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Paris, the City of Light & the Île de France

Seductive, beguiling Paris is an entire museum of French culture hiding in plain sight. A city whose streets are lined with sidewalk cafes and antique shops, where a Gothic church is tucked into every neighborhood. The only thing missing to complete the picture is the faint sound of a concertina wafting through an open window. Paris is also one of the world’s most refined cities, a place where haute couture and cuisine sit side by side with world-class art museums like the Louvre and the D’Orsay. A short drive outside the city brings you to unforgettable sights such as Chartres Cathedral, the Palace at Versailles and Giverny, Monet’s home and gardens.

Because of our nearly four decades of personal and professional partnerships with French providers, we are able to not only offer our clients premium value for these indelible Paris and Île de France experiences but also the opportunity to savor them in a highly personalized luxury manner. Whether you are a budget minded traveler or one with Platinum travel tastes, let Endless Beginnings create a luxury custom journey to fulfill your dreams.

  • A Bouquiniste, Paris

Parisian Arrondissements

Parisian arrondissements or neighborhoods each possess a distinctive atmosphere. There are the famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb, Notre Dame, the Louvre and Palais Royal as well as historic neighborhoods like Le Marais, the fashionable, revitalized old Jewish quarter, Ile de la Cite, Ile St-Louis with its aristocratic mansions and antique shops. Some of the world’s finest museums are also to be found like Louvre, Picasso Museum, the Musee d'Orsay with its collection of Impressionist artists and the Musee Rodin. The basilicas and churches of Notre-Dame, Saint Sulpice, Saint Chapelle and the gardens like the Tuileries or Luxembourg are just made for leisurely strolls and are the perfect way to while away a Sunday afternoon.

Visit the Latin Quarter with its bookstores, the Sorbonne, medieval backstreets and boutiques, shop for antiques, browse picturesque flower markets or stop at a patisserie for a snack. Explore the cafes and brasseries of St-Germain and visit haute couture showrooms or flea markets of Montreuil and Clignancourt. Shop for beautiful antiques under the arcade of the Palais Royal at the Louvre des Antiquaires, for porcelain and crystal on rue de Paradis, or for chocolate, teas and other delicacies at gourmet stores such as Fauchon and Laduree.

  • Castle Park of Versailles

the Ile de France

The Île-de-France is the compact region immediately surrounding the capital of France, Paris. As such, the region includes all of the Paris metropolis, from the great capital itself through the gritty banlieue right out to now far-flung suburbs and exurbs, together with several large surrounding towns that form part of the greater conurbation. All is not urban sprawl, however: the region is also known for its natural beauty, in the form of parks, forests and river lands, and also contains some of the most fertile agricultural soil in France.

While most visitors to France make the City of Light their primary destination, excursions from Paris are a must and not to be missed. The royal palaces of Versailles, Fontainbleau with its famed forest, the village of Barbizon, Van Gogh’s final resting place at Auvers-sur-Oise, romantic Chantilly best known for lace, cream and stunning medieval manuscripts or Chartres’ Gothic cathedral with its unparalleled stained glass windows are all favorite day excursions. Other recommended trips include Reims and the surrounding Champagne region for wine tasting at local estates and cellars. Day trips from Paris can also be organized to Giverny, Rouen, the D-Day sites and the Loire Valley to visit its castles.

  • Shoppin in Paris

Shopping In Paris

"Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant," wrote the novelist Honoré de Balzac in 1830, and today it is still hard to argue with the sentiment. The city has been a centre of fashion since Louis XIV first donned a pair of white stockings.

From the opulence of the Golden Triangle, between avenues Montaigne, George V and Champs-Élysées to the shimmering boutiques of Rue Saint-Honoré and Place Vendôme, the city's concentration of exquisite couture and jewellery is unparalleled. But it's not just old-fashioned sophistication on offer – the city is also the birthplace of the 'concept store' and home to myriad vintage shops, hip designer boutiques.

  • le Relais de Eentrecote st Germain, Paris

Parisian Cuisine

The national passion for excellent cuisine makes eating in Paris one of the greatest pleasures of a holiday.

Today the chefs in many Parisian restaurants are turning towards the cooking of the Provinces. The most popular regional cooking style is from Lyon, Burgundy and the southwest. Provençal traditions with scents of garlic and olive oil are also gaining popularity. Lyonnais cooking characterized by salads and hearty meat-based recipes like andouillettes, Burgundian and foods from Bordeaux and the southwest are rich. Typical dishes are foie gras, jambon or homard persillé and cassoulet.

Paris & the Île de France Gallery

  •  Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower

  •  Vaux le Vicomte, the Ile de France

    Vaux le Vicomte, the Ile de France

  •  Seine River Cruise

    Seine River Cruise

  •  Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc

  •  Cheese Market

    Cheese Market

  •  Fruit Sstorefront

    Fruit Sstorefront

  •  Metropolitain Entrance

    Metropolitain Entrance

  •  Moulin Rouge

    Moulin Rouge

  •  Moulin Rouge Dancers

    Moulin Rouge Dancers

  •  Pont neuf, Ile de la Cite

    Pont neuf, Ile de la Cite

  •  Montmartre Cafes

    Montmartre Cafes

  •  Modern Paris

    Modern Paris

  •  Notre-Dame de Paris

    Notre-Dame de Paris

  •  French Wine Shop

    French Wine Shop

  •  Château de Chantilly

    Château de Chantilly

  • Ballooning in France
  • Ballooning in France
  • Ballooning Over Vineyards
  • Ballooning over French Vineyards

Ballooning in France

Imagine a romantic hot air balloon flight in France. Floating majestically and effortlessly over the prettiest regions including Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Burgundy, Auvergne. Hot air balloon flights can be enjoyed by everyone as there are no particular age or physical requirements. Take flight in the early hours just after dawn or later in the day just before sunset when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently, gazing down at the countryside carpet below, including châteaux, medieval villages, and vineyards. Finishing up with the traditional Champagne "toast aux Aéronautes" at the landing

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