Patricia Staton Thomas and her husband Noel were very special tour clients. Patricia had emailed many months ago and booked two tours for mid-November. We became email friends in between and by the time I met them for their tours, I felt I already knew Patricia so well. In the process, I learned she and Noel had a fascinating background.
For over 30 years Noel & Patricia have built beautiful miniature houses. The houses are magnificent works of art with the most amazing detailing and they have received publicity in magazines such as Architectural Digest & Elle Décor and been seen on the Today’s show. Living in a small progressive town in Oregon about two hours from Portland, they are semi-retired and now teach master classes in building miniature houses. Nowadays Noel is an accomplished watercolor painter, having shows at galleries in his hometown and Patricia is a published poet & writer.
Our first tour was of the Marais, and our second was a new one of the 9th arr., an area most tourists really don’t know or ever see. Unfortunately Noel was ill for our second tour, so Patricia and I explored the 9th arr. on our own, talking passionately about art, life, food, Paris, and all the other great life topics. During our passionate conversation we visited the Gustave Moreau Museum, the residence of the symbolist painter, Square d'Orleans, an historic building from the 1850’s where George Sand & Chopin had their mad love affair& Gustave Eiffel had his studio, the great food shop street rue de Matyrs , which has a boulangerie that has the best baguettes in Paris, the most beautiful confiserie with an incredible selection of the finest chocolates & candies and two very special shopping passages, Verdeau & Jouffrey.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Patricia & Noel and can’t wait to see them again soon. I was so touched when Patricia gave me a gift of 3 tins of local northwestern canned fish that included white sturgeon, Chinook salmon, & smoked tuna.
Checkout Patricia & Noel’s website
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com