What can be more fun than visiting the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, aka, Patchwork Europe! Exciting plans are being made for the 20th exhibition at this, the largest quilt show in Europe.
The 2014 tour begins in Lyon, France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historic center of the production and weaving of silk. Though Lyon is a large, busy city, our hotel is centrally located within easy reach of the silk weavers' district, the Croix-Rousse, and the old town. In the mid-1800's there were as many as 25,000 silk looms in Lyon. Visits to old weaving workshops, and a guided visit of the Textile Museum are planned, as well as a guided visit of Lyon's Old Town, with its interesting architecture, painted walls and hidden passageways.
From Lyon we take the train to Alsace, a region in Eastern France at its border with Germany. Over the years Alsace has been both French and German and the German influence is immediately apparent in its architecture. Villages are full of colorful half-timbered buildings, decorative shop signs and cobblestone streets. We will visit the factory outlet of Beauvillé, an old company which prints beautiful fabric, most of which becomes table linens. Fabric is also available by the meter here. A short coach ride will take us to Mulhouse for a visit of the Museum of Printed Fabric. Two days will be spent at the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork, or in English, Patchwork Europe.
Lastly we board the TGV and head to Paris for a few days of exploration in the City of Light. Scheduled are morning guided visits of the Carnavalet Museum, the Paris Opera Garnier and a walking tour in the Marais district. The afternoons will be free.
Careful thought with great attention to detail, has been given to the visits and activities on this year's itinerary. Since the first tour in 1995, we have worked diligently to offer you the best possible experience. Jeanne Mills and Suzanne Cox are seasoned travelers, who love exploring in France. We hope you will join us for a fun-filled exciting trip.
Come, be inspired as you travel with friends, quilters and others,
who love visiting France and learning about its culture and history.
September 11-24, 2014
Cost: $3700 per person in twin room
A few single rooms are available; single room supplement is $825.
Group size is limited to 20 participants
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