And we're off...

 Hemingway makes an unusual appearance at "La Closerie des Lilas" in White Plains to mark the inauguration of Travellati Tours.   

Hemingway makes an unusual appearance at "La Closerie des Lilas" in White Plains to mark the inauguration of Travellati Tours.   

We celebrated the launch of Travellati Tours last Wednesday with a quick jaunt to Paris.

We were delighted to make the acquaintance of new friends – and to welcome old ones – as everyone got a bit tight on good French wine at the anemone spangled tables of "La Closerie des Lilas," White Plains edition.

 Our lovely patrons who ventured out for "An Evening with Hemingway." 

Our lovely patrons who ventured out for "An Evening with Hemingway." 

Hemingway was our featured guest for the evening in a reversal of the charming movie Midnight in Paris. Hem was rather shocked that he had somehow journeyed through time and space to White Plains and a year when people keep tiny phones in their pockets. He didn’t seem too fazed, though, as he scribbled in his notebook and reminisced on the great minds of the “lost” generation who drank together in the bars of Montparnasse. 

As usual, Hem’s thoughts wandered to the process of writing, explaining to those around him that “an idea is like a fish.”

 Beautiful smiles at our very own La Closerie des Lilas. 

Beautiful smiles at our very own La Closerie des Lilas. 

“You’ll be sitting there for hours just writing and writing the worst material – and I mean real garbage– but you just gotta keep casting your lure,” Hemingway espoused. “Out it goes and back in it comes. And when you finally snag it – I don’t care if your own mother, St. Peter, or Elijah himself appears – do not stop writing until you have it.”

In case you missed the event, you can see a short video of Hemingway sharing his stories and his wit with the crowd.  

While it was a charming affair, we anticipate meeting Hemingway and some of his friends in the real Paris this Summer. We have two tour dates for 2016:

  • June 17-26
  • July 15-24
     

Details on our Papa's Paris tour are available here.

Happy travels,

Liz