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NEW Chocolatine Workshops in France

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Bonjour! Chocolatine introduces some fabulous workshops available during your fabulous trip to France! Call your agent at Willamette Intl Travel for more info on these one-of-a-kind tours!

NEW – Chocolate Workshop

  • *Learn the secret of making delicious chocolate candies and confections with Laurent, a talented master chocolatier, in his private workshop in a non-touristy area of Paris.
  • *Taste a variety of chocolates as you learn about the process from cacao bean to chocolate bar.
  • *Participate in hands-on chocolate candy preparation with Laurent and write your name in chocolate on your creations!
  • Duration: 90-minutes
  • When: Monday through Friday
  • Number of Guests: 2-5 people


NEW – Just Croissants Workshop

  • *Spend 4 glorious hours learning how to make croissants—perfect, beautiful, authentic croissants—from scratch with Johanna, a very talented pastry chef in her new atelier!
  • *Discover the secrets of the flaky pastry as you leaven the dough, fold in the butter, shape the croissants, and prepare cream fillings.
  • *Savor your freshly-baked goodness with a beverage, and take away the rest!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • When: Monday & Tuesdays
  • Number of Guests: 3-6 people (no children under age 10)

Our NEW Chauffeur for you!

  • We have just connected with a fantastic chauffeur, ready to drive you around Paris! Although Paul is not a tour guide, he can showcase the highlights of the city and offer excellent information about the neighborhoods, monuments, and historic sites. If his guests want to enjoy a short coffee break… take photos… make a quick stop for a patisserie… Paul is happy to make it all happen!
  • Paul drives a brand new Nissan Qashqai
  • Number of guests: 3 people maximum – 1 in front, 2 in the back.  

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Giverny with Paul!

  • If you enjoyed the city drive with Paul, he’s just as delighted to escort you to Giverny!
  • Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • About 3 hours in Giverny, a visit to Monet’s garden, and time to stroll through the charming village.

Taste of Nice (an exclusive Chocolatine tour!)

Chocolatine’s wonderful Niçoise guide Monique (Nice-born and -raised!) takes visitors on a fantastic walking tour of Nice. Many summer guests enjoyed it immensely! For September and October travelers visiting the Riviera, this half-day (4-hour) tour provides a chance to discover the real heart and soul of Nice.


  • *Discover the unique architecture of the city.
  • *Meet the locals and discover the traditions of the Niçoises.
  • *Enjoy an introduction to AOC Olive Oil in the Alziari boutique—owned by the same family for five generations.
  • *Discover how a perfumer masters the creation of fragrances, while learning about the history of perfume. Create your own special perfume!
  • *Visit the oldest cellar in Nice (1860) where the owner, Franck, personally welcomes you. Add your name to a guest list that has included Elton John and Brad Pitt, and enjoy a conversation with Franck about his wine passion and his hometown of Nice.

Chocolatine in France. Hailing from France and based in the Pacific Northwest, Chocolatine offers private services in France that are 100% tailored to your needs. We work closely with them to arrange private excursions in Paris and elsewhere in France.

Call us to book at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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En France: Restaurant Recommendations

Bonjour from France! Our fellow vendors, friends, and agents have recommended some fine restaurants this past year. Here’s some of the best you should check out when next in France!  Have some of your favorite restaurants in Paris and beyond? Share with us your recommendations and we’ll post them on our blog!

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Le Pré Verre. This restaurant is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter near the Sorbonne. With a vivacious atmosphere, jazzy red and black décor, eclectic menu and wine list, this bistro has it all! Start off with some delicate grilled pork pate, followed with boiled duck or poached filet of hake—all at an affordable price. Turn your meal into an animated event serenaded by excellent jazz tunes.

Le Pré Verre
8 Rue Thénard, Paris
Tel: 01 43-54-59 47

Website: www.lepreverre.com
Open Tuesday through Saturday noon until 10:30 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday)

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Café Constant. This bistro-style restaurant is owned by well-known local restauranteurs who also own the Violon d’Ingres. Stop by for a coffee or take a dive into the extensive menu of oysters served in champagne sauce, foie gras, roast capon, veal sweetbread, white sausage truffé and succulent patisserie desserts.

Café Constant
139 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris
Tel: 01-47-53-73-34

Website: www.cafeconstant.com

Open 8h – 10.30pm

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Azabu. Petite and intimate Japanese restaurant. Commendable service and Japanese décor, well-presented and delicious dishes. From grilled fois gras in honey sauce to salmon hand rolls to sautéed mushrooms. You can order by dish or by set menu. There are even suggestions from the Chef. Recommended by a Frenchman used to eating in Japan!


3 rue Andre Mazet, Paris

Tel: 01-46-33-72-05

Website: http://azabu.fr/

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Fenocchio. If you should find yourself in Nice these next summer months, try out this ice cream parlor. Located in the beautiful old town, it’s the best crème glacée on the Riviera. With 94 flavors to choose from—Orange blossom, caramel salted butter, zabaglione, avocado, hazelnut, jasmine, ginger and more!—if you can dream it, they have it.

Fenocchio (two locations)

2 Place Rossetti, Nice

Tel 33-04-93-80-72-52

Open 9am to midnight

OR 6 rue de la Poissonerie, Nice

Tel: 33-04-93-62-88-80

Open 9am to midnight, except Tuesday

Website: http://www.fenocchio.fr/

For more insider info on France, give us a call! Our agents have spent decades traveling through the country and working with clients in organizing their dream vacations in the lovely land of baguettes and Bordeaux. Call us up at 503.224.0180 or shoot us an email at info@wittravel.com.

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