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Exploring An Off-the-Beaten-Track Paris for Curious Travelers: A Two Part Course with Margaux Hofstedt

Exploring An Off-the-Beaten-Track Paris for Curious Travelers: A Two Part Course with Margaux Hofstedt


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Led by an expert on the hidden treasures of Paris, Professor Margaux Hofstedt, this lecture will take you to the nooks and crannies known only to Parisians and connoisseurs, remarkable places that will enable you to (re)discover Paris from original and unique angles. Still preserved and, in some cases, highly confidential, these intriguing and precious addresses remain lesser-known and well protected. 

From private mansions to historic sites; from gardens and squares to covered passages; from hotels and restaurants to bars and more, the French capital has much to offer to the curious traveler in search of fresh, unique destinations. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the true Paris, picturesque and authentic.

2 separate Conversations, ideally with no more than one week between the two the first Conversation will cover the 3rd, 4th, 5th and Montmartre districts of Paris the second Conversation will cover the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 12th and 14th districts of Paris

The daughter of a French perfumer from the city of Grasse, the world's capital of fragrances, Professor Margaux Hofstedt forever associates scents with childhood memories: of her dad's scented fingers; of the fields of roses, jasmine, and tuberose surrounding her family home; of mysterious smells, like sandalwood, and patchouli, brought back from exotic countries. After graduating from the prestigious Higher Institute of Fragrances and Flavors ISIPCA in Versailles, an institution founded by renowned perfumer Jean-Jacques Guerlain, she dedicated her professional life to teaching and lecturing, sharing her passion with various audiences worldwide. She also created perfume-making workshops not only at The House of Fragonard but also at the European University of Flavors and Fragrances in Provence, opening the doors of a sensory journey for anyone interested in understanding the creation process. In addition, she is professor of Food Studies at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France. Prof Hofstedt is bilingual in French and in English.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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