Black Paris and a Taste of France

Inside Scoop: Black Paris and a Taste of France

Have you ever thought about the contributions that African Americans made in France?

France River Seine

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The Black Paris and a Taste of France tour offer an exclusive cultural experience which will provide those participating in this unique tour with information, insight and little known facts about the abundance of Black history in Paris.  During our tour we will visit places in Paris made famous by African American musicians, soldiers, writers, artists, historians, celebrities, and political exiles. From the 1800s to the beginning of WWI, and up to days of the Harlem Renaissance, to the 1970s, African Americans came to Paris to escape racism in America. While in Paris, African Americans became acquainted with a long list of the world's most famous Black expatriates and visitors. During the tour you find out more information on these famous African Americans.

During our Black Paris and a Tastes of France tour, we will also learn about the life of Josephine Baker and visit her famous Chateau des Milandes.  Josephine Baker paraded onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess." Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973.

We also visit the wine region of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is an amazing city not to be missed! There are so many things to see and do.  Bordeaux's beautiful architecture is inseparable from the city's identity.  From charming public gardens to monuments full of history, you will be captivated by the beauty of the city.  Bordeaux is a gourmet city! The capital of the Aquitaine region benefits from the fact that all the specialties of southwest France are in its back yard: foie gras from the Landes, oysters from Arcachon Bay, strawberries from the Périgord, Bazaz beef, etc. And Bordeaux is also the heart of the largest fine wine producing region in the world!