Bank.  Look for pop up stores--here's on at BHV (in the Marais) where they sold vintage dresses! 


 J’adore window shopping.

18Visit the Louvre, but afterwards, be sure to dine with the Parisian hipsters at Le Fumoir.

19.  Venture out to Porte de Clignancourt for the world famous flea market.  Go with Mimi Bleu!  (Her link is below).

20.  Visit Pere Lachaise Cemetary and pay your respects to Collette and Jim Morrison (among many others!)

21.  Get romantic at O Chateau.  Famous wine bar and so delightful!

22.  Experiment.  Have fun.  Let your heart lead you,

mes amies!


Here's some resources, below.  I hope this is helpful and I hope you'll return and show dear Paris your support!  xoxo







Ooh La La! Paris Tours for Women Only,

Jamie Cat Callan author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone


author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone





Specialist in visits to the French Flea Markets,

shopping, insider Paris guide

Mimi Bleu

http://www.paristravelgroupe.com/



Literary Paris

John Baxter


author of  We’ll Always Have Paris



Sexy Paris

Secrets of Paris Tours with Heather Stimmler-Hall


author of  Naughty Paris



Paris on a Budge

The Traveling Professor


author of The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris

Lingerie Tours

Kate Kemp-Griffin


Editor of the Lingerie Journal and forthcoming book on the history of  French lingerie



Cultural Historian & Paris of the Twenties Tour

Edith

https://www.facebook.com/edith.szmuklerz








Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come Meet Me in New York City!

Bonjour, mes amis!
I will be at the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10 and I'd love to see you there!




Thanks to The Traveling Professor (I'm a guest at his booth 462), I have a limited number of free tickets to the show.  
They're a $20.00 value.  If you'd like one, please send me
an email at Jamie@JamieCatCallan.com as soon as possible and I'll give you the details.


The New York Times Travel Show at the Javitz Center is an amazing and spectacular show with lots of seminars on travel, insider hot spots, tour tips, and travel freebies!
You'll meet fun-loving, adventurous people--just like you and pick up lots of great travel information.

Plus, I'll be there, at booth 462 and I'm talking about Paris on the European Main Stage on Saturday at 4 p.m.

It would be such a joy for me to see you and say bonjour!


I would love to see you there!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I love Paris.

I love Paris. 




I love Paris for her gentle soul. I love Paris for her beauty and light. 

I love Paris because it is the place where I found my true sense of femininity and where I learned to be a grown-up woman. 

It's the place I found elegance and grace. 

Paris gave me back my soul when I was fifty years old, when I was at the very limit of middle age and could no longer ignore the fact that I had become a "femme d'un certain age." 

Paris gave me a name for what I wanted to be in the second half of my life. 

I will always love Paris and La Belle France for this. 
 
And, I stand with France because I stand up for beauty and grace. 


Vive la France!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pray for Paris

Dear Paris,
Sending prayers to you today from America.
Bon courage!
Love,
Jamie

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ooh La La! Paris Tour! Sign up now!

Discover your own Ooh La La! in Paris!
with international best-selling author
Jamie Cat Callan



For this very special tour of Paris, we've added new French beauty and style experts and lots of ooh la la! suprises, but the most exciting news  is that we will be staying at a new hotel--the ultra chic--Hotel Baume

Hotel Baume is an art deco hotel, very elegant and feminine, with an outdoor terrace and lots of space to mix and mingle and enjoy your champagne welcome toast, meeting the other Ooh La La! Ladies, before going out to a glamorous evening for our special Welcome Dinner. 

The very next day, you will begin your transformational tour through the City of Light, where you'll re-discover your own sense of unique beauty, your confidence and your essential feminine mystery--from yours truly, author of

 We'll visit wonderful museums--such as the Decorative Arts Museum and Opera Garnier (among others!) accompanied by the French Tour Guide extraordinaire, Mimi Bleu, editor of Belle Inspiration Magazine!

We'll stroll through the Parisian parks, and they'll be time to watch the world go by.
We'll shop at the little artsy boutiques on the Left Bank, as well as Bon Marché and the famous shops on rue St. Honoré.
Oh, and we will visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum, where you can sample and buy some of their famous fragrances.
Plus, we'll visit Madame Cadolle's boutique (lingerie royalty) as featured in Ooh La La!
You'll have an opportunity to make an appointment for a private consultation and fitting with Madame Cadolle herself, if you so desire.
We'll also accompany Sylvie (featured in French Women Don't Sleep Alone and Bonjour, Happiness!) for a very special chic Left Bank shopping expedition.
 And we'll also visit the fabulous gourmet shop, Ma Collection Marchande de Saveurs for some delicious gourmet treats!


One evening, we'll take a cruise along the River Seine and view the Eiffel Tower, all dressed up for the night in shimmering lights.  Trés romantique. 
And they'll be a champagne tasting, courtesy of the the famous wine bar, O Chateau.  So informative and so much fun!

And they'll be so much more! 

The cost for the tour (including hotel, welcome and farewell dinners, all breakfasts, airport limo pick up and tickets to events, champagne tasting, Seine cruise, Fragonard perfume visit, priority museum passes and appointments with French beauty and style experts) cost a total of $5,200.
  
For more information, please email me at Jamie@JamieCatCallan.com 
as soon as possible and tell me why you'd really like to go to Paris and experience the Ooh La La!

This is a small, private tour and I can accept a maximum of fourteen fun-loving, fit (we walk a lot!), enthusiastic, sincere and sweet women.


Jamie@JamieCatCallan.com
Merci beaucoup!

P.S.  If you'd like to read how one of my Ooh La La! Ladies loved her tour, please read her blog post here from Hostess of the Humble Bungalow.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Announcing the 2016 Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

Come with me to Paris this spring!
I'm so excited to announce our third 
Ooh La La! Paris tour, 
April 24 - May 1, 2016.  
And yes, we've added new French beauty and style experts and lots of ooh la la! surprises.  

The most exciting news  is that we will be staying at a new hotel--the ultra chic--Hotel Baume

Hotel Baume is an art deco hotel, very elegant and feminine, with an outdoor terrace and lots of space to mix and mingle and enjoy your Sunday, April 24th champagne welcome toast, meeting the other Ooh La La! Ladies, before going out to a glamorous evening for our special Welcome Dinner. 

The very next day, we'll begin our transformational tour through the City of Light, where you'll re-discover your own sense of unique beauty, your confidence and your essential feminine mystery--from yours truly, author of Ooh La La!Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don't Sleep Alone
and many of the French women featured in my books.

We'll shop at the little artsy boutiques on the Left Bank, as well as Bon Marché and the famous shops in the Marais.
Oh, and we will visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum, where you can sample and buy some of their famous fragrances.
Plus, we'll visit Madame Cadolle's boutique (lingerie royalty) as featured in Ooh La La!
You'll have an opportunity to make an appointment for a private consultation and fitting with Madame Cadolle herself, if you so desire.

One evening, we'll take a cruise along the River Seine and view the Eiffel Tower, all dressed up for the night in shimmering lights.  Trés romantique. 
There will also be a champagne tasting, courtesy of the  famous wine bar, O Chateau.  So informative and so much fun!

And brand new this year--Sylvie, true Parisian Bohème (featured in all three of my books) will take us on a private tour and share her Left Bank Shopping secrets.  

Merci, Sylvie!

Oh, and we'll go to the market with a very knowledgeable French chef!


And for those of you who enjoy writing, I'm adding a few evening writing workshops to the tour. 

And most exciting of all, the famous Mimi Bleu of Paris Travel Groupe will be there to guide us every step of the 
way!  J'adore Mimi! 




And yes, they'll be so much more and some delightful surprises!

Please let me know something about yourself and why you'd like to go to Paris with me next spring.  This is a small, private tour and I can accept a maximum of fourteen fun-loving, fit (we walk a lot!), enthusiastic, sincere and sweet women.

So, please write to me as soon as possible, tell me a little bit about yourself and why you really-really-really want to come to Paris!

Jamie@JamieCatCallan.com


Merci beaucoup!