Carli Fernandez / Smartflyer / Virtuoso / January 2019

Hi Carli! Happy New Year! We are back home, and wanted to take a moment to tell you about our unforgettable trip to Paris! First, we had no trouble at all with the protesters. We are so very glad that we took your advice and kept the trip exactly as scheduled! I apologize for the length of this email, but there are just so many highlights that need to be mentioned!

The meet and greet at the airport was seamless.
Both of our drivers were friendly and knowledgeable.
The Shangri-La was outstanding. The service and accommodations were beyond five star.
The view was spectacular! We ended up with a balcony and a beautiful soaking tub, with unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower (from both the tub and the bedroom).
The cheese and wine tasting in the cheese shop was great. Delicious and educational.
The Eiffel Tower tour was exhilarating and unforgettable.
Elvira was friendly and informative. A pleasure.
The Loire Valley was delightful. The castles were gorgeous! The wine tasting was fun and interesting. The wine cellar was nice, but lacked the wow factor. Only three small glasses of wine and three small pieces of cheese, following a slide show.
Petr was fantastic! Friendly, informative and interesting. We enjoyed our time with him.
The gourmet walk was fabulous! All of the tastings were delicious and Muguet was enthusiastic and very interesting and informative.
Petr found time to take us on an impromptu visit to Notre Dame. It was a highlight of our trip! A real bonus!
The Musee Rodin was gorgeous! Such a great experience.
The Opera Garnier visit was so special! Our guide; Rita, made it a very personal experience by including interesting information about The Phantom of the Opera.
Les Marches was cozy and delicious. A really nice meal.
The market tour and cooking class were so fun! A real treat! Olivier was quirky and fun! His assistant, Natasha was gracious and helpful.
Petr took us to Versailles. Again a wonderful experience! At this point it felt like we were touring with a friend. A friend who knew everything there is to know about Versailles!
Le Fontaine de Mars was a fabulous meal! The seafood was fresh and delicious and the atmosphere was inviting and warm.
Elvira was our guide for Musee du Louvre. She was very knowledgeable and informative even though the crowds were crazy and she was not feeling well.
Our only negative experience was viewing the Mona Lisa. The crowds were so insane, it felt unsafe. We would not do that again.
Abeille was spectacular! An amazing, elegant, intimate and delicious way to ring in the New Year!
Our ride back to the airport was great, but bittersweet, because we wished we could have stayed longer in this beautiful City!
Both drivers we had during the week were helpful, kind and friendly. A real pleasure!

Overall it was a truly excellent trip! More than we could have imagined!

Thank you for all the planning and hard work you did to make our first time in Paris a magical experience!!

We can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with for Greece!

Merci Beaucoup!!!!
Joe and Carolyn Hyon