Information for Paris, City of Light Photo Workshop
May 12-16, 2017, Friday morning through Tuesday evening
Cost: $1,680 w/ discounts available; $2,784 for alumni who also join us in Taormina (combined fees); $3,310 for non-alumni who also join us in Taormina (combined fees). See also Two-fer pricing for Paris/Prague and Three-fer pricing for Taormina/Paris/Prague.
We accept cash and credit card payments through PayPal. Please e-mail a copy of your completed Application pages, so we can coordinate it with your payment/acceptance.
We highly recommend trip insurance that includes travel health insurance, especially for overseas trips. You don't want to be cut off if you get sick before or during a trip and find that you have no recource or support.
Click here for a link to a page we have written specifically on travel insurance.
You will want to make sure that the company you select is a BBB Accreduted business with an A+ rating. Links for this are here.
Our travel agent and we have used Travelex for years, but that is not to say that there are not other reputable companies that you may prefer.
If you do decide to use Travelex, please mention that you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures and give them code BCPA 27-6058.
We will be based at a charming, quiet hotel in the heart of the 5th (Latin Quarter).
Our location is ideally situated for exploring Paris. With cafés around the corners and our favorite restaurants nearby, we have so much to savor.
Usually, bookings are not taken until October of November, but we have arranged it so that we can make reservations now. When we receive your application and monies due at the time of the application, we will forward your name to our contact so that you can take advantage of our very attractive rates.
Rates + taxes & tarifs
Go to XE for current conversions.
Single (actually a double bed)
€183 + Paris city tax per person €1,65
€216 + Paris city tax per person €1,65
In order to take advantage of this rate, you will need to contact Audrey at the hotel and tell her you are with Margo. I will give her the names of our participants so that others not with us cannot take advantage of this very attractive rate.
In cases such as this workshop location, the room rate actually includes our daily imaging room. Normally, that room incurs a hefty fee. So unless you are local, please join the rest of your fellow participants. Otherwise, expect to pay a surcharge of up to $75. This obviously will cost a lot more than a few dollars saved with Expedia or other booking sites. Besides, it is more fun and more practical for carpooling if we all stay in the same location.
Hotels, B&Bs and inns fill up quickly, so we highly recommend making your
reservations ASAP, and for Paris, these rates are very reasonable.
If you miss out on the above, go to Google Maps and then try TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet for other choices. Take advantage of the long weekend to return to some of your favorite workshop locations or explore others.
The nearest major Airport is
Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is just outside of the city where you can easily arrange for a van pick-up to take you to the hotel and return you to the airport. It is reasonable and hassle free! There are Uber drivers very reasonable)s, taxis (be sure to only use the official ones in line), and, there is the train and Metro, the least expensive way.
Navigating the maze of overseas flights can be daunting, totally frustrating, and time-consuming as we all search for the best fare. We have two travel agents that we can highly recommend — Cheryl Darwell or her associate Sharon Erickson at www.Cheryl-CruisePlanners.com in West End, NC. They are both also American Express Travel Representatives. They are both well traveled and are very savvy in so much more than just cruises. They have access to resources unavailable to us mere mortals and can often find fares that are below the ones on the Internet.
With domestic fares, they do need to charge a fee, but for many, it is well worth it. Call Cheryl or Sharon at at 877-693-4535 (East Coast) or e-mail them as noted above.
Please note that in cases where we negotiate special rates with our hotels, you must either book through our travel agent, or use our links and make your reservations yourself. This information is noted for each workshop under Accommodations above.
It is always good to check with your airline before traveling to make sure you are complying with their current rules. Alas, TSA no longer has guidelines and passes consumers along to their airline of choice. Be prepared to do some deep digging.
We NEVER check our camera gear; nor do we ever check our laptops. The airlines will not cover these, and even if they did, you would be up a creek without those items. Common sense dictates that you allow plenty of extra time should TSA ask you to empty your bag and sift through each item one by one.
You may also want to select your airline based on its willingness to work with photographers...
Remember, you may have to check your bag plane-side before boarding smaller aircraft. We have done this numerous times over the decades without any problems ... knock on wood!
If you are a member of a photo association, carry your membership card. It may help
you, but that is not a guarantee.
Finally, too many people bring too much gear. The less you worry about your gear, the more you will see what is around you.
There is no need in Paris for a rental car. Paris is a city made for walking. You need to wander with us along the Seine, watching the people browsing the book stalls, enjoying the various parks, taking a break in a sidewalk café, etc. That said, there are times we may take the Metro or a Batobus, but unless we venture outside the city, NOT a car!
If, however, you will be exploring by car afterwards, we recommend you check out SixT in additional to your regular rental car companies. We have found their rentals to be very reasonable.