Tour follows trail of black artists through France

July 31, 1994|By New York Daily News

The first tour of its kind, "Black Paris, Plus . . ." follows the Harlem Renaissance trail into the haunts of America's expatriate black artists and writers.

"Black Paris" -- the Paris that nurtured Sidney Bechet, Josephine Baker, Countee Cullen, Henry O. Tanner, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and other gifted black American musicians, entertainers, painters and writers -- is the theme of a groundbreaking tour of the neighborhoods and institutions that gave these artists freedom to flower. The 14-day tour departs the United States Sept. 16.

Through visits to the restaurants where the black artists gathered, the nightclubs in which they performed, the schools where they trained, and the galleries that exhibited their works, the tour provides a thorough, intimate understanding of the struggles and successes that, springing from the celebrated Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, made their reputations international.

Meals are often related to the tour's theme: lunch at La Rotonde, the vintage literary cafe on the Boulevard Montparnasse, and dinners at the Michelin-starred North African restaurant Timgad; the Arab Institute's rooftop restaurant, overlooking Notre Dame and the lights of Paris; Le Chanticler, in the Negresco Hotel, Nice; and the Colombe d'Or, in Vence, close to the Baldwin home.

Prices per person range from $6,227 (Air France economy class) to $10,727 (Concorde) from New York City. All transfers and other ground transportation, continental breakfast daily, one lunch and five dinners, all sightseeing entry fees and the services of a professional tour manager are included.

For more information, brochures and reservations, contact: Accent Travel, 15 W. 39th St., New York, N.Y. 10018; (800) 562-2236 or (212) 944-2069.

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